Trip Report    

Cragging Day on the Coleman Seracs

Gorgeous Fall day out on the seracs to celebrate the recently re-opened road

  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • The route overall was unremarkable.  The road — complete with new single-lane gravel section next to the washout — was in fine shape, as was the trail.  The creek crossings were straightforward.  Getting onto the glacier takes  a bit more work than in some other years, as there is a thin layer of dirt/gravel/scree over downward-sloping ice to navigate for the last 10-15 feet.

We left the Heliotrope Ridge TH at just after 7AM with ours as the only cars in the parking lot, and we were geared up and walking up the glacier by 9:30AM.  (By the time we were back at the TH, there were a half-dozen tents up at "Murkwood" and quite a few more cars in the lot.)


We found a reasonable spot part way up into the seracs and set up a sequence of top ropes on various lines from 60 degrees up to vertical/overhanging.  (As usual, the seracs provided locations where some amount of moderate leading and scrambling opened up the terrain options.)  The group had a good day out overall, and it was great to get back on the ice in what is a very special playground.