Cathedral Peak's East Face is one of the Elks best snow climbs and ski descents. The route climbs from Cathedral Lake up the East Face up a narrow couloir. The East Face joins the South Ridge
just below the summit. The whole route is skiable from the summit if attempted early enough. The ski descent is rated as a D14 on the D Scale
. Alternatively, the South Ridge
can be used a descent.
Cathedral Peak's East Face. Photo: Lou Dawson
Drive west on Highway 182 out of Aspen. After less than one mile at a stoplight, take a hard left onto Castle Creek Road. Drive 11 miles to Ashcroft. Continue driving 1 mile to Cathedral Lake Trailhead on the right. Road closure is at Ashcroft in winter. Hike up the Cathedral Lakes Trail to the base of Cathedral Peak's east face.
Cathedral Peak's East Face Route
Climb the couloir staying to the left if in doubt. The maximum slope angle approaches 50 degrees. Gain the South Ridge
just below the summit and follow it to the summit beying careful of the loose rock. Cathedral Peak's East Face was first skied by Lou Dawson and Bob Perlumutter on May 16, 2005. Click and scroll down.
Ice ace and crampons.