Mount Sill, Glacier Creek Cirque

Big Pine, California

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The circumnavigation of the Palisades is a arduous ski mountaineering mini-expedition through some of the most rugged alpine terrain in the Sierra Nevada. From the east, the Palisades form an impregnable wall with few routes to the west. The cols in this area are challenging rock and snow climbs. There is no easy way to get to Glacier Creek Cirque, which is located to the west of the Sierra Nevada crest.
50 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Summits in California

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50 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Summits in California

by Paul Richins (The Mountaineers Books)

The circumnavigation of the Palisades is a arduous ski mountaineering mini-expedition through some of the most rugged alpine terrain in the Sierra Nevada. From the east, the Palisades form an impregnable wall with few routes to the west. The cols in this area are challenging rock and snow climbs. There is no easy way to get to Glacier Creek Cirque, which is located to the west of the Sierra Nevada crest.

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Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Big Pine
Distance: 32
Elevation Gain: 9,300 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 5 days or more
Season: Best March through early May
Trailhead Elevation: 7,800 feet
Top Elevation: 14,153 feet
Local Maps: USGS Coyote Flat, Mount Thompson, North Palisade
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Sill, Glacier Creek Cirque

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