Sunrise Coulior

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 39.60000°N / 105.66°W
Additional Information Route Type: Mixed
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Additional Information Time Required: Less than two hours
Additional Information Difficulty: Class 3
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From Summit lake hike north around the base of Mount Spalding to begining of Coulior and start your ascent, Hiking time less than 20 minutes.

Quite visible from almost anywhere in Denver, You can see this wonderful coulior almost year round filled with snow

Route Description

From Summit Lake parking lot to the top of the climb is approx 1.2 miles and 1000' verticle gain.
Sunrise Coulior gives great access to Mount Bierstadt, Mount Evans, Mount Spalding, Gray Wolf Mountain and the Sawtooth Traverse.

The route itself is very straight foreword and requires almost no route finding, basically find your line and ascend.
As with any coulior climb it is always best to stick tight to exposed rocks to stay out of a potential slab avalanche zone, ropes and pickets I believe are of no use here but use your best judgment with your abilities and skill level

Be sure to check the Cornice that seems to always grace this climb, when I climbed Mt Evans\Spalding over Fourth Of July 2005 the Cornice had separated approximately 15’ from it’s base and looked to want to fall at any given time

This is a great Glissade decent, Ski Decent, or well worn practice climb to gain access to 2 14'rs, 2 13'rs and a great exposure route The Sawtooth

A Helmet is highly reccomended on this route as there is a good deal of debris that likes to find it's way to the base of this climb

A: You also have option south of the Coulior to mix up from the main climb and have the smaller but still interesting "Mini" coulior if the avalanche exposure on Sunrise is too great.

Essential Gear

Basic snow climbing gear

  • Crampons

  • Mountaineering Axe

  • Helmet

  • Skis (Optional)

  • Outer Shell

  • Decent

    Spalding Summit Ridge

    Or glissade the way you came

    Watch For Avalanche Potential!!!!!



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