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Mt. Bancroft  

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Elevation: 13,250'
Location: 39.8375, -105.7002 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: J. Fox on Feb 2, 2009  with updates from Mauricio Herrera Cuadra
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BETA PHOTO: Bancroft from the East showing the start (on left)...


Mt. Bancroft is a low 13er located just south of James Peak and NW of the town of Alice, CO.

There are several routes from easy class-2, the classic 4th class East Ridge, and some harder low to mid 5th class variations on the East Ridge. The north face of the East Ridge holds several steep couloirs that beg to be explored and would make fine spring alpine routes when combined with a finish of the East Ridge route.

The Southeast ridge is mainly used as the descent route and is the class-2 ascent route I mentioned above.

Getting There 

Exit 240 from I-70, just a few miles west of Idaho Springs. Drive ~10 miles to the town of Alice, the hang a left on Alice Rd. (dirt) for ~1.5 miles. Park in a tiny pullout on the right by a trailhead sign (see the photo).

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.3 miles from here

2 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Mt. Bancroft:
East Ridge Direct   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a M2-3 Steep Snow R     Trad, Mixed, Snow, Alpine, 4 pitches, 3000'   
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East Ridge Direct 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a M2-3 Steep Snow R  CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : Mt. Bancroft
The direct E. Ridge of Mt. Bancroft is accessed from just above Loch Lomond. The route is a sustained class 4 ridge scramble with a 60' rappel required in the middle, and several places of low 5th class climbing, especially out of the notch you rap into.There is a harder variation to this route which goes straight up the headwall of the NE buttress. In winter, the climbing on this variation is rather difficult, though low 5th class, due to the snow/ice on all the ledges and the lack of suitabl...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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