Mt. Wilson North Face

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 37.83920°N / 107.991°W
Additional Information Route Type: Skiing
Seasons Season: Spring
Additional Information Time Required: One to two days
Additional Information Rock Difficulty: Class 4
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This route climbs a line of snow that turns thin and steep just to the climber's right of Mt. Wilson. It spits you out on the ridge very close to the end of the traverse from El Diente, after which you can scramble the rest of the 4th class section to the summit
Overview of route
Mt. Wilson and El Diente as seen from Wilson Peak. Taken late June 2017

Getting There

 This climb/ski is best approached from either Navaho lakes or the Rock of Ages approach.  

Route Description

The route starts at 11,250' at Navaho Lake. Hike along the trail that leads up to Wilson Peak, and leave it near 12,000' and hike directly south to begin the climb. Climb moderate (~30 degrees) snow for roughly 1000' where the slope slowly steepens to high 40 degrees with short sections in the mid 50s. The final pitch narrows and then eases back to 40 degrees for the last hundred vertical feet before the ridge. From here turn left and follow the established and well-cairned 4th class route along the traverse to the summit. We measured a max slope angle of 55 degrees on the way down, with some moderately technical sections, I would rate it D16

Essential Gear

Add Essential Gear text here. Ice axe, crampons, skis/board (if skiing), camping gear 

External Links

The best source of info on this peak and its access is found on


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