Flattop from the Lake Helene side. At least 1 rou...
This is an organizational entry to help clarify the database. Hopefully, it will help.
In this gorge lie at least 2 major areas/mountains with snow/mixed/ice to climb. Flattop Mountain & Notchtop Mountain have some well-known lines to enjoy here. There may be more hidden gems tucked in the Little Matterhorn/Tourmaline Spire vicinity of which I am unaware. If so, please submit the info to the database.
Flattop Gully East Couloir Hourglass Couloir West Couloir
Notchtop Couloir Right
Notchtop Couloir Left
North Face Left, 5.7 M4 WI4
Direct North Face, 5.8 M4 WI4 North Face
, 5.7 WI3+
Sangya Needs Her Dad, WI6
Jack Needs A Life
Pleurodynia, WI5+ Hot Doggies
, WI5-6 New Beginnings
, M6 WI5
The Hourglass, WI5
Guide's Wall, WI2-3 Grace Falls
Once in the eastern side of RMNP, the easiest approach to this area is likely from Bear Lake. To get there, drive to the end of Bear Lake Rd. Hike around the right side of Bear Lake. About 1/3 the way around the lake, go right at a trail toward Flattop Mt. Follow this trail and branch off toward your destination. Flattop's summit is 4.4 miles. Notchtop is probably 4 miles or so. Little Matterhorn is probably 5 miles or so.
Make sure you pay attention to your bearings once off the trail in the Notchtop area. It is easy for idgits like me to get a bit turned around and the sharply-angled trail can be hard to find in diminishing light/blowing snow/whiteout conditions.
Weather station 8.2 miles from here
9 Total Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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North Face (which actually faces NE) 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
: CO Ice & Mixed
: ... : Notchtop & vicinity
North Face follows the concave north face of Notchtop Mountain. [Approach] via a gully on the east right, gain some meadows, and hope that there is ice on the route. Can be prone to avalanche danger. We did the climb in about 4 pitches with some simul-climbing on the snow patches separating the ice sections. The first steep section of ice was not formed (pitch 2) so we traversed left along a ledge and climbed rock (maybe 5.7) to gain the snowfield above. Pitch 4 was the crux, a nicely forme...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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Notchtop as seen from the Approach Trail.
The NE Face of Notchtop from Lake Helene. The Ptar...
Looking into Odessa Gorge with (L to R), Flattop M...
From: Dysfunctional, CO
Mar 6, 2007
Does anyone have any info on the following routes mentioned above:
"Spiral Route (Rating ??)"
"Sangya Needs Her Dad, WI6"
"Jack Needs A Life (Rating ??)"
"The Hourglass, WI5"
I have never seen or heard of these anywhere else but here.
On that note, does anyone know how to get a hold of "new route" info besides this website or the book at Neptune's?
I am guessing I've seen 1 or 2 of these ice routes, but who knows??
Any info would be greatly appreciated - Cheers!!