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Elevation: 12,129 ft 3,697 m
GPS: 40.3186, -105.694
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Shared By: Malcolm Daly on Nov 29, 1999
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Odessa Gorge is one long gorge beginning at the top with Notchtop Mountain and ending at the bottom at Moraine Park. The upper end features a wide variety of ice climbing, from the classic alpine route up the North Face of Notchtop, to the wild, free-swinging Hot Doggie. At the bottom end of the gorge is the cold weather classic, Jaws.

This subarea only contains ice/mixed/snow routes.

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Enter the park through the Beaver Meadows entrance and take your first left, heading towards Bear Lake. For Jaws, drive to the Moraine Park Campground and turn right. Go to the end of the plowed road and park. Hike 2 miles up the road until you see Jaws on your right.

To get to the climbs on Notchtop, drive to the Bear Lake parking lot. Head right around the lake on the Flattop Mountain trail. At the first major switchback, go left at the junction with the Bierstadt Lake trail. Once the trail hits the ridge, contour right, following the signs to Lake Helene, Fern Lake, and Odessa Gorge. From the north side of Lake Helene, look north and west down into the gorge to see Grace Falls and the Hot Doggie area. Look up to see the North Face of Flattop.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Notchtop & vicinity

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
WI4
 11
Grace Falls
Trad, Ice, Alpine
WI5
 5
Hot Doggie
Trad, Ice, Alpine
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b WI3 Easy Snow
 44
North Face (which actually faces…
Trad, Ice, Snow, Alpine 5 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Grace Falls
 11
WI4 Trad, Ice, Alpine
Hot Doggie
 5
WI5 Trad, Ice, Alpine
North Face (which actually…
 44
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b WI3 Easy Snow Trad, Ice, Snow, Alpine 5 pitches
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