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Otis Peak  

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Elevation: 11,000'
Location: 40.2922, -105.6805 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Cor on Aug 31, 2010
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BETA PHOTO: Otis Peak overview.


Otis Peak is a longish ridge to the north of Loch Vale and goes up to the Continental Divide. It hosts Loch Vale Pinnacle, Wham, Zowie, The Solar Wall, Cosmo, Otis Flower Tower, Fire Tower, the Piton Spire, and The Birthday Tower. Under Otis Peak is the Alva Adams Tunnel that brings water from west to east of the Continental Divide.

Getting There 

From Glacier Gorge, go up to The Loch (~2.7 miles). Skirt the Loch on the right (north) side. Head up right on the Andrews Glacier Trail past Andrews Tarn (~3.5 miles). The first spires you see on the right are Wham and Zowie. Further downhill is the Loch Vale Pinnacle. Next are Solar Wall, Otis Flower Tower, and Piton Spire. Expect 1+ hours for the approach.

Climbing Season

Weather station 8.3 miles from here

16 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Otis Peak:
One for the Red Team   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch   Zowie
South Face   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches   Zowie
Piton D'Or (The Golden Piton)   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 600'   Piton Spire
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The small flatiron to the lower right of the South...

One for the Red Team 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Zowie
As you approach Zowie from the south, you will see the chimney on the West side of the South face, this is the standard route. On the East side of the South Face there is a "flatiron" which is the route described by Bell/MacDonald comments in the South Face description.Just left (West) of this variation, there is an large, overhanging, left-facing dihedral. The one-star rating accounts for the moss and lichen. If it were cleaned it could become a classic pitch.This dihedral starts...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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The convoluted southern flanks of Otis Peak.
The convoluted southern flanks of Otis Peak.
I really liked the other photo by Keen Butterworth...
I really liked the other photo by Keen Butterworth...

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