Elevation: 13,310 ft
GPS: 40.239, -105.663 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Holly Barnard on Jul 8, 2002
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Mt. Alice is a relatively remote 13,000 foot peak located deep in Wild Basin of RMNP. The climbs are located on its steep, impressive, and intimidating east face, and consists of mostly older aid lines with the exception of Central Ramp (5.8) which is probably the most popular route. Like all alpine climbs, these routes should not be taken lightly. This is especially true for Mt. Alice due to its remote location (8 miles back). Don't expect to see crowds. It's likely you'll be the only party there. Since these routes don't see a lot of traffic, you should expect dirt, loose rock, and lots of plant life. A true backcountry/alpine experience.

The climbs start part-way up the face. They are accessed by hiking up the snow chute on the left (a little steep) or by cutting up and across from the right on a 3rd-4th class ramp which is a spicy in a couple spots (we roped up for part of it).

After tagging the summit, walk off to the south and drop down the gully between Mt. Alice and Pilot Mt. to return to the base or continue south to Boulder-Grand Pass and hike down to Thunder Lake and enjoy all the alpine flowers.

Getting There

Head up to RMNP and Estes Park. Take CO Hwy 7 south out of Estes, through Meeker Park, to the Wild Basin entrance of RMNP. After entering the gates, drive about 2 [miles] down the dirt road to the trailhead for Thunder Lake. Hike the Thunder Lake trail for about 5 miles to the Lion Lakes turnoff. Hike up to Lion Lake and head up to the alpine meadow and boulderfield to the west. The objective will be obvious by this point - head to the base and pick the least scary approach to the start of the climbs.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Mt. Alice

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a
Hourglass Ridge
Trad, Alpine
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Central Ramp
Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Hourglass Ridge
3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a Trad, Alpine
Central Ramp
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
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John Korfmacher
Fort Collins, CO
John Korfmacher   Fort Collins, CO
This peak is not heavily traveled, and there is a lot of potential for new routes. The good rock high up on the peak, left of the central gully, looks especially attractive and there are a good number of lines available which would likely be 5.10 and up. Good luck, they're too freakin' hard for me! Aug 26, 2009
erik rieger
Sheridan, WY
erik rieger   Sheridan, WY
My partner and I were able to secure a bivy permit and overnight car tag for two nights right at the Wild Basin ranger station - it cost $26 total after a short phone call with another ranger. A ranger on patrol below Lion Lake asked to see our permit, FYI. You could probably pirate bivy if well planned, but we were glad to have been legit at that point. Aug 6, 2016
Krister Sorensen
Centennial, CO
Krister Sorensen   Centennial, CO
Any routes on the N face of Mt Alice? Amazing looking face as seen from running the Glacier Gorge Traverse yesterday. Aug 27, 2017
My partner and I were up there this past weekend and cam across what looked like an old sliding-x anchor that got blown. Anyone know of any fatalities or injuries on Mt Alice? One of the biners gates has initials stamped into it "DTH". Found on the ramp on the approach to the left side. Aug 28, 2017
Jeff Klassen
Denver, CO
Jeff Klassen   Denver, CO
I climbed this route in September. Here's trip report we wrote for our blog on the experience: twoklassens.com/blog/mt-ali…. Dec 30, 2018