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Routes in East Partner Peak (aka Peak V)

Partner Peaks Traverse T Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c
Elevation: 13,057 ft
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Shared By: fossana on Aug 13, 2012
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

Description

East Partner Peak (aka Peak V) is an unnamed peak in the Gore Range that hovers above Pitkin Lake (~11,362 feet). The rock is fractured but fairly solid in the alpine sense. Several options exist for linkups, the most popular being the traverse to West Partner Peak (aka Peak U). You won't encounter the crowds like those in RMNP or on the 14'ers. I had the peak to myself on a fairly sunny Sunday and counted only a handful of ascents in the week prior to mine.

Getting There

East Partner Peak is most easily accessed via the Pitkin Trail trailhead (~8,476 feet) out of East Vail. To reach the trailhead, take exit 180 on I-70. Take the northern frontage road SE for ~ 0.25 miles. Park in the lot just before the road dead ends at a condo/apartment complex. The trailhead is marked by a large sign. As of August 2012, you can leave your car in this lot for up to 2 days.

Take the Pitkin trail to its end at Pitkin Lake. The relatively well-maintained trail winds through aspen groves, alpine meadows and streams. Latitude 40 maps list the mileage at 5.0 miles; CO Scrambles calls it 4.4 miles. The peak lies NE of the lake. Note that there is no label/elevation listed on the Vail & Eagle Latitude 40 map; the peak lies just south of the "O" in GORE RANGE.

There is water along the way, but treatment is recommended given the amount of human/canine traffic. According to the sign, the trail is off-limits to bikes, motorized vehicles, and hang gliders.

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Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c
Partner Peaks Traverse
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Partner Peaks Traverse Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c Trad, Alpine
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