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Peak C Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 13,220'
Location: 39.75, -106.3367 View Map  Incorrect?
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Peak C from the road on the way in. The prominent ...


Although not the anchor of the Gores in height, Peak C rises impressively next to Powell and can be easily identified due to its distinct look and steep appearance. Being nestled deep in the Eagles Nest Wilderness, the approaches to Peak C are time consuming but yet rewarding.

Peak C has a variety of rock and snow climbing with the potential for new alpine rock routes on its north face. Overall, the rock quality is good and for those seeking alpine adventure, Peak C has plenty to offer.

Getting There 

From exit 176, off of I-70, in Vail, take the frontage road on the north side the highway for ~1 mile and make a right turn onto Red Sandstone Road. Once on Red Sandstone Road, follow the signs for Piney Lake which is at ~11 miles.

From the parking area, take the trail north of the parking area and follow it up Piney River to the basin below Peak C and Powell.

Climbing Season

For the Alpine Rock area.

Weather station 9.2 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Peak C

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Peak C:
Northwest Ridge   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 500'   
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Featured Route For Peak C
Rock Climbing Photo: General terrain, class 2-5.0.

Ripsaw Ridge 5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c  CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Peak C
The traverse includes Peak C, D, E, F, and G. C', H, and Black are optional. The Rockinghorse Ridge picks up prior to West Partner, and then the Partners Traverse.Start at Piney Lake and gain Peak C via the NW ridge (5.4), the West ridge (class 3), the West couloir (moderate), or North Face (5.7+). Traverse the ridge in classic Gore style, staying proper or utilizing bypasses on the right/West side as necessary - choose your own difficulty, but expect 5.0 minimum depending on route finding.The t...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Joshua Adam Cook
Sep 2, 2014
Sunday August 31st from Trail #1885 in the Gore Mountain Range. Heading to Powell and Peak C Amphitheatre from Trail #1889 confluence, near Piney River Ranch in the Eagle's Nest Wilderness.
Mild sleet glazing had graced the 12K+ level last night. Day was slightly overcast yet minimal wind and pleasant in the valley. Slight wind travelling down slope.
Around 4:30pm - minor sleet and fierce (body pushing) wind howling over ridge top. Precipitation on east side of Peak C, even though mild weather was on the west side of the Gore Range.
In Powell Peak Cirquem the sun was shining (intermittently) as we descended around 6pm.
By Joshua Adam Cook
Sep 2, 2014
Sunday, August 31st, 2014 around 9am four of us took trail #1885 from the Piney River Ranch public parking lot (for information and access to trail #1885 check out- #1885 can be identified on a Colorado Gazetteer and once it breaks from trail #1889 goes towards the falls.
At a well used area around some falls, there is a place to camp and one can continue to pursue a trail next to the stream (off to the right) or break off to the left at that campsite and head toward Powell Peak. The trail up toward Powell generally follows the creek on the lefthand side. It's a bit difficult to decipher sometimes. When in doubt, stay close to the creek. The amphitheater you will enter below Powell and Peak C provides a plethora of saddle hiking options.
The first saddle on the left is a saddle to the left of Powell. The saddle straight ahead once you come over the hill crest (with a campsite on your right) is the Powell Peak-Peak C saddle. To access the Northwest Ridge of Peak C get straight after the Powell Peak-Peak C saddle. However, the next saddle to the right (or third from the left) will provide access to Peak C's southern aspect. We went to the crest of this saddle and discovered another amphitheater. We lost some elevation and chose the third main gully to ascend Peak C. This provided fun 3rd and 4th class scrambling to the summit of Peak C. If you don't like the gully you chose, just keep climbing up and traverse over when you feel comfortable. Sleet and intense wind smashed us in the face at the top of the ridge. Navigate the ridge to the summit however you feel comfortable. Descent is the same as the ascent.

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