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Date Saturday  6/14/2014
End Date Saturday  6/14/2014
Group Fort Collins
Event Title Ptarmigan Glacier Alpine Scramble Course
Start Time 5:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader Robert Dietz
Member Price Free
Available Participants 2
Type Trip
Trip Type Snowshoe
Pace Moderate
Classification Difficult 
Trail Mileage 8
Elevation Gain 2500
Driving Distance 80


Rocky Mountain National Park. Bear Lake Trailhead to Ptarmigan Glacier .

For more info Contact

Please contact Bob Dietz to sign up. No one will be allowed on the trip without prior approval: or 970 290 6112




From the Bear Lake trail head, travel .9 miles Odessa trail junction. From there we follow the Fern-Odessa Trail northwest for 2.2 miles and cross south for .1 miles to Lake Helene. In .5 miles, we will come to 2 small (frozen) lakes. From there we will leave the trail and head up the glacier. At the summit, we will have the option of summiting Flattop, Ptarmigan Point and/or a few other nearby summits. 

An alternate ascent up the couloir  between Notchtop and Ptarmigan Point.  


We will then have the option to shortcut across Flattop or retrace our route out.

Helmets, ice axes, winter clothing, gaters, and the ten essentials required.  Crampons, snowshoes, trekking poles optional