Elevation: 11,500 ft
GPS: 40.273, -105.648 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Bill Duncan on Apr 15, 2011
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
Access Issue: Seasonal Closures Details

Description

The stunning Shelf Cirque is formed by 4 mountains and their connecting ridges. Clockwise they are: Arrowhead, McHenry's Peak, Powell Peak, and Thatchtop. Within the cirque lie Solitude Lake and Shelf Lake (and a bunch of ravenous marmots). You must pass through Shelf Cirque to reach McHenrys Notch Couloir, Hourglass Couloir, and is also the easiest approach to NE Ridge or Arrowhead Arete of McHenry's Peak.

Getting There

Approach as for Black Lake, but approximately 1 mile after Mills Lake, look for a small meadow with a faint trail heading west. There may be a sign here now. Cross the creek and follow the faint trail straight up the hill to Shelf Lake.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Shelf Cirque

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Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c
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Shelf Cirque Traverse
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Shelf Cirque Traverse
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Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c Trad, Alpine
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