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Ptarmigan Pass East Side Pt 12,370

Intermediate
 5.0 (1)

Experience Alpine tundra, flowers and views of Colorado high peaks.


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Map Key

0.9

Miles

1.5

KM

68%

Runnable

12,304' 3,750 m

High

11,770' 3,588 m

Low

535' 163 m

Up

5' 2 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

This trail begins at the top of Ptarmigan Pass, which has a starting elevation of 11,765 ft. Make your way through the barriers the FS has put up to stop off highway vehicles from driving through the tundra on the eastern side of the pass. Look up at the rocky point on the ridgeline as this is your target. The trails starts on Alpine tundra tuft, following a faint old wagon, 4wd road. The first part is a moderate uphill though once you gain the ridge you'll be mostly following contour lines and the grade eases up. The views on the ridge are spectacular as you follow a trail southward. Stay away from the cornices if you visit when there's still snow on the peaks!

Flora & Fauna

Alpine Tundra flowers everywhere. Some Pika higher up.

Contacts

Shared By:

Rick Blair

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  5.0 from 1 vote

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#2960

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in Gore Range

#291

in Colorado

#2,960

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Photos

Approach to Pt 12370 in the background
Jun 28, 2016 near Brecken…, CO
The great view looking towards Copper.
Jun 28, 2016 near Brecken…, CO
You can see the entire hike from car to summit.
Jun 28, 2016 near Brecken…, CO

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