Slight of Hand is one of the easiest accessible routes from the Emerald Lake trailhead and deserves to see more traffic. Get to it early, though, as the Emerald Lake / Palisade Falls road closes mid-winter.
Begin at the Emerald Lake trailhead. You won't be able to see the climb for the entire approach until you are 50m away, so don't bother looking for it. Hike up the trail roughly 1/3 mile to the small 10' bridge across the small creek. From here, turn left and follow the creek until you get to the climb. The forest is not too dense and easily navigated. The climb will be about 20 minutes from the trail.
Route DescriptionSlight of Hand
: 120' WI4
FA: Dan Jones and Clark Alexis - March 1996
The climb begins in deep snow, following WI3+ ice for roughly 90'. The last 30' is a vertical headwall at WI4. On the right side of the headwall there are hanging icicles above a cave that could easily fit one or two people in it. For a harder finish, climb these icicles, conditions permitting.
Ice screws to your comfort level, typically around 8