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The Grenadiers  


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Description 

This magnificent sub-range of the San Juans runs roughly from west to east and contains some of the best mountaineering one could hope for. Electric Peak stands at the western end, while the Guardian guards the eastern end as well as its westerly neighbors, Silex and Storm King, which offer 1500 foot steep north faces. On the western end, the south face of Graystone has a most amazing overhanging concave alpine face.

Getting There 

My preference is to take the train in to Elk Park and do the leisurely hike to the Beaver Ponds, then do the grunt up to the basin between Vestal/Arrow or the Trinities the next day. Or if I'm just there for the splendid North Ridge of Arrow, stop at the lower meadows.

Climbing Season



Weather station 10.4 miles from here

12 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',3],['5.7',2],['5.8',4],['5.9',1],['5.10',2],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Grenadiers:
North Face of West Trinity Peak   Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 1100'   West Trinity Peak
Wham Ridge   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c R     Trad, Alpine, 10 pitches, 2000'   Vestal Peak
North Ridge   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Alpine, 10 pitches   Arrow Peak
Center Shift on Wham Ridge    5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 1000'   Vestal Peak
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View of the start we took on "Center Shift."  From the vertical crack in the background, we angled slightly left.

Center Shift on Wham Ridge 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Vestal Peak
Fun alpine climbing on Grenadier quartzite. Exposed, but you won't find the climb to be difficult if you're in climbing shape, have mountain experience, and come prepared to be in the mountains (this is still remote alpine climbing).Instead of climbing the "casual" route, which is the true ridge line of Wham Ridge - i.e., sticking to the right-most ridge line (arete) - climb straight up the middle/center of the Wham face. Again, the climbing's not difficult, but a little harder than the 5.3-5.4 ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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The Grenadier Range seen from high in the Sneffels Range.
The Grenadier Range seen from high in the Sneffels...

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