Pole Creek/Elkhart Park Trailhead

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Wyoming, United States, North America
Route Type:
Hike + Basic Snow/Glacier Climb + Scramble
Time Required:
A few days
Possible Steep snow or ice and/or 2nd to 3rd class rock

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Pole Creek/Elkhart Park Trailhead
Created On: Jun 8, 2005
Last Edited On: Jun 9, 2005


From the Pole Creek Trailhead (see Getting There), hike 5.3 miles and turn north on the Seneca Lake Trail. Hike 5.1 miles to the Indian Pass Trail/Highline Trail. Hike this trail, bearing right when the Highline Trail splits to the left. Continue on Indian Pass Trail for 2.2 miles to the base of Jackson Peak in the Indian basin.

Route Description

Hike to near the Gap of Indian pass and traverse boulders, snow and ice in order to gain the saddle. Opon gaining the saddle boulder hop across to obtain the ridge line. Stay on rock whenever possible. As we climbed we post-holed constantly when we where on the snow which made this an exhusting climb. However be cautious near the transition from snow to rock as a void in the snow often forms near this transition and you can find yourself wedged between two boulders. Climb the long snow slope to the summit along the ridge line. Desend the same route as your assent. Cairns (A 3 Rock stack) help keep you on route.

Essential Gear

Multi-day Backpacking equipment
Heavy Mountaineering Boots (Not Plastic)
Gore-tex Shell Jacket and Pants
4 season Mountaineering tent
Atleast a 20 degree sleeping bag
Fleece Mid layer (it can snow any day of the year in the winds)
Moisture Wicking base layer (no cotton)
Belay device
Adjustible Mountaineering Harness
3 biners each
Protection hex or nuts + small cams
Climbing Helmet (rock fall nearly hit me during our ascent)
Waterproof gloves
2 quarts of Water (for climb) water filtration for base camp
Cell phone (we could only get reception high on the mountain)
Weather radio (the weather can get real bad real fast)

Miscellaneous Info

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