Climbing Alpine Ice at Emerald Lake

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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.

Pack List

  • Ice tools
  • 3-4 scres
  • 3-4 pitons
  • Single rock rack
  • Crampons
  • Water
  • Food
  • warm cloths
  • Hiking poles
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Activities:

Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Photography, Rock Climbing

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Features:

Lake

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