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jimboaSW Couloir Trailhead


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The actual distance up Lulu Pass Rd. to the turn off/parking is only about 2.3 miles. A good landmark for parking is where the Goose Creek Jeep Trail branches off to the right. Park here (unless driving a 4X4) and take the hard right there to continue to the trailhead 1/2 mile further down a rough road and back across Fisher Creek. There is a well marked trailhead there for Lady of the Lake trail as well as a parking area for 4X4 vehicles.
Posted Aug 29, 2008 12:42 pm

Larry VThanks ...

Larry V

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for the updated information on getting to the trailhead! I have incorporated your comments on the route page. It is confusing, and seems to have changed since I was there 10 years ago.
Posted Sep 6, 2008 5:46 pm

phattyRound Lake cuttoff


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for those with 4x4 vehicle, you can continue north to round lake. about .3 miles past round lake there is a spur trail from the main road that cuts down (north easth) to the lady of the lake trail (1.3 miles i think). This would shave a few miles off the approach.
Posted Jul 3, 2013 12:46 pm

splattskiRe: Round Lake cuttoff


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It's a beautiful area. Why burn gasoline and miss the experience?
Posted Jul 3, 2013 10:49 pm

ClimbingRandyRe: Round Lake cuttoff


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Phatty - Have you done this approach before? Or just spyed the topo?

Anyone else?

Posted Nov 30, 2013 9:02 pm

admiralbrownRe: Round Lake cuttoff


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I did Granite in August 2013 starting from the parking off Lulu Pass Road. Three day solo. Much easier than going over Froze to Death Plateau. This will become the official route for the High Pointers Club. When Don Holmes wrote his book, he got mired in snow trying this route and never mentioned this route again.
Avoid the cutoff past the Aero Lakes and instead stay to the east to Rough Lake. Keep Rough Lake on your right and take the lowest saddle to the Sky Top Lakes. Very rocky trying to hike past the the Aero Lakes. Easy trail to follow to the Sky Top Lakes, lots of people camping and fishing.
I took the Ramp up and not the Couloir, the Ramp is just to the right of the Couloir at the base of the Slab. Key note is three quarters of the way up the Ramp, you exit to the right over a saddle and follow between the Ramp and the Gash to the Summit.
Day one hike to Sky Top Lakes, day two summit, day three hike out.
Posted Apr 3, 2014 1:37 pm

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