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Page Type: Route

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 39.58860°N / 105.6428°W

Object Title: Crystal

Route Type: Steep Snow

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: Class 3 Steep Snow

Route Quality: 
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Page By: James C

Created/Edited: Aug 1, 2005 / Aug 7, 2005

Object ID: 166076

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From the Summit Lake trailhead, climb southwest to the Summit Lake Bowl, to do this you have to ascend a class 2 hill.

Route Description

From the basin follow a narrow couloir to the right of the summit cliffs, continue to just below the summit cliff. To you right you will se a narrow chute, climb thischute all the way to the ridge, the route becomes quite steep. If the snow does not continue to the ridge scramble up the steep talus, be careful not to send rocks screaming down this chute. There are often ski tracks in this route, this will help you find your way. Start early, and know how to self arrest to perfection. *For later in the season, the snow turns to ice so for that a ice tool may be helpful. The Crystal rises about 900 feet.

Essential Gear

Helmet, Ice Axe, and Crampons

Miscellaneous Info

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The Snave Route, and the...Taken june 18, 2005... the...ascend the small hill to...Upper CrystalPicture In PictureThree Climber Starting CrystalDescending the Crystal
June 18, 2005, the view from...Looking Down into the Crystal