North Face Couloir 1
Avg: 2 from 1 vote
|Type:||Alpine, 2250 ft, Grade II|
|Page Views:||216 total, 4/month|
|Shared By:||TacoDelRio on Jul 28, 2013|
|Admins:||jt512, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes|
DescriptionA fun and easy 2200ft snow climb in the quiet San Gabriel backcountry. A pretty easy hike in with a little land-nav required (routefinding to you gym climbers). A good intro to mountaineering.
Be aware of possible avalanche danger, as there are cornices and large avy-prone slopes near the top in winter. Use yer head.
LocationUse a map for this.
Find your way up Lytle Creek. The main drag turns to gravel (3n06) after a while. Take this up to the gate that sometimes blocks access to Baldy Notch. Park here.
Hike up the major canyon west to the toe of the ridge. Again, use a map. Sometimes people on the internet get all pissy when you tell them this, but map reading skills are kinda slightly important. Navigate your way to the base of the ridge that heads up to the summit of Harwood. Can't miss it. The terrain in the canyon can be a bit complex, but trust yer gut and head for it. Now, you're going to go right up the major canyon that splits Harwood from Dawson. Follow this for a while until you're at the base of the first major couloir on the east end of the north face of Harwood. This is #1 of around 7 couloirs that head up the north face. Go up.
Now, to get back down, you have a million options. The BEST one by far is to hike down the Devils Backbone all the way directly to the car. Since you parked by that gate, you're conveniently at the toe of one of these ridges from DBB. Bust out that map and pay attention. You'll hike down the trail a bit until you hit the ski runs. Here be a fork! Two wide runs. Go straight/left and stay on the ridge. The run goes left and then sharp right. Go straight/left/not right! Stay on this ridge. Follow this ridge all the way down. The ridge splits several times. Stay on the ridge that takes you to your car at that locked gate. This is where all your high speed landnav training has come in. Show you're a super Souljah by not screwing this up. If you go too far left, you'll run the risk of 'cliffing out' on some super crappy rock. Same thing right but a little less steep I think. I'm not sure because I'm a high speed slayer of bodies, so I didn't mess up and I got off the ridge and onto flat ground literally a dozen yards from the car. You've made the Chalupastani people proud.