East Ridge, II 5.4

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 43.77385°N / 110.75768°W
Additional Information Route Type: Mountaineering, Trad Climbing
Seasons Season: Summer
Additional Information Time Required: Half a day
Additional Information Rock Difficulty: 5.4 (YDS)
Additional Information Number of Pitches: 3
Additional Information Grade: II
Sign the Climber's Log


The East Ridge of Cube Point is a wonderful little 3-5 pitch climb on good rock to the summit of Cube Point. It dries out early in the summer and is a great rest day climb.

The View from Cube Point s ApproachThe view en route to Hanging Canyon and Cube Point.

East Ridge of Cube PointThe East Ridge rising above the approach gully--getting established on the ridge can be accomplished in a variety of ways. The standard route starts further left than this picture shows, on a face rather than an arete/ridge.

Route Description

Using the Cube Point main page, approach Hanging Canyon and Arrowhead Pool from the Jenny Lake boat dock. Scramble and slog up the couloir to the east of Cube Point a little ways, and just before the couloir bends right, look up and you'll be staring at the East Ridge. The Ortenburger guidebook states that there should be some overhanging rock in this area, and that one can scramble right onto the steeper rock to start the ridge.

The first pitch of the climb is fun 5.4, taking the path of least resistance straight up (first right a bit, then back left), to a gear belay in cracks. I believe we passed at least one piton en route.

The second pitch continues up until a steep, somewhat blank wall blocks progress. Drop off the boulder at the base of the wall right into jumbled, loose blocks. Belay from here.

The third pitch is a 4th class traverse, gaining almost no elevation for 150-200 feet. A belay can be established near the Cube Point summit block.

Sramble gingerly onto the summit block (typically while belayed still).

Note that the Ortenburger guidebook describes this climb in 5 pitches, but we found that with a 60m rope the route was easily done in 3 with no simulclimbing. Your mileage may vary.

Cube Point East RidgeThe view from the first pitch belay.


From the summit block, descent is made south (or southwest) toward a small col where the East Couloir ascent route ends. Scramble down carefully--the climb is Class 4 and some parties may wish to rappel sections. In July, 2006 we found slings in several places during this descent.

Upon reaching the col, descend the gully leading skier's left. This is the East Couloir, which should take you back past your packs at the base of the East Ridge once the couloir doglegs skier's left again. This couloir is somewhat loose, so exercise caution, especially since there may be climbers below you.

Essential Gear

Rope, light standard rack, helmets.

When to Climb

Anytime during the summer--the rock dries out earlier on this ridge than many other routes in the park, making this a suitable early summer climb.



Parents refers to a larger category under which an object falls. For example, theAconcagua mountain page has the 'Aconcagua Group' and the 'Seven Summits' asparents and is a parent itself to many routes, photos, and Trip Reports.