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Northwest Face from NCAR Trailhead via Fern Canyon
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Northwest Face from NCAR Trailhead via Fern Canyon

 
Northwest Face from NCAR Trailhead via Fern Canyon

Page Type: Route

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 39.96655°N / 105.29077°W

Object Title: Northwest Face from NCAR Trailhead via Fern Canyon

Route Type: Hiking, Scrambling

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Time Required: Half a day

Rock Difficulty: Class 3

Grade: I

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Page By: tomlauren

Created/Edited: May 10, 2008 / Jun 14, 2009

Object ID: 402802

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Overview

 
Nebel Horn from the Southwest
Nebel Horn from the Southwest.


This is the easiest route to the summit of Nebel Horn.


Getting There

Start at the NCAR Trailhead.

Route Description

Stats: Class 3, 3.9 miles (round trip), 1460 feet of elevation gain.

From the trailhead, follow the NCAR Trail (aka the Walter Orr Roberts Nature Trail) west for approximately 0.3 miles to a trail junction. At the junction, take the left trail which descends to the southwest. Follow the trail west for approximately 0.2 miles past a water tank to the intersection of the Mallory Cave Trail (if you go straight) and the Mesa Trail (if you go right or left). Go left (south) at this intersection. After about 0.6 miles from the trail intersection, the trail for Bear Canyon will branch to the right. Do not take the branch. Stay on the Mesa Trail for another 0.1 miles to the turnoff for the Fern Canyon Trail. Follow the Fern Canyon trail for 0.8 miles as it steadily climbs up to the saddle between Nebel Horn and Bear Peak.

Once at the saddle, Nebel Horn can be seen to the northeast. The route to the summit from here is difficult to describe, but not too difficult to discover on one's own. Basically, from the saddle walk along a faint trail at the base of the northwest side of the Nebel Horn. Scramble upwards when the difficulty is no greater than class 3. If the difficulty looks harder than class 3, continue traversing to the northwest.

Trail Profile and Map

The trail color represents the class of that portion of the trail.

Green = Class 1
Purple = Class 3

Trail Profile

The vertical unit is feet, and the horizontal unit is miles.
 
Trail Profile of NCAR Trailhead to Nebel Horn via Fern Canyon Trail
 


Map
 
Northwest Face of Nebel Horn from NCAR Trailhead
Northwest Face from NCAR TH.

Images

Nebel Horn from the SouthwestNorthwest Face of Nebel Horn from NCAR TrailheadTrail Profile of NCAR Trailhead to Nebel Horn via Fern Canyon Trail