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Powell Peak

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Northeast Ridge II, Class 4 T 
Snark T 

Powell Peak Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 13,208'
Location: 40.2658, -105.664 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: ClimbandMine on Jul 9, 2002
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BETA PHOTO: Dakers Gowans approaching the NE face of Powell Pe...


Powell Peak is a somewhat non-descript mountain to the west of Thatchtop on the south side of the Sky Pond Cirque in Loch Vale. It does, however, play host to Vanquished Buttress, the North Face Icefield, and North Gully. Views of the Cathedral Spires, the Grepon, Sharkstooth, and others are unmatched.

Getting There 

Park at the Glacier Gorge Trailhead (or Bear Lake) and approach via Loch Vale and Sky Pond.

Climbing Season

Weather station 9.0 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Powell Peak

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Powell Peak:
Northeast Ridge II, Class 4   4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b R     Trad, Alpine, Grade II   
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Featured Route For Powell Peak
Rock Climbing Photo: Powell's Northeast Ridge on a bluebird day.

Northeast Ridge II, Class 4 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Powell Peak
This is the long, jagged ridge connecting Thatchtop to Powell Peak. This ridge traverse starts out easy but becomes very exposed for a hundred meters or so. Steep on the northwest side and near vertical on the southeast side, make for some interesting class 4 and 5 slab and crack climbing in a spectacular, remote alpine setting. The position and length of ridge here are hard to beat....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Local Information for Powell Peak
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Rock Climbing Photo: N. face icefields. 10/7/06.
N. face icefields. 10/7/06.
Rock Climbing Photo: Ted Fisher.  N. face icefields. 10/7/06.
Ted Fisher. N. face icefields. 10/7/06.

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By L. Hamilton
Feb 22, 2003
The NE face of Powell Peak, approached via Solitude Lake, is one of the park's hidden gems. A six-pitch 5.6 route, Snark, ascends the center of this face on good rock.
By Hamish Gowans
From: Golden, CO
Aug 30, 2006
Approach BETA for Solitude Lake cirque:
The approach leaves the trail at a clearing about .5 Miles past Mills Lake. Turn 90 deg. R and cross Glacier Brook on two large, flat, boulders. Follow a faint climber's trail up some steep and very well-irrigated hillside, generally sticking right when faced with a choice (especially if a log handrail is present -see FOTH for explanation re: handrails as navigation devices). Eventually you'll pick up the cairns.

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