Added by Seth Langbauer
- Mountain and Lake Views
- 8 mile roundtrip hike 1500' elevation gain
- Plenty of climbing routes once you reach the lake
- Be prepared for ice climbing in the colder months
From the East Fork parking lot in Hyalite Canyon hike 4 miles gaining an easy 1,500 feet to Emerald Lake. Surrounded by mountains, Emerald Lake is a beautiful destination in itself. If you are looking for climbing, pick one of the many lines around.
My partner and I decided to pick off one of the many climbs. It started with a short snow traverse. Pitch 2 was an easy ice pitch continued by easy snow, and a great belay to the left. Pitch 3 was the crux pitch with thin WI 4, be ready for a run out in the early season. Late season should be easy. From the top of Pitch three, we rapped using V-thread, and then by passed the traverse by rapping of a rock horn.
Whether looking for alpine ice climbs, or a wonderful hike, Emerald Lake has both. Enjoy the hike and scenery either way.
- Ice tools
- 3-4 scres
- 3-4 pitons
- Single rock rack
- warm cloths
- Hiking poles
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