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Routes in Summit Lake Couloirs

Summit Lake Bowl R
Top Gun Couloir M1
Type: Alpine, 1500 ft, Grade II
FA: unknown
Page Views: 908 total, 5/month
Shared By: Bryson Slothower on May 31, 2003 with updates
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Description

This moderate snow route is generally in shape when the road opens in the Spring, and most years is climbable (on snow) through June.

Park at Summit Lake, and head uphill towards the summit. Climb the large, obvious bowl (see photo in rock section), and look for a couloir that stretches furthest uphill to the summit ridge. Follow the bowl until it steepens, then climb the narrow snow couloir until the snow ends and follow 3rd/4th class rock to the ridge. There is sometimes a fixed anchor in the rock section. From the top of the couloir, follow the ridge line East to the summit.

This route makes for an excellent ski as well (advanced). If you are starting from the top and the downclimb into the chute looks hairball, follow the ridge past the couloir, and look for a rocky ledge system that cuts in from the West. An alternative ascent is hitchhiking from the Lake to the summit to ski down.

Protection

An ice axe will do, maybe you can bring crampons if conditions call for them.

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