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Date Sunday  7/7/2013
End Date Sunday  7/7/2013
Group Denver
Event Title Alpine Scrambling Course Field Trip 3 Little Pawnee Pk, 12,466'
Start Time 5:30 AM
Status Complete
Leader John Raich
Co-Leader Dominique Hershberger
Member Price Free
Available Participants No tickets left
Type Trip
Trip Type Rock Climbing
Climb Type
Climbing Class
Pace Moderate
Trail Mileage 7
Elevation Gain 2000
Driving Distance 100


Brainard Lake area, Indian Peaks Wilderness

For more info Contact

John Raich,
Dominique Hershberger,


This ASC field trip involves a climb of the east ridge of Little Pawnee Pk, 12,466', rated class 3. This is perhaps one of the less strenuous approaches although it involves 3rd class scrambling for both the climb and the descent.

Approach via the Isabelle Lake Trail. Hike to near the junction with the Pawnee Pass trail at about 10,900'. Then head north off-trail on grass and rock slopes that run down from little Pawnee's E ridge toward the lake. This involves class 2 to 3 scrambling through minor cliff bands, followed by large talus and boulders.

The E ridge of Little Pawnee is a class 3 scramble on reasonably solid rock. Stay more or less on top of the ridge. There is some occasional exposure but it is not dramatic. You'll need to overcome several small notches along the way to the Little Pawnee summit. Instructors will be prepared to belay students when appropriate.

We will not continue on the ridge to Pawnee Pk which is rated as class 4.

For the descent, we will return along the E ridge. This provides practice in downclimbing class 3 terrain. We'll continue down along the E ridge and descend through the trees (a bit of bushwhacking) to near Long Lake and the Isabelle Lake trail.

Gear needed: Mountaineering boots, mountaineering clothing including rain gear, helmet. Also bring commercial or emergency climbing harness, locking carabiner, shoulder length or double shoulder length sewn sling, ice axe and gaiters.


Medical conditions: Participants in ASC field trips have the responsibility to inform field trip instructors via e-mail prior to the start of each trip of any medical conditions that could affect their own safety and well-being, significantly impact their own performance during a trip, or affect the safety of others in the field trip group.

Registration: ASC students should register prior to July 3. After that date, non-ASC members may register with the trip leader, provided that there is space.

Additional information: Colorado Scrambles by Dave Cooper, p.242. Ignore the section on the traverse from Little Pawnee to Pawnee.

Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.