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Queen's Way 

Steep Snow

   
Type:  Snow, Alpine, 2000'
FA: Unknown
Season: Spring
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Submitted By: Kirk Miller on Dec 30, 2009

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Apache from the East. Queen's Way is the couloir ...

Description 

Climbing Apache via the beautiful upper South Saint Vrain drainage and the Isabelle Glacier provides a fun day with beautiful scenery and a killer 2,000' ski descent as reward.

Location 

From Brainard Lake head up the South Saint Vrain drainage to Lake Isabelle and on to the Isabelle Glacier. From the Southwest corner of the glacier the route takes the steep snow ramp to a saddle below Apache's summit.

Protection 

Climb early while the snow is frozen and time your descent to catch the corn.


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Looking down Queen's Way from mid-way up.
Looking down Queen's Way from mid-way up.
Queen's Way in red.
Queen's Way in red.
Skiing down. Awesome ski descent! Or split board. Aaron "Doc" Miller in photo.
Skiing down. Awesome ski descent! Or split board. ...
Climbing QW.
Climbing QW.
Lower down on QW.
Lower down on QW.
Approaching in the early spring. Great conditions.
BETA PHOTO: Approaching in the early spring. Great conditions.
Queen's Way descent.
Queen's Way descent.

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By Rick Blair
From: Denver
Jul 23, 2012
rating: Steep Snow

Slope measurements on the way up:
Entrance 30
Midway 38
Top 42
These were taken on my mountaineering axe laid on surfaces that appeared to best represent the overall slope. Likely there are localized areas of steeper snow and snow conditions would certainly change this. My visual slope readings from the moraines down below were around 45 degrees.