McClellan Mountain is an oft-overlooked 13-er just east of the very popular Gray's & Torrey's parking lot.
From this side, the West Face of McClellan rises from 1500 feet in craggy escarpments split by couloirs and gully systems.
Ice seems to form quite regularly in the lower reaches of these gully systems, with mellow alpine climbing above. In a good snow year, there might be lots of potential for varied alpine routes in an easy-access location.
Approach as you would for Grays & Torreys. In winter, generally the road from Bakerville off I-70 is not passable by car, so walk, snowshoe, or ski up the road for about 2 miles to the obvious parking lot. McClellan's west face rises sharply and obviously to the east.
The No Name Couloir is an obvious line up the West Face of Mount McClellan from the Gray's & Torrey's parking lot. (This was possibly a first ascent by Ben Marshall and me in mid-March, 2001, although it seems hard to believe no one climbed this before as it's quite obvious.)The crux is the obvious ice, perhaps 50 feet, at the bottom of the couloir, about WI3. From there, 30 - 50 degree snow and ice (depending on conditions) take you for the remainder of the 1400 foot route to the top. There is ...[more]Browse More Classics in CO
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