Powell Peak Climber's Log

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kronshage3 - May 7, 2017 12:37 pm Date Climbed: May 6, 2017

Powell Couloir Route  Sucess!

Started around 5:30AM. Trail already carved out to Sky Pond. Crampons and ice axe helpful for bottom of couloir. Sun warmed the upper section. Lots of loose snow avalanches seen on Taylor Peak, Taylor Glacier, and Powell Snowfields during ascent. Followed Continental Divide to climb Taylor, Otis, Hallett, and Flattop as well. Back at car around 3:45PM.


chicagotransplant - Sep 28, 2014 7:25 pm Date Climbed: Sep 27, 2014

Divide Traverse  Sucess!

Continental Divide traverse from Flattop to Powell and back down Flattop trail to Bear Lake.


seano - May 30, 2012 7:42 pm Date Climbed: May 30, 2012

North face  Sucess!

More of a slush-swim than a snow-climb. Trip report.


thatnissanguy - Sep 12, 2011 10:59 pm Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2011

As part of GGT  Sucess!

Great views of Mchenrys. Thatchtop ridge looks legit!

ripper333 - Jul 6, 2010 10:21 pm Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2010

traverse  Sucess!

left glacier gorge TH 3:45ish to black lake... took interesting line up arrowhead, traverse to mchenrys to powell to thatchtop..
top day with an old friend..

Brian Kalet

Brian Kalet - Sep 29, 2009 11:44 pm Date Climbed: Sep 27, 2009

Flattop, Hallett, Otis, Taylor, Powell  Sucess!

7:57 roundtrip.


SarahThompson - Jun 28, 2009 11:29 pm Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2009

Taylor Glacier / Shelf Cirque Traverse  Sucess!

6/28/09 - Climbed the steep Taylor Glacier and summitted Powell, Taylor & Otis before descending Andrews Glacier. Awesome day in the park.

9/14/18 - Traversed Thatchtop -> Powell -> McHenrys -> Arrowhead.


ash80 - Feb 22, 2009 5:21 am

a struggle  Sucess!

Struggled up Powell with an ankle injury after going up Taylor via Flattop. After struggling to top of Powell, I put my knee out just above the glacier. Not the most fun day.


miztflip - Aug 27, 2008 10:29 pm Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2008

Lock Loop  Sucess!

First I hiked up Thatchtop and onto the NE Ridge of Powell. The ridge was fun, but I only found about 1/10 of the mile long ridge to be scrambling, and of that only about 40 feet of true 4th class. The S side of the ridge provided some amazing views. I finished over Taylor, up Otis and down Andrews Glacier. Car to Car 6:43.


coljayms - Jul 23, 2007 2:45 pm Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2007

up and down Andrews Glacier  Sucess!

Taylor and Powell after going up the Glacier - left me exhausted. I decended too far down Powell on my way back and ended up skirting around Taylor for what seemed like miles.


shknbke - Jun 14, 2007 1:08 am Date Climbed: Jun 2, 2007

from Flattop  Sucess!

Very cool little summit. Spectacular scenery. Weather held to traverse all the way from Flattop.


smudge - Apr 30, 2007 2:59 pm Date Climbed: Apr 28, 2007

N face snowfields  Sucess!

wonderful summit


boisedoc - Dec 17, 2006 6:00 am Date Climbed: Aug 18, 1999

good hike  Sucess!

Climbed in combination with Taylor

royswkr - Sep 29, 2006 7:50 pm Date Climbed: Aug 23, 1990

Powell-Taylor-Flattop via Flattop Trail  Sucess!

Weather turned sour too quick to add another 2


thebeave7 - Sep 5, 2006 5:40 am Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2006

Flattop to Chiefs Head Traverse  Sucess!

Peak #5 of 7 on the day, the traverse from Thatchtop looked much more interesing than the one from Taylor. The change in the ridge from N->S is amazing though(sheer walls). The down climb to the Notch was easy, just follow the gulley to the grassy ledge and traverse.

Mountain Jim

Mountain Jim - Mar 5, 2006 2:21 am

From Bear Lake Trailhead  Sucess!

Total ascents = 2. First time from Bear Lake via Flattop, Hallett, Otis and Taylor. 2nd time on the successful Glacier Gorge Traverse.


markhyams - Mar 3, 2006 6:09 pm Date Climbed: Oct 29, 1995

N Face Snowfields  Sucess!

My first climb with crampons, I nearly killed myself on the upper part of this route. I got on some snowy class 3 rock after bailing from the ice because of aching calves, and took off the crampons. I was dry-tooling like a madman, trying to reach a ledge where I could put on my crampons again. An impromptu intro to mixed climbing. I wallowed, alternating postholing and floating, around Taylor to come down Andrews glacier, finding a frozen Andrews Tarn, and made it back to the car some 11 or 12 hours after starting.


NanitaD - Feb 28, 2006 1:33 am Date Climbed: Oct 13, 1998

Up Andrews Glacier down the Flattop Trial  Sucess!

I climbed this with a good friend, Howard, from Estes Park. We went up Andrew's Glacier and traversed around Taylor to Powell Peak. We didn't reach the summit until early afternoon. It was cold and windy with occassional ground blizzards from a recent snowfall. We returned to Andrew's late in the afternoon and since it was icy on the way up we decided not to downclimb without a rope...instead we went the long way around to the Flattop trail and back to where we left our car at Glacier Gorge Junction. The only reward for going the long way was to be on the divide just after dark and be able to see both the lights of Grand Lake and Estes Park (and lights out on the flat lands).


jennakate - Sep 30, 2005 9:53 pm

Route Climbed: Northwest slope Date Climbed: June 19, 2005  Sucess!

Long traverse from Taylor Peak. I left friend with a bum knee on top of Andrew's Glacier to get help. He ended up being helicoptered out the next morning.


RyanS - Apr 20, 2005 1:03 pm

Route Climbed: Northwest Slopes Date Climbed: April 16, 2004  Sucess!

We traversed from Taylor to Powell on the Divide after an ascent of Andrews Glacier, my favorite summit of our three peaks that day. A trip report is available here.

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