Colorado Scrambles: A Guide to 50 Select Climbs in Colorado's Mountains Guide Book

by Dave Cooper (Colorado Mountain Club Press)
Colorado Scrambles A Guide to 50 Select Climbs in Coloradoand39;s Mountains  by Dave Cooper

304pp/maps/photos
ISBN: 0976052504

Colorado’s mountains offer advancing climbers exciting and challenging terrain to test their skills and discover spectacular scenery. Colorado Scrambles shares the secrets of 50 less-traveled routes to 80 of Colorado’s most impressive peaks. Includes: detailed information for getting to the trailhead and the information you need to enjoy scrambles in some of the most spectacular and pristine areas of the state; critical routefinding points identified with GPS data; routes identified by length and difficulty; overview sidebars highlight the main features of each route; full-color photographs feature the stunning mountain scenery, and also from an integral part of the route descriptions; all the major mountain ranges of the state!

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Trails from the "Colorado Scrambles: A Guide to 50 Select Climbs in Colorado's Mountains" Guide Book
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... Preview: A long backpack to a camp below Vestal Lake, and a short steep scramble on 3rd and possibly 4th class terrain. Many people consider this to be the finest scramble in the area. Sustained frictioning on ... From the guidebook "Colorado Scrambles: A Guide to 50 Select Climbs in Colorado's Mountains"
Needleton, CO - Climbing - Trail Length: 2
... Preview: One of the most spectacular peaks in Colorado, this is one of the handful of fourteeners whose normal route is also a classic scramble. This climb is very doable as a day climb; however, most people p ... From the guidebook "Colorado Scrambles: A Guide to 50 Select Climbs in Colorado's Mountains"
Emma, CO - Climbing - Trail Length: 16
... Preview: A pleasant trail hike to Pitkin Lake followed by a scramble to the ridge. 3rd class climbing on solid rock leads to the summit. Another enjoyable Gore Range scramble in the heart of the range, with fi ... From the guidebook "Colorado Scrambles: A Guide to 50 Select Climbs in Colorado's Mountains"
Bighorn, CO - Climbing - Trail Length: 11
... Preview: This peak has been described as “a smaller version of Lizard Head Peak.” Certainly, the summit block has the same aiguille-like appearance and is similarly composed of fractured volcanic rock. The cli ... From the guidebook "Colorado Scrambles: A Guide to 50 Select Climbs in Colorado's Mountains"
Ophir, CO - Climbing - Trail Length: 4
... Preview: This is a fun, short scramble on a famous landmark. Driving along US 550, south of Silverton, you have probably seen this peak many times. One of these times you should stop and climb it. It’s worth i ... From the guidebook "Colorado Scrambles: A Guide to 50 Select Climbs in Colorado's Mountains"
Cascade, CO - Climbing - Trail Length: 6
... Preview: While not a ranked peak (just a subpeak of Crystal Peak—13,852 feet), the east ridge of Father Dyer presents an esthetic and enjoyable scramble. This route provides a good introduction to the “art” of ... From the guidebook "Colorado Scrambles: A Guide to 50 Select Climbs in Colorado's Mountains"
Blue River, CO - Climbing - Trail Length: 7.5
... Preview: The aptly named “Grand Traverse” crosses the rugged skyline at the head of Bighorn Canyon and is clearly visible from the town of Vail. The traverse takes in two peaks, unofficially known as North T ... From the guidebook "Colorado Scrambles: A Guide to 50 Select Climbs in Colorado's Mountains"
Bighorn, CO - Climbing - Trail Length: 11
... Preview: One of the famous “fourteener traverses,” the Harvard-Columbia ridge is also one of the longest. This traverse is typically accomplished by dropping down on the east side of the ridge several hundred ... From the guidebook "Colorado Scrambles: A Guide to 50 Select Climbs in Colorado's Mountains"
Vicksburg, CO - Climbing - Trail Length: 14.6
... Preview: A short backpack into the Middle Fork Basin; moderate trail hike to a pass with a steep, difficult scramble on extremely loose rock. From the trailhead hike for 5.2 miles on a good trail to the saddle ... From the guidebook "Colorado Scrambles: A Guide to 50 Select Climbs in Colorado's Mountains"
Cimarron, CO - Climbing - Trail Length: 3.4
... Preview: We made a couple of attempts before summiting Ice Mountain. On one early-season trip, we postholed all the way up the South Fork of Clear Creek (what, snowshoes? —a bad decision had us leaving them at ... From the guidebook "Colorado Scrambles: A Guide to 50 Select Climbs in Colorado's Mountains"
Winfield, CO - Climbing - Trail Length: 8
... Preview: The Ellingwood Ridge is one of the classic routes pioneered by the famous climber, Albert Ellingwood. This is another committing route, and it should be attempted only in good weather. Once you have e ... From the guidebook "Colorado Scrambles: A Guide to 50 Select Climbs in Colorado's Mountains"
Everett, CO - Climbing - Trail Length: 9.6
... Preview: From the town of Mancos on US 160 (20 miles west of Durango) turn north on CO 184. After 0.3 miles, turn right on FSR 561 (AKA CO 42) at the sign for Transfer Campground and the Sharkstooth Trailhead. ... From the guidebook "Colorado Scrambles: A Guide to 50 Select Climbs in Colorado's Mountains"
Golconda, CO - Climbing - Trail Length: 6.4
... Preview: Backpack approach, with short but steep 3rd and 4th class scramble to the ridge, followed by exposed 3rd and 4th class scrambling along ridge on excellent rock. What, another fourteener traverse, you ... From the guidebook "Colorado Scrambles: A Guide to 50 Select Climbs in Colorado's Mountains"
Blanca, CO - Climbing - Trail Length: 4.4
... Preview: This relatively short scramble is lots of fun. Little Matterhorn is actually the east ridge of Knobtop Mountain, and like Lone Eagle, the objective is the end of the ridge, rather than the high point. ... From the guidebook "Colorado Scrambles: A Guide to 50 Select Climbs in Colorado's Mountains"
Estes Park, CO - Climbing - Trail Length: 8.4
... Preview: This traverse is really the east ridge of Pawnee Peak, and is the most interesting way to climb Pawnee Peak. Routefinding on this ridge is a significant challenge, so although the climb isn’t long, it ... From the guidebook "Colorado Scrambles: A Guide to 50 Select Climbs in Colorado's Mountains"
Ward, CO - Climbing - Trail Length: 8.7
... Preview: This great peak is one of the few peaks you’ll climb where the summit is undeniably not the high point of the ridge. Nevertheless, it makes a fine scramble, even by its easiest route. As of August 200 ... From the guidebook "Colorado Scrambles: A Guide to 50 Select Climbs in Colorado's Mountains"
Ward, CO - Climbing - Trail Length: 3
... Preview: This is one of the more committing routes in this book, and is a serious undertaking. Steep snow and technical rock (5.4), combined with route-finding issues and lack of an easy escape when the weathe ... From the guidebook "Colorado Scrambles: A Guide to 50 Select Climbs in Colorado's Mountains"
Estes Park, CO - Climbing - Trail Length: 11
... Preview: If you have a few spare hours while in the Silverton area, consider this climb. It is a short, fun scramble providing spectacular views from the summit. This peak is in the heart of the San Juans and ... From the guidebook "Colorado Scrambles: A Guide to 50 Select Climbs in Colorado's Mountains"
Silverton, CO - Climbing - Trail Length: 2
... Preview: “The Deadly Bells!” This persistent name has been earned due to the number of fatalities on these peaks. Many of the accidents have occurred in the couloirs rather than on the ridge route described he ... From the guidebook "Colorado Scrambles: A Guide to 50 Select Climbs in Colorado's Mountains"
Aspen, CO - Climbing - Trail Length: 10.8
... Preview: A circumnavigation of the peaks and ridges ringing Mayflower Gulch. This seldom-climbed rugged ridge offers some challenging routefinding. An impressive series of both “major” and “minor” towers spout ... From the guidebook "Colorado Scrambles: A Guide to 50 Select Climbs in Colorado's Mountains"
Kokomo, CO - Climbing - Trail Length: 7.3

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