East Spur of Northeast Ridge

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Colorado, United States, North America
Route Type:
hike and ridge scramble
Time Required:
Half a day
3rd class to lower summit, 4th if you cross cleft to true summit

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East Spur of Northeast Ridge
Created On: Jun 17, 2003
Last Edited On: Sep 17, 2003


hope lake trail from trout lake. leave trail at 11,500' and head southwest toward dam (north side) of hope lake. important landmark is hope lake pipe outlet and associated "rocket" shaped metal shed. when open, this outlet feeds the stream to the right (south) of the trail. approx. 300 yards past these structures is hope lake dam.

Route Description

guidebooks refer very generally to the northeast ridge as the standard route. to be precise, the actual ridge ascent is up an eastern spur of the northeast ridge.

from dam, climb southwest over bumps and thru basins to just below east spur at approx. 13,100'. low point of east spur is obvious. follow ridge (good rock - 3rd class), or connect gullies to south (scree - 2nd class) to lower summit (approx. 13,500'). 100' cleft divides lower and true summit. descent to cleft is 4th class if you stay close to ridge. otherwise, suggest descent south on broken rock approx. 200' south then ascent of gully to cleft.

descent by ascent route or glissade down triangular northeast face (if snow).

Essential Gear

early season - ice ax. sunhit on snow is sunrise, so leave early to avoid serious postholing.

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