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The 13,988' Grizzly Peak in the Sawatch Range near Independence Pass is surprisingly rugged for the Sawatch, and has one of the best moderate snow couloirs in the state. The couloir is even better to ski than it is to climb. There is a lot of steep rock on this peak as well, but it is probably all very crumbly.
From Independence Pass (CO 82), head south on the very rough Lincoln Campground road - this is just east of the Grotto Walls climbing areas. 4WD or a 2WD you don't much care for is recommended. Park just past the Grizzly Reservoir at the marked Grizzly Lake trailhead after 6-7 miles. There is good free dispersed camping before and after the trailhead. The drive from the highway takes about 30-45 minutes with a 4WD.
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The Grizzly Couloir is a classic steep snow couloir that goes almost directly to the summit of 13,988' Grizzly Peak, the highest 13er in Colorado. It makes an excellent snow climb for the mountaineer, and one hell of a ski descent.From the Grizzly trailhead at 10,560', walk 3.5 miles up the easy trail to Grizzly Lake at 12,400'. It would impossible to get lost, and most of the hiking is fairly flat. Hike around the lake, and up talus to the big snow couloir that comes down to the right from t...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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