Odessa Gorge Climbing
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DescriptionThis is an organizational entry to help clarify the database. Hopefully, it will help.
In this gorge lie at least 2 major areas/mountains with snow/mixed/ice to climb. Flattop Mountain & Notchtop Mountain have some well-known lines to enjoy here. There may be more hidden gems tucked in the Little Matterhorn/Tourmaline Spire vicinity of which I am unaware. If so, please submit the info to the database.
Notchtop Couloir Right
Notchtop Couloir Left
North Face Left, 5.7 M4 WI4
Direct North Face, 5.8 M4 WI4
North Face, 5.7 WI3+
Sangya Needs Her Dad, WI6
Jack Needs A Life
Hot Doggies, WI5-6
New Beginnings, M6 WI5
The Hourglass, WI5
Guide's Wall, WI2-3
Getting ThereOnce in the eastern side of RMNP, the easiest approach to this area is likely from Bear Lake. To get there, drive to the end of Bear Lake Rd. Hike around the right side of Bear Lake. About 1/3 the way around the lake, go right at a trail toward Flattop Mt. Follow this trail and branch off toward your destination. Flattop's summit is 4.4 miles. Notchtop is probably 4 miles or so. Little Matterhorn is probably 5 miles or so.
Make sure you pay attention to your bearings once off the trail in the Notchtop area. It is easy for idgits like me to get a bit turned around and the sharply-angled trail can be hard to find in diminishing light/blowing snow/whiteout conditions.
Classic Climbing Routes at Odessa Gorge
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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