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Northwest Buttress T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
West-Northwest Face T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Elevation: 12,160 ft
Shared By: Joe Stern on Dec 11, 2007
Admins: Mike Snyder
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Description

The appeal of this lesser peak is its ease of access (either from Island Lake or a camp in Indian Basin), simplicity of descent, and shorter routes for those less committing days in the mountains. The north side of the peak offers a variety of 2-6 pitch rock routes from 5.2 - 5.8. The most striking feature of the peak is its Northwest Buttress, a narrow fin of rock.

Rock climbs here will likely happen here in the summer to early fall. There's some fun climbing on this peak, but it's all low angle so you can expect to find a bit of loose rock.

Summit structures visible from Island Lake have earned this formation the nickname of Cairn Peak, but the USGS maps and Kelsey's guide use Elephant Head.

Getting There

Approach is via the Elkhart Park trailhead near Pinedale, Wyoming. It's about 12 miles to Island Lake, or you could climb it from a camp in Indian Basin.

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