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North Ridge - 5.6

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From Blue Lake, hike up and right to any point along the saddle between Mt Toll and Paiute Peak. Hang a left and rope up at the base of the steep North Ridge. Many routes and variations are possible, none of which are really more prominent than any of the others. In any event, 3 pitches of steep easy jughauling puts you on a comfortable summit plateau.

From here, either continue up any number of difficult looking lines on the steep buttress for one long pitch to the summit, or walk right along a talus ledge to a good clean chimney - this feels more like 5.3 than the 4th class Roach gives it.

To descend, either scramble down back to Blue Lake, or even better go up and over Pawnee Peak to the south and then down the Pawnee Pass trail. A short hike along the road leads back to the car from the end of the Pawnee Pass trail.

Submitted by: atg200 on 2003-08-25
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Route ID: 39527

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Onsight Onsight ascent by: atg200 on 2003-08-14 (View Climbing Log)

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Added: 2003-08-14

Red Point Red Point ascent by: mjroche on 1992-07-27 (View Climbing Log)

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This peaks sits above one of the most spectacular cirques in Colorado. It's a fun, but not outstanding climb. But, it's such a great looking peak, and is in such a beautiful spot, it's worth doing just for that.

Added: 1992-07-27