Mount Toll Climbing
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Mount Toll is a very attractive peak in the Indian Peak Wilderness easily accessible from the Brainard Lake area. There is an easy Class 2 hiking route to the summit on the southern side and several easy/moderate technical rock climbs on the northern side. The cliff on the northern side is solid granite and the position of the climbing is "classic" Colorado alpine. The actual climbing is about 200m with the option of a harder, independent summit tower (that can be avoided by 4th class scrambling). The routes on this cliff are really great "beginner" alpine rock climbs, not overly committing with a walk off descent. There are also some very nice spring snow climbing and skiing possibilities. Early starts required for all routes to avoid the standard afternoon thundershowers and lightning. Wildflowers are abundant in July and August. All of these routes are described in Gerry Roach's Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness: Classic Hikes and Climbs.
From Boulder, drive north up US 36 to Left Hand Canyon. Take Left Hand Canyon up through the small mountain town of Ward to Peak to Peak Highway. Make a right on Peak-to-Peak Hwy. and a fast left (~200 m) onto the Brainard Lake Recreation Area road. Drive 5 miles to Brainard Lake, paying the $6.00 (may be more now) user fee on the way. Drive around the right side of Brainard Lake and park at the Mitchell Lake trailhead (get there early - very popular). Hike ~3 miles to Blue Lake. Follow a faint trail around Blue Lake on the right to the basin above the lake. The Class 2 hiking route heads left to the saddle below the south ridge. Head right to the saddle beneath the north ridge for the rock climbing routes.
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