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Routes in Powell Peak

Northeast Ridge II, Class 4 T Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c R
Snark T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
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Description

Powell Peak is a somewhat non-descript mountain to the west of Thatchtop on the south side of the Sky Pond Cirque in Loch Vale. It does, however, play host to Vanquished Buttress, the North Face Icefield, and North Gully. Views of the Cathedral Spires, the Grepon, Sharkstooth, and others are unmatched.

Getting There

Park at the Glacier Gorge Trailhead (or Bear Lake) and approach via Loch Vale and Sky Pond.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Powell Peak

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c R
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Northeast Ridge II, Class 4
Trad, Alpine
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Northeast Ridge II, Class 4
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Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c R Trad, Alpine
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The NE face of Powell Peak, approached via Solitude Lake, is one of the park's hidden gems. A six-pitch 5.6 route, Snark, ascends the center of this face on good rock. Feb 22, 2003
Hamish Gowans
Golden, CO
Hamish Gowans   Golden, CO
Approach BETA for Solitude Lake cirque:
The approach leaves the trail at a clearing about .5 Miles past Mills Lake. Turn 90 deg. R and cross Glacier Brook on two large, flat, boulders. Follow a faint climber's trail up some steep and very well-irrigated hillside, generally sticking right when faced with a choice (especially if a log handrail is present -see FOTH for explanation re: handrails as navigation devices). Eventually you'll pick up the cairns. Aug 30, 2006

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