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Date Saturday  8/2/2014
End Date
Group Fort Collins
Event Title Static Peak, 12,560' East Ridge ASC Field Trip
Start Time 5:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader John Raich
Member Price Free
Available Participants 2
Type Trip
Trip Type Rock Climbing
Climb Type
Climbing Class
Pace Moderate
Trail Mileage 10
Elevation Gain 2800
Driving Distance 140


Cameron Pass/Rocky Mountain National Park

Static Peak is located at the NW corner of RMNP.

For more info Contact

John Raich,


The E Ridge of Static Peak is a fun scramble on mostly solid rock. It is well suited for those who are learning or wanting to improve their scrambling technique.

The approach is via the Michigan Lakes (sometimes called American Lakes) trailhead on the W side of Cameron Pass. To reach it, go 2.5 miles SW from Cameron Pass on Colorado 14. Turn S and go 0.5 mile E on a dirt road to a junction. Continue E for another 0.6 mil to the TH.

To get to Michigan Lakes, one can follow either the Michigan Lakes trail for 3.5 miles or use old logging roads in the basin NE of the Nokhu Crags. Continue west to Snow Lake at 11,516'.

From Snow Lake climb S and get on the broad, rocky, lower portion of the ridge. This section of the ridge is broken and loose in places but can be ascended with class 2 hiking with a few class 3 steps to 12,200'. From there the ridge become more of a knife edge. The final 0.25 mile of the ridge require some serious class 3 scrambling along an occasionally very exposed knife edge. The rock is generally solid. This ridge provides the joys of scrambling along a high, at times exposed ridge. It is one of the best, if not the best, scramble in the Cameron Pass area.

The descent will be back down the E Ridge of Static Pk. This will provide some practice for down climbing scrambling terrain there is the option of continuing on over the summit of Mt Richthofen, 12,940'. This option requires setting up a car shuttle at the Lake Agnes TH.

ASC students and instructors should bring mountaineering boots or sturdy (fairly stiff) hiking boots, helmet, commercial or emergency climbing harness, locking carabiner, lunch, water or drink, basic first aid kit, 10 essentials, and a day pack that has a bit or room for group gear. Instructors should share a short, light rope, a few pieces of pro gear.


Fort Collins Alpine Scrambling Course students and instructors have priority but should sign up on or before July 28. Non-ASC members can indicate interest but won't receive a firm answer until July 28.

Non-ASC participants should contact John Raich at or 970-482-8977.