Skyscraper Couloir

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Skyscraper Couloir

Submitted By: Jozey on October 11, 2010

Administrator: Jozey

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Route Type:
Descent Difficulty:
Season:
  • Spring
Ascent Type
- Skin Track:
- Bootpack: moderate
- Mountaineering: moderate
Starting Elevation: 11600 ft.
Elevation Gain: 1800 feet round trip ft.
High Point: 12,383 feet ft.
Max Slope Angle: 50°

Approach

Get to Rollins Pass by exiting off of Rt 40 and onto Corona Pass Road 149, which is about 2 miles south of Winter Park. Corona Pass Road will take you straight up to Rollins Pass. From the pass you will be able to look north and see Skyscraper Peak with the Skyscraper Couloir to the right of the peak. Start hiking northwest from the pass onto a broad ridgeline keeping the big basin and sheer cliffs to your right. There is a narrow footpath to follow all the way to the summit of Skyscraper Peak. The obvious couloir is just off the shoulder of the summit and drops straight down to Skyscraper Reservoir. From the reservoir you can pick your way through willows, wildflowers, streams and marshy areas. People will often bring an ice axe and ascend the slope for an easy hike back along the high meadows rather than risk getting caught in the willows down low.

Equipment Needs

Ice axe if climbing back up the couloir.

Descent

Steep and wide couloir with a poor runout. An uncontrolled fall will lead to a bad fall into talus or a drop in the drink.

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