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East Ridge 

YDS: 4th French: 1 Ewbanks: 2 UIAA: I ZA: 2 British: M 1b

   
Type:  Trad, Alpine, Grade III
Consensus:  YDS: 4th French: 1 Ewbanks: 2 UIAA: I ZA: 2 British: M 1b [details]
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Submitted By: Doug Hemken on Aug 14, 2009

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Above Hanging Canyon

Description 

Overall, this route presents a little less 4th class and much more solid rock than the standard SW Couloir. If I were peak bagging (which I was the day I did it), I would prefer the East Ridge.

The crux is either gaining the East Ridge, or descending via the SW Couloir (you could also descend via the East Ridge). Jackson & Ortenberger describe heading up toward the base of Symmetry, then traversing left on a ledge system. Instead, I headed up the rocks for the lowest trees between Sam's Throne and the East Ridge (4th class, cleaned up some rap slings). It also looks possible to scramble up a loose, dirty gully from near the mouth of the Cube Point/Sam's Throne gully.

Once you gain the ridge, W of Sam's Throne, scramble to the summit via easy 3rd class.

Location 

Follow the NPS-maintained (but undocumented) trail from the NW side of Jenny Lake up past Ribbon Cascade to Hanging Canyon. From the boulders near Arrowhead Lake, head for the col between Sam's Throne (the pinnacle W of Cube Point) and Symmetry Spire.

Protection 

A good pair of hiking boots or shoes. You may want an axe if you descend via the SW Couloir and it still holds snow.


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Symmetry Spire and Cube Point.  The East Ridge is the left-hand skyline.
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By Andrew Carson
From: Wilson, WY
Jul 21, 2010

This is among the most pleasant scrambles in the range. Excellent views, enjoyable upward travel to a real summit. You can also count on the absence of others, for the most part. A route such as this is not in style these days.
By Stew Paul
From: Jackson, WY
Jun 30, 2013

1st pitch - follow climbers trail up the left side of the East Couloir. Trail crosses couloir and follow a ramp/ledge down and around the east ridge about ten yards, belay from platform with large trees.