Russell Peak East Face

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Russell Peak East Face

Submitted By: Dobish on November 15, 2010

Administrator: Dobish

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Route Type:
Descent Difficulty:
Ascent Type
- Skin Track: Moderate
- Bootpack: moderate
- Mountaineering:
Starting Elevation: 11319 ft.
Elevation Gain: 1000 ft.
High Point: 12240 ft.
Max Slope Angle: 46°


The approach is very straightforward. You head out of the parking lot and head West though the old resort up to the radio tower. Continue on up to the ridge line and follow this SW to the top of the peak.  It is much easier with skins or snowshoes rather than a bootpack.

Equipment Needs

Avalanche Gear is highly encouraged on this route as it is in an historic slide path.


The east face of Russell is technical and can be tight depending upon snow conditions.  It is east facing, which means it gets sun early, and it also involves much steeper lines. The longest descents are from the peak, but they are very committing. Once you are up there, there is no backing out and escape routes are hard to come by should something slide.

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