West Slope

Page Type
Route
Location:
California, United States, North America
Route Type:
Hike/Scramble
Time Required:
Less than two hours
Difficulty:
Class 2

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West Slope
Created On: Oct 17, 2002
Last Edited On: May 11, 2010

Approach

Leave Colby Lake and hike up slabs and ramps that loosely follow the creek that enters the lake from the east. The creek forks after a tenth of a mile. Take the north fork of the creek until reaching Lake 11,522. Follow the lake around the northern shore then head northeast for 1/2 mile to the base of the mountain.

Route Description

At approximately 1/2-mile northeast of Lake 11,522, ascend a series of class 2 ledges up a ridge that leads to the West Slope. Eventually, you will reach a fairly flat area at 12,200 feet. Continue up several hundred feet of sand, then talus, to the summit. This is a better descent than ascent route.

Do not climb the chute at the west end of the slope—this will increase the difficulty substantially.

Essential Gear

None required.

Miscellaneous Info

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