Eagle Lake Ice Climbing
|GPS:||40.211, -105.652 Google Map · Climbing Map|
|Shared By:||Joe Brannan on Apr 18, 2010|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac|
DescriptionAbove Eagle Lake between Tanima Peak and Mahana Peak and just below Eagle's Beak are several options for a climber willing to travel a bit further into the backcountry during the snow seasons. Here you will find several secluded virgin-ice falls in a stunning setting. The ice offers anything from WI2 to WI4+, and there is enough of it for two days of fun climbing. Mixed lines are also here for those compelled to scratch it up. Camp close and enjoy a hidden gem of RMNP.
A backcountry permit is required for camping in RMNP. You can self register until May 1st at the Wild Basin TH.
Getting ThereApproach as for Hidden Falls and Ouzel Falls. Continue past Ouzel Falls on the Thunder Lake trail. At approximately 9,800, head off trail with the intention of following North St. Vrain Creek up to its confluence with a tributary originating out of Eagle Lake. Follow the tributary past Mertensia Falls up a forested headwall. A second headwall must be overcome near treeline. Once at Eagle Lake, the ice will be obvious.
Traveling light with skis can probably get you there in around 4 hours. It's approximately 8 miles from the snow closure at 8380' and around 3k vertical feet with some ups and downs on the approach.
Avalanche terrain is minimal until you leave North St. Vrain Creek and head up toward Eagle Lake. Beyond this point, your ability to assess and respond accordingly to snow pack stability is critical.
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