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West Buttress

West Buttress

West Buttress

Page Type: Route

Location: Idaho, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 44.11190°N / 114.6267°W

Object Title: West Buttress

Route Type: Hike/Scramble

Time Required: Most of a day

Difficulty: Class 3

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Page By: kdonaldson

Created/Edited: Aug 5, 2005 / Aug 5, 2005

Object ID: 166124

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This route starts from the slate creek trailhead. It is 4.25 miles and about 2000 vertical feet from the trailhead to Ocaulkens lake. It took us about 2.5 hours with packs.

Route Description

Once reaching the lake, skirt the west side of the lake, and follow the outlet at its southern tip. From here traverse up through the meadows, and talus to the base of the west buttress of WCP-9 (aprox 9800 ft). Stick to the north side of the buttress. The route is primarily class 2 with some minor class 3 depending if you prefer solid class 3 or loose class 2 talus. From the top of the butress follow the south ridge to the summit. There is no summit marker or register on top.

Essential Gear

nothing required, but hiking poles are always nice to have on loose talus.

Miscellaneous Info

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Base of the west buttress....an average this was the slope...