The Emerald (a.k.a. Pillsbury Pillar)

The Emerald (a.k.a. Pillsbury Pillar)

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 47.79655°N / 119.17282°W
Additional Information Route Type: Ice Climbing
Seasons Season: Winter
Additional Information Time Required: Less than two hours
Additional Information Difficulty: WI4
Additional Information Number of Pitches: 2
Additional Information Grade: II
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The constant flow of water and thick ice, give this waterfall route it's namesake emerald color. Located in a hidden cirque above and beyond the noises of the highway, this spectacular climb has a feeling of being in the Canadian Rockies.

Getting There

Park at the small pullout near milepost 13, immediately south of a small pool of water on the east side of the highway. Climb the steep trail that cuts up and left through a small notch and into the basin above. The short hike up the hill towards the route take about 15 minutes.

Route Description

A small 20 foot step leads to a more sustained pitch of climbing above with a classic top out.

Essential Gear

Ice Screws

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