Northeast Ridge

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Colorado, United States, North America
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Time Required:
Half a day
Third Class

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Northeast Ridge
Created On: Jul 30, 2003
Last Edited On: Jul 31, 2003


From the Andrews Lake Trailhead, follow the Crater Lake Trail up towards Snowdon. After climbing for about 1/2 mile, you will reach a large shelf where the trail flattens out onto a broad meadow. From here, leave the trail and begin heading southeast, toward Snowdon for about 3/4 a mile. From this point, begin heading toward the saddle between Snowdon and the smaller mountain to its north, known as "Peak 12,628."

Route Description

From the basin to the North of Snowdon, climb up to the saddle between Snowdon and Peak 12,628. The climb to the saddle involves easy scrambling over 2nd to third class rock. Once you reach the saddle, turn right (south) and follow the ridge toward the summit of Snowdon. Once you get close to the summit, it is probably best to drop down onto Snowdon's east face and traverse to the east ridge, and then follow the east ridge to the summit. There is a great deal of exposure in this area. The traverse and scrambling along the ridge involves some third class climbing. Total mileage is about 6 miles roundtrip with 2,300' of elevation gain.

Essential Gear

No technical gear is required. Some good scrambling shoes are recommended for the exposed traverse.

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Northeast Ridge

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