Southeast Slope

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Southeast Slope

Submitted By: Dobish on April 23, 2010

Administrator: Dobish

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Route Type:
Descent Difficulty:
Ascent Type
- Skin Track: Moderate
- Bootpack: moderate
- Mountaineering:
Starting Elevation: 10400 ft.
Elevation Gain: 2900 ft.
High Point: 13294 ft.
Max Slope Angle: 32°


The approach to the south-east slope of James Peak is  most commonly done from fall river road, and the St. Mary's Glacier trailhead.  In the spring and summer once the road is clear you can drive up to just about a mile from the summit.  When the road is not open, you will follow the jeep road from the parking lot off of fall river road, and head up to the lake.  Go to the north side of the lake, up the glacier, then continue west up to the peak that you can see directly in front of you.  This is james peak, and the face that you are looking at is the southeast face.

Equipment Needs

This route requires no special gear, but be prepared for sudden weather changes and a lot of wind.  Avy gear is highly suggested.


The descent is a relatively easy descent, that will put you back at the top of St. Mary's Glacier.  it is wide open, with some rocks sticking out here and there.  The top is often windblown and the snow is sun effected since it is east facing.

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