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West Face

West Face

West Face

Page Type: Route

Location: Idaho, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 44.23640°N / 113.1941°W

Object Title: West Face

Route Type: Scramble

Time Required: Most of a day

Difficulty: Class 3

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Page By: kdonaldson

Created/Edited: Apr 12, 2004 / Apr 13, 2004

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Drive in via the western approach. There really isn't an established trailhead. Drive up as far as you can and start heading up to the west ridge. We saw indications of a use trail but abandoned it.

Route Description

Climb up the steep slope to the crest of the west ridge and follow it uptowards the summit hitting the treeline at about 10,000 ft. Continue following the west ridge to the summit tower. Along the way you will encounter a rock tower which you will have to climb up or around, on your way to the main summit tower. Once at the base of the summit tower, you have about 900 ft of class 3 climbing. Move up and to the right climbing the middle rib of the west face to the summit.

Essential Gear

When there is snow - snowshoes, crampons and ice axe.
Helmet always a good thing.

Miscellaneous Info

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Me coming up the west face.... Idahoclimber standing on the...Bell mountain summit block...Here is a zoomed in view of...