West Couloir

Page Type
Route
Location:
Utah, United States, North America
Route Type:
Snow Climb
Time Required:
Half a day
Difficulty:
Walk-up

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West Couloir
Created On: Jul 4, 2005
Last Edited On: Jul 4, 2005

Approach


Start at the Mount Olympus Trailhead on Wasatch Boulevard and hike to the stream crossing which is approximately 2 miles and 6200'. Rather than following the trail, cut immediately to the left on the right side of the stream. Follow the drainage crossing the stream as necessary to a steep rock filled gully and climb thru it until it becomes easier staying on more solid rock to the right. Look around and stay in the center of the drainage gaining elevation to a point where you can start the climb. A large rocky ridge continuing up to the summit will be on your right.

Route Description


WARNING: THIS IS A VERY STEEP CHUTE AND COULD HAVE EXTREME AVALANCHE DANGER IN WINTER.

Depending on the snow conditions, your climb may start immediately at the base of Geurts Ridge to the right (South), usually slightly below or near 7000' elevation. In very moderate snow years there may not be enough to fully enjoy this and it could be a horrible bushwhack thru heavy growth and loose rock.

The top of the Couloir is at 8740' and you have a few options here. You may choose to summit either or both peaks, North 8959' or South 9026'. If you choose the latter you may descend the Mount Olympus trail. Another interesting option would be to glissade down the couloir to the East and arrive in Neffs Canyon although this could be a ruthless bushwhack to a trail in Norths Fork.

Essential Gear


Ice axe, crampons

Miscellaneous Info


EXTREME AVALANCHE DANGER POSSIBLE IN WINTER


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