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Northeast Ridge

Northeast Ridge

Northeast Ridge

Page Type: Route

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 37.70670°N / 107.6882°W

Object Title: Northeast Ridge

Route Type: Scramble

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: Third Class

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Page By: dsnell

Created/Edited: Jul 30, 2003 / Jul 31, 2003

Object ID: 158410

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From the Andrews Lake Trailhead, follow the Crater Lake Trail up towards Snowdon. After climbing for about 1/2 mile, you will reach a large shelf where the trail flattens out onto a broad meadow. From here, leave the trail and begin heading southeast, toward Snowdon for about 3/4 a mile. From this point, begin heading toward the saddle between Snowdon and the smaller mountain to its north, known as "Peak 12,628."

Route Description

From the basin to the North of Snowdon, climb up to the saddle between Snowdon and Peak 12,628. The climb to the saddle involves easy scrambling over 2nd to third class rock. Once you reach the saddle, turn right (south) and follow the ridge toward the summit of Snowdon. Once you get close to the summit, it is probably best to drop down onto Snowdon's east face and traverse to the east ridge, and then follow the east ridge to the summit. There is a great deal of exposure in this area. The traverse and scrambling along the ridge involves some third class climbing. Total mileage is about 6 miles roundtrip with 2,300' of elevation gain.

Essential Gear

No technical gear is required. Some good scrambling shoes are recommended for the exposed traverse.

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