Emperor Couloir

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Emperor Couloir

Submitted By: E_Poore on June 29, 2013

Administrator: E_Poore

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Route Type:
  • Couloir
Descent Difficulty: Advanced
Descent Rating:
  • Spring
Ascent Type
- Skin Track: Moderate
- Bootpack: Moderate
- Mountaineering: Moderate
Starting Elevation: 9,800 ft ft.
Elevation Gain: 3300 - 4500 ft ft.
High Point: 14,270 ft.
Max Slope Angle: 40°


Take the Bakersfield exit off of I-70.  Head towards the Gray's and Torrey's Sumer Trailhead.  Turn right onto Grizzly Gultch Road and follow RD 189 and then 189.1c to continue high.  189.1c is a 4WD road with up to 3 stream crossings.  Low clearance vehicals should park where 189.1c starts.

At the third stream crossing the couloir is on your left.  Begin the boot pack up the face and enter to couloir where one of the longest sustained snow climbs in Colorado awaits!


Equipment Needs

Ice axe, crampons, skins or trail runner in late season (for the appraoch), avy gear.


Fun sustained line.  Max slope angle is about 40 degrees.  The couloir does not drop directly off the summit.  From the summit you can descend north down the ridge to the top of the couloir. 

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