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Lone Eagle Peak  


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Elevation: 11,920'
Location: 40.0714, -105.66 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Pinklebear on Aug 11, 2005
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BETA PHOTO: Lone Eagle Peak with Stettner route shown.

Description 

Lone Eagle Peak, though a mere 11,900 feet high, is one of the most remote and beautiful granite peaks in Colorado. It sits just west of the Continental Divide in the Indian Peaks near Pawnee Pass and is host to a classic Stettner route, the 5.7 north face, a must-do for the grade.

The Lone Eagle Cirque can be approached from the east over Pawnee Pass or from the west starting at the Monarch Lake trailhead. No matter which way you go it's a long hump. There is plenty of potential for new (trad) routes and bouldering in the Crater Lake/Triangle Lake area. This area is quite pristine. Do your best to keep it that way!

Getting There 

From the east: access the Brainard Lake Recreation Area via the Peak-to-Peak Highway (northwest of Denver and north of Nederland). Drive west past Brainard Lake to the Long Lake trailhead and follow the Pawnee Pass trail 4-5 miles to the pass at 12,500 feet on the Continental Divide. Descend the west side of Pawnee Pass (very steep), passing Pawnee Lake en route to a junction with the Crater Lake Trail 3 miles below the pass. Hike a gentle uphill mile south to Crater Lake (camping permit required -- you can get these at the National Forest Service office in Boulder). Lone Eagle Peak is the towering pinnacle just south of and above the lake.

From the west: per Kaner: take US 34 north out of Granby. Exit to the east on Arapaho Bay Road. Skirt the southern side of Grand Lake; the road turns into solid gravel, smooth and well-kept, no 2WD worries.

Pass Arapaho Bay and continue towards Monarch Lake Trailhead. Park and start hiking east on Cascade Creek Trail. Follow signs towards Crater Lake, Lone Eagle dominates.

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.7 miles from here

7 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',1],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',2],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Lone Eagle Peak:
Fair Glacier   Steep Snow     Snow, Alpine, 1400'   
Solo Flight   4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b     Trad, Alpine, 5280'   
Mohling Traverse   5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c     Trad, Alpine, Grade III   
North Face   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 11 pitches   
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Featured Route For Lone Eagle Peak
Joey Thompson on the ridge of Lone Eagle Peak.

Mohling Traverse 5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c  CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Lone Eagle Peak
This sustained excursion (lots of 4th and easy 5th class) starts on the summit of Lone Eagle Peak (reached either via the North Face Route or Solo Flight) and traverses south along a spectacular ridge to the seldom-visited summit of Iriquois (12,799). From the summit of Lone Eagle follow the Solo Flight route south to the one point at which it drops over a notch onto the west side of the ridge. Descend 100 feet west down a gully and continue up and south on a grassy, diagonalling bench below t...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of Lone Eagle Peak Slideshow Add Photo
Lone Eagle Peak highlighted with an early snow fall on Oct. 5, 2008.
Lone Eagle Peak highlighted with an early snow fal...
Lone Eagle Cirque.
Lone Eagle Cirque.
Moonlight.
Moonlight.
Diamond Dave traversing off the summit of Lone Eagle. In the background is Iroquois Peak and Fair Glacier on the left.
Diamond Dave traversing off the summit of Lone Eag...
Descending Solo Flight.
BETA PHOTO: Descending Solo Flight.
nice evening at Crater lake
nice evening at Crater lake
Lone Eagle Peak from Mirror Lake.
Lone Eagle Peak from Mirror Lake.
Ridge line south from Lone Eagle Peak summit.
Ridge line south from Lone Eagle Peak summit.
From the west side of Shoshone Peak: The North Face route diagonals left across the tree-covered bench into the shadowy cleft splitting the face.
BETA PHOTO: From the west side of Shoshone Peak: The North Fac...
The peak.
The peak.
A good look at the north face route (most of the climbing is to the ENE).
BETA PHOTO: A good look at the north face route (most of the c...
Lone Eagle over Crater Lake.
Lone Eagle over Crater Lake.
Becky ON the summit! (climbing from the North Face Route)
Becky ON the summit! (climbing from the North Face...

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By Legs Magillicutty
From: Littleton
Jul 26, 2004
Bring your bug spray!!! The mosquitos are AWFUL this year.
By Kaner
From: Eagle
Oct 19, 2008
Getting There #2
Take US 34 north out of Granby. Exit to the east on Arapaho Bay Road. Skirt the southern side of Grand Lake; the road turns into solid gravel, smooth and well-kept, no 2WD worries.

Pass Arapaho Bay and continue towards Monarch Lake Trailhead. Park and start hiking east on Cascade Creek Trail. Follow signs towards Crater Lake, Lone Eagle dominates.
By Simon
From: Colorado Springs
Feb 16, 2011
Google map link

Decimal co-ordinates 40.071392,-105.660682.
GPS co-ordinates N 40 04.284, W 105 39.641.
Degs, mins & secs N40 04 17, W105 39 38.
By Klimbien
From: StGeorge Orem Littlton Vegas
Jun 1, 2013
Kaner - thank you for the how to get there directions - I can't begin to explain how frustrated I have been with this and many of the Gov. websites... so many people assume you're local. Some of these directions really need to start by mentioning a couple of the surrounding cities to help get one in the right vicinity of the state. 14ers.com is the worst at this.... Thanks again! Much appreciated.

P.S. the Gov. website gave this info - from Colorado Highway 72 at Ward, turn west onto the Brainard Lake Road. Travel 2.5 miles to the Brainard Gateway Trailhead, and continue another two miles to Brainard Lake. The entrance station is open seasonally.
By Leo Paik
Administrator
From: Westminster, Colorado
Jun 1, 2013
Klimbien, there are 2 ways to access this Peak. One is from the West - as per Kaner. The other is from the East as per the original directions. It depends on how much you want to walk vs. how much you want to drive.
By Jerimiah Gentry
From: Denver, CO
Mar 2, 2014
Does anyone have any information on Winter access? Not for the purpose of climbing but just to explore and enjoy the solidude? I appreciate that it would be a huge hike / skin.