NE Couloir or NE face

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NE Couloir or NE face

Submitted By: mtnfiend on July 07, 2011

Administrator: mtnfiend

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Route Type:
Descent Difficulty:
  • Spring
Ascent Type
- Skin Track: Easy
- Bootpack: moderate
- Mountaineering: moderate
Starting Elevation: 10800 to 11700 depending on snow closure ft.
Elevation Gain: 2900 to 2000 depending on starting point ft.
High Point: 13,690 ft.
Max Slope Angle: 45 degrees°


Skin or walk west up the road to Blue lakes reservoir.  Pass the reservoir on it's north side and continue to skin or hike west towards the base of the peak.  There are several options for climbing the peak.  One way is to boot directly up the NE face to the summit.  Another is to boot up the small couloir to lookers right (north) of the summit, gain the north ridge, then scramble south along the north ridge to the summit.  The last option is to boot up a small couloir to lookers left (south) of the summit, gain the ridge, then scramble north along the ridge to the summit.

Equipment Needs

Crampons and an axe may be required depending on your climbing abilities and snow conditions.


Depending on snow cover, it may be possible to descend NE off the summit to the open snow field above the NE couloir.  You can also descent east off the summit and traverse skiers left to the snow field above the NE couloir.  When we skied it, the couloir narrowed about half way down the face to about 6 feet (this of course will vary with timing/snow conditions).  Once thru the narrow section, you're basically at the top of the apron, so let 'em rip!!
For extra credit, climb and ski one of the north facing couloirs on North Star Mountain on the way back to the car.

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