Columbia Peak/West Spur


Basic Alpine Climb - Columbia Peak/West Spur

Camp near Silver Lake and climb Silver Tip and Columbia Peak. Read leader's notes.

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  • Sun, Aug 12, 2018 — Mon, Aug 13, 2018
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Basic Alpine Climb
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 20.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,900 ft
  • Pace: moderate

TBD but it will be early.

Must be a very good scrambler.  You don't need to be fast, but able to go for a long day.

Bike ride required to Monte Cristo.

Two good reports

Trip is dependent on good weather.

****Please respect my request to not ask for leader's permission until July 5th.  It will be deleted if you do. 


Columbia Peak/West Spur

  • USGS Bedal

    USGS Monte Cristo

    USGS Blanca Lake

    Green Trails Sloan Peak No. 111

    Green Trails Monte Cristo No. 143
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Mountain boots that can accept crampons (not hiking boots)
  • Crampons
  • An ice axe (not technical ice tools)
  • A back pack (40 to 60 liters)
  • Webbing and accessory cords
  • 6 straight gate carabiners
  • 2 locking carabiners
  • Large pear-shaped carabiner
  • Belay device
  • Climbing harness
  • Helmet
  • Chock pick (nut tool)
  • Rescue pulley
  • Fleece or puffy jacket
  • Rain jacket and full-zip rain pants
  • Belay gloves
  • Warm gloves or mittens
Trip Reports