Looking east at the West Ridge. Thunder Lake belo...
This is an officially named mountain but is really the high point of a spur extending east from The Divide, just south of Mt. Alice. Two routes climb the south-facing wall, and the 5th class West Ridge is an easy way to add this summit to a Mt. Alice adventure.
The solitude of this summit is worth the effort.
From the Wild Basin trailhead, follow the trail to Thunder Lake and then on to Falcon Lake, directly below the peak. Tip: just before you reach the bridge crossing the creek at the base of the Calypso Cascades, there is a right turn one can take that shaves 1 mile or so off of the approach. The sign only suggests access to backcountry campsites, but the trail actually follows the creek all the way up to reconnect with the main trail.
Climbing Season For the RMNP - Rock area.
Weather station 6.9 miles from here
1 Total Climbing Routes
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Featured Route For Pilot Mtn.
West Ridge 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c CO
: Alpine Rock
: ... : Pilot Mtn.
This is the easiest route to the summit. Stay right on the ridge for some great exposure, or drift to the left for some slab climbing. The approach gully is obvious from the tarns below, but if you are approaching after summiting Mt. Alice, descend the SE slopes, and begin traversing south as soon as you can. Contour around until you are just below the first high point on the ridge extending east from the Divide south of Mt. Alice. Look for a narrow 100' 4th class gully that is choked with l...[more] Browse More Classics in CO