South Shore Clear Lake

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 37.81700°N / 107.784°W
Additional Information Route Type: Hike
Additional Information Time Required: Half a day
Additional Information Difficulty: Class 3 scree
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Route Description

Trailhead Elevation: 11940 ft
One Way Distance per my GPS: 0.80 miles, all slippery scree, allow 2 hours uphill

The south shore of Clear Lake is covered with loose scree that makes the hike very slow and unpleasant. Hike parallel to the surface of the lake 100-200 ft above it. Don't gain too much elevation or you will run into cliffs. Once you near the area below the saddle with US Grant Peak, the slopes ease up a little and the rocks become larger making it less slippery. Look to the top to locate a scree slope that cuts through the cliffs on the summit. Follow this slope to the summit. Expect nasty scree again all the way to the top.

Essential Gear

Hiking boots.

Miscellaneous Info

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