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Summit Lake Couloirs

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Approaching the summit ridge.


This is the area above Summit Lake which consits of a number of different snow couloirs. The climbing is mostly moderate snow routes and excellent ski descents. Generally you will not need crampons for these routes, but an ice axe is recommended. It is also possible to reach these couliors from the summit for good skiing. Most years the snow will be gone by mid June. The couloirs face mostly North, and it is difficult to see weather coming in.

Getting There 

From Summit Lake hike South and slightly West towards the obvious snow fields. Pick a line and follow it to the summit. Most routes end with some moderate rock climbing towards the top of the ridge. If going skiing drive to the summit and hike the ridge West until you reach a resonable looking place to drop in.

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Summit Lake Cirque -- Top Gun & Sunrise Couloirs. <br /> <br />I put a little pastel effect on this. Top Gun is the left line, Sunrise is the right big fat hour-glass shape.  <br /> <br />The rock-band is about 3/4 of the way up on Top Gun. We roped up just before this section and used rock pro due to unconsolidated snow; but the climbing is not that difficult.

Top Gun Couloir M1 Steep Snow  CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Summit Lake Couloirs
This is the couloir depicted climber's left of Sunrise Couloir. It is submitted here as a climb, though it is also a ski mountaineer's test-piece. When the couloir melts out during the couloir climbing season, it offers more as to an easy alpine climb. And, as a climb, it can be fickle with snow becoming more unconsolidated as you ascend; but fun just the same. Be aware, this route gets sun, so use the early start, otherwise you might take a beating.I believe we had 45-55 degree snow w...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Dropping near the main summit bowl.
Dropping near the main summit bowl.
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