Russell Peak South Shoulder

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Russell Peak South Shoulder

Submitted By: Dobish on November 15, 2010

Administrator: Dobish

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Route Type:
Descent Difficulty:
  • Winter
Ascent Type
- Skin Track: Moderate
- Bootpack: Moderate
- Mountaineering:
Starting Elevation: 11319 ft.
Elevation Gain: 1000 ft.
High Point: 12240 ft.
Max Slope Angle: 48°


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 recommended on this descent.


The south shoulder is one of the more difficult faces of Russell peak, because even though there are more options, there are also a lot more dangers. There are tight couliors, cliffs, and lots of exposure if the snow is not right.  Depending upon the conditions, these lines can be completely filled in, or very exposed.  They heat up pretty quick due to the sun in the spring, so you want to be careful up there.  If you want to ski the south shoulder and you need an escape route, look south to Oatmeal Bowl for other options.

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