Chiefs Head Peak Climber's Log

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JesseSumrak - Aug 2, 2020 3:31 pm Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2020

Tanima, Alice, Chief's Head Combo  Sucess!

After Tanima and Alice, our party made our way down to the saddle between Chief's Head and Alice and decided the weather permitted. Beautiful hike up and amazing views of the entire park! No weather conflicts, either. Went down the pass to Snowbank Lake and returned to Thunder Lake for a successful 3-peak combo.


BKiser90 - Jul 31, 2020 3:02 pm Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2020

Tanima, Alice, and Chiefs Head  Sucess!

Summitted Chiefs Head on a backpacking trip to Thunder Lake. We left camp at 4:40 am and climbed up Boulder-Grand Pass. Once on the pass at 6:10 morning clouds rolled in, obscuring our entire ascents of Tanima and Mount Alice. Luckily the clouds broke as we were descending Alice around 8:30. The hourglass ridge traverse was listed as Class 3 but felt closer to hard class 2. After reaching the saddle, we summitted Chiefs Head. This was definitely one of the best views in the park. Absolutely stunning views of Longs Peak, Wild Basin, Glacier Gorge, and the far northern and western reaches of the park. We decided to make it a loop and descended down the Lion Lake basin. Luckily, on our glissade down the ice shelf that deposits into Snowbank Lake, we stuck to the right and avoided a potential 25 foot plunge off the ice shelf into the lake. These lakes are probably some of the prettiest in the park.

alpineair - Nov 14, 2013 9:29 am

Cold!  Sucess!

Was trying for Alice but the Hourglass was heavily corniced and we did not have a rope, so we "settled" for CH. Long hike from WB in the winter.

milan - Oct 22, 2012 5:33 pm Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2011

Long day  Sucess!

I was lonely the entire day. It was wonderful weather and great trip. I gave up my plan to go for Alice since I was tired.


wmolland - Jun 28, 2012 12:32 pm Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2012

From Alice  Sucess!

A nice, short scramble over from Alice. Then onward to Orton!


seano - May 30, 2012 6:41 pm Date Climbed: May 29, 2012

East ridge  Sucess!

From the Pagoda-Chief's Head couloir. A long but easy boulder stroll. Trip report.


chicagotransplant - Oct 2, 2011 9:51 pm Date Climbed: Oct 1, 2011

Wild Basin  Sucess!

Climbed with Scot from Wild Basin, up to Lion Lake #2 and then up onto North Ridge (which is actually on Chiefs Head's south side) to the summit, traverse to McHenrys and then back down. We wanted to climb Mt Alice but weather moved in.


thatnissanguy - Sep 12, 2011 10:55 pm Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2011

As part of GGT  Sucess!

Last peak of the day for us. Descent via Chiefs Head / Pagoda Col was miserable!


shknbke - Dec 9, 2010 12:03 am Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2010

From Glacier Gorge   Sucess!

From Stone Man Pass, combined with Spearhead. Never get tired of Glacier Gorge!

Brian Kalet

Brian Kalet - Sep 7, 2010 1:12 am Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2010

Triple Crown  Sucess!

With McHenrys & Alice.


boisedoc - Jul 5, 2010 12:54 am Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2010

great views  Sucess!

via Sandbeach Lake. Long dayhike from Copeland Lake. Great views all around including Longs, Pagoda and Alice


argothor - Jun 21, 2010 10:24 am Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2010

Sandbeach Lake to Chiefs Head  Sucess!

Backpacked in to Sandbeach Lake, and then on the following day hiked up to Mt. Orton, followed along North Ridge to the the southern flake of Chiefs Head. From the summit there are very nice views of Longs' western side, looking down on Spearhead, the Mummy Range and the summits of numerous peaks on the west and south side of the Wild Basin. Glorious day, the weather was beautiful.

Timothy Pearl

Timothy Pearl - Jun 15, 2010 11:52 pm Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2010

PCH couloir  Sucess!

With Mikey B. Like he said below. And I'm now living proof that you can get a decent sunburn on a rainy/snowy whiteout day. 5800' vertical, 13.5 miles, 16 hours. In crampons for at least 7 hours. OOoof.


MikeyB - Jun 14, 2010 11:47 am Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2010

Up the Pagoda/CH col.  Sucess!

Long day in rain/snow with Tim P. from Glacier Gorge in less than ideal conditions. Will have to go back on a sunny day to take in the missed views. Hard to find Stone Man Pass in the whiteout/cloudy cover, so we reclimbed and descended the col. Overall, a fun col. to climb!


tomlauren - Jul 22, 2008 5:40 pm Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2008

Orton - Chiefs Head  Sucess!

Hiked both peaks after a camp at Sandbeach Lake. Amazingly good views of Mt Alice, The Spearhead, Glacier Gorge, and the Pagoda-Longs-Meeker trio. Visited Keplinger Lake on the way back to camp.


SarahThompson - Apr 14, 2008 11:36 am Date Climbed: Mar 11, 2007

Twice  Sucess!

3/11/07 - From Sandbeach Lake TH. Last hike of the winter season, and it was a big one! Most of the trail to Sandbeach Lake was tracked, except for the last half mile or so. From the lake, we climbed NW over unranked Mt. Orton and then to the summit of Chiefs Head. Views were incredible. 17 miles was a PR for a winter hike, took 13.5 hours!

9/13/15 - As part of the Glacier Gorge Traverse: Arrowhead -> McHenrys -> Chiefs Head -> Pagoda -> Longs -> Storm.


Kane - Jan 12, 2007 8:28 pm

West Ridge

Climbed this huge mountain from Wild Basin with a camp at Thunder Lake. I'm glad I did. The south face of Chiefs Head is huge and concave anf great to look at from the Snowbank Lake area.


smudge - Sep 20, 2006 2:14 am Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2006

North Ridge (actually the SE ridge of CH)  Sucess!

Cooler summit than I thought it would be! Great day out! Climbed w/ Alice and Tanima! Saw your name in the register beave!


thebeave7 - Sep 5, 2006 5:44 am Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2006

Flattop to Chiefs Head Traverse  Sucess!

The last peak of the day, #7, would have liked to gone further, but Pagoda was a little spicy for me. Great views of Longs, the Keyboard, and Pagoda. A fun and worth while day.


pksander - Apr 16, 2006 9:37 pm Date Climbed: Apr 14, 2006

Via Sand Beach Lake  Sucess!

Tough slog with Charles Danforth after making camp at Sand Beach Lake. Horrible sugar snow slog. Slog slog slog. Fun.

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