'S6' Pk 13,441 Climbing
|GPS:||38.007, -107.847 Google Map · Climbing Area Map|
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|Shared By:||Stiles on Aug 10, 2016|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC|
The Iron Mountain Trail ends close to the south face of S6, this peak rising in the back north corner of the closed valley. Camping above the end of the Iron Mt. Trail is in Spectacular solitudinous alpine meadow scenery, complete with lots of noisy running water, flower carpets, and jagged skylines. The south face consists of maximum-angle loose scree gullies of various colors and characteristics of unstable. Options abound; all steep and loose, Class II+. Many peaks are accessible from this quiet valley. Sometimes there's mewing ewes, too.
Traversing from East or West requires an ability to climb comfortably up and down many gendarmes atop the exposed, shattered knife-edge. Around 600 feet of elevation lost to scramble under cliffs on scree if you climb down off the ridge. From Mears, S6 is one mile east with low fifth-class around and up steep towers prior to the summit. From the east, it's loose and exposed fourth cla ss over sub-summits.
The North face is steepest, though it is only about 600' tall. The face is complex, featuring many couloirs and vertical mini-faces. The North ridge is the tallest feature and has vertical cliffs bottom and top. One skinny couloir snakes straight down a narrow, deep and hidden gully straight from the top; it looks like a really fun, spring, alpine ice climb.
The rock is broken. Rock pro would be unreliable and would likely loosen many rocks upon you if weighted.
The alpine ice climbs face Northeast and become 'enlightened' early. Rockfall is a constant concern in the narrow gullies.
From the North: this is the easiest access. Park at Blue Lakes Trailhead at end of East Dallas Road off of Hi62 south of Ridgway. This is car accessable. Two miles up the Blue Lakes trail is a creek crossing. Past the crossing, follow the creek uphill through thin trees (easy bushwhacking, that is). The creek turns from straight west to straight north around treeline atop the falls. There are no peeks of the face until you crest treeline.
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