A beautiful but rugged drainage with lots of potential for multi-pitch alpine routes. Along with a really nice 90ft Ice route.
Follow the directions on the Portnuef range description. The hike up the drainage is rouphly 2.7 miles with no trail. Just use common sense with your route finding, stay out the gut of the drainage and contour as much as possible. Use the travel maps provided and you won't have any problem locating the routes.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Upper Rock Creek Drainage:
Rock Creek Runnel WI2-3 Ice, Alpine, 1 pitch, 90 feet
South Ridge Berk/Taylor 5.9+ WI2- Mod. Snow PG13 Trad, Ice, Snow, Alpine, 7 pitches, 1500 feet, Grade III
Featured Route For Upper Rock Creek Drainage
South Ridge Berk/Taylor 5.9+ WI2- Mod. Snow PG13 ID : Portnuef Range : Upper Rock Creek Drainage
The route is cowboy style! Make it as hard or as easy as you want to. When you get in to URCD a mile and half look left at the south face and start climbing. The route will take you over numerous shelfs from 25 feet to about 70 feet in height. In higher snow conditions ice will form on certain pitches so take tools and crampons.Descent: easiest route down is to hike north and drop into the next drainage follow it west to the flats....[more] Browse More Classics in ID