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Storm King Peak Southwest Ridge

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This peak is a perfect mix of exposure, scrambling, and views.


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Miles

0.6

KM

38%

Runnable

13,715' 4,180 m

High

12,836' 3,912 m

Low

880' 268 m

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41%

Avg Grade (23°)

135%

Max Grade (53°)

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Features Views · Wildflowers

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Description

If you're resourceful enough to have made it out to this area of the San Juan's already, why not climb one of the area's most scenic peaks as well?

Storm King's southwest ridge is perhaps one of the best high alpine routes I've ever done. And, at a sustained class 3 grade with bomber rock, you can see why this area is so popular for alpinists.

From Trinity Saddle, follow the obvious trail north that eventually fades to more vertical rock. Unlike other summits, this one is not very well marked, and good route-finding skills will be very useful. Once on the route, you'll be experiencing pure scrambling ecstasy. Remember, if the ridge gets too exposed, you can (for the most part) stay left (west) for safer traveling. At the top, there's a catwalk that will bring you direct to the summit.

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Shared By:

Tom Robson

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  4.0 from 2 votes

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Enjoy a stunning view from the pass west towards Vestal and Arrow Peaks.
Jul 5, 2017 near Silverton, CO
The large catwalk atop Storm King offers views of Silex in the background.
Jul 5, 2017 near Silverton, CO
A climber works his way through the scree up to the top of Storm King.
Jul 5, 2017 near Silverton, CO
A climber takes a breather on the way up Storm King.
Jul 5, 2017 near Silverton, CO
Peaks and wildflowers – What else do you need?
Jul 5, 2017 near Silverton, CO

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