North Face of West Trinity Peak
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BETA PHOTO: North Face, West Trinity Peak, San Juan Mountains,...
The North Face of West Trinity Peak is sort of like Wham Ridge's less-attractive, older sister. The arching face is more blocky and ledgy, and has more loose rock than the neighboring north face of Vestal Peak. But it still makes for a fun morning romp.
A band of overhung cliffs blocks the base of the face, but easy paths through can be found up the lefthand side. There is no single clear line once you are on the face; we aimed toward the center, following the line of least resistance. As you gain elevation, the angle gradually steepens and you are pushed toward the left side of the face by more cliffbands. Blocky scrambling at the top takes you to the summit.
The route is described by Rosebrough (1986).
The north side of the mountain is a free-for-all. Pick any line you like.
Descend the Class 2 west ridge if you want to get back to camp, or better yet, continue east toward Middle Trinity Peak and do the Trinities Traverse.
We carried a light alpine rack and rope, but only broke it out to get through the cliff bands at the base (and better route finding probably could have avoided that). The rest of the face was a reasonably straightforward free solo in approach shoes. Watch out for loose blocks, though, and you probably wouldn't want to solo under another party.
|Comments on North Face of West Trinity Peak
By Ray Hellinger
From: Gunnison, CO
Jul 3, 2012
I liked this route. Gets away from the crowds on Wham (ok...like there are crowds in the Grenadiers...) and is very similar climbing. Getting through the cliffbands is fun and interesting. No rope needed if you are an experienced climber, but, it will be an X rating at that point.
By Max Lasky
From: Crested Butte, CO
Jul 27, 2013
This is a really fun route 4th class/easy 5th the entire way. There is a really cool, 25 foot knife edge towards the top that is super fun and exposed! No rope needed for anyone with alpine climbing experience.