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Basic Alpine Climb - Devils Thumb/Southeast Route

A straight-forward, beautiful one-day alpine trip off the Mountain Loop Hwy to a small, craggy peak.

  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • The gate at Deer Creek raod is open, so we were able to drive up to the trail head proper at Coal Creek Road.  We reached snow about 2 miles up Coal Creek Road, and were able to travel consistently on snow up to the base of the short Class 4 rock section below the summit block.  A few class 4 moves up to the summit block; two large cornices were on the summit block- one to the east and one to the north.  Mixed hanging snow and exposed rock to the summit proper. 

Brought a light alpine rack and two pickets, but did not need either.  Used two 30m ropes for two rappels- 40m ropes would have reached the notch below the Class 4 scramble section.  Snow was firm on the way in, but used snowshoes on the descent.  From the end of the second switchback on Coal Creek Road, ascending a line more perpendicular up the slope avoids some circuitous  navigation along the Devil's Lake stream until about 3,000-3,400 ft elevation.