Hallett Peak

Estes Park, Colorado

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The steep northeast face of 12,713-foot-high Hallett Peak towers west of Bear Lake, forming one of Rocky Mountain National Park’s most beautiful mountain vistas. The face’s three buttresses, composed of metamorphic schist and gneiss and chiseled by the Tyndall Glacier, offer excellent multi-pitch alpine climbing adventures. Hallett Peak’s best climbing is found on the 900-foot-high Second Buttress in the middle. The dark cleft of Hallett Chimney separates it from the First Buttress on the left, while the Third Buttress is to its right. The Second Buttress offers excellent climbing on mostly clean rock split by thin cracks and corners and rippled with fingerfriendly edges. The routes are long and sometimes runout on the easier sections. Successful ascents require an early start to avoid thunderstorms, good route-finding skills, and the ability to find gear placements.

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"The steep northeast face of 12,713-foot-high Hallett Peak towers west of Bear Lake, forming one of Rocky Mountain National Park’s most beautiful mountain vistas. The face’s three buttresses, composed of metamorphic schist and gneiss and chiseled by the Tyndall Glacier, offer excellent multi-pitch alpine climbing adventures. Hallett Peak’s best climbing is found on the 900-foot-high Second Buttress in the middle. The dark cleft of Hallett Chimney separates it from the First Buttress on the left, while the Third Buttress is to its right. The Second Buttress offers excellent climbing on mostly clean rock split by thin cracks and corners and rippled with fingerfriendly edges. The routes are long and sometimes runout on the easier sections. Successful ascents require an early start to avoid thunderstorms, good route-finding skills, and the ability to find gear placements."

Activity Type: Climbing
Nearby City: Estes Park
Distance: 5.4
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: The best season is June to mid- September.
Local Contacts: Rocky Mountain National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Hallett Peak

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May 2018