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Date Saturday  7/13/2019
End Date
Group Fort Collins
Event Title Little Pawnee Pk, 12,466' ASC Elective Scramble (Fort Collins)
Start Time 6:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader John Raich
Co-Leader Scott Farquhar
Member Price Free
Available Participants Full- Join Waitlist
Type Trip
Trip Type Scramble
Climb Type Trad Lead
Climbing Class Class III
Pace Moderate
Trail Mileage 6
Elevation Gain 2000
Driving Distance 120


Meeting location: Brainard Lake parking area or Long Lake parking area (if open), Indian Pks Wilderness
Meeting time: 6:00 a.m.

For more info Contact

John Raich,
You may register with leader by contacting the leader.


Little Pawnee Peak, 12,466’
East Ridge, Class 3
From Long Lake Trailhead: 6.0 miles, 1,970’

This is an easy field trip of the Alpine Scrambling Course (Fort Collins), The date scheduled depends on the opening date of the upper portion of the Brainard Lake Road. If the road does not open in time, the trip will be rescheduled.

Long Lake Trailhead
This trailhead is at 10,500’ and provides access to the Pawnee Pass Trail and the Isabelle Glacier Trail. The trailhead is W of Colorado 72 (Peak to Peak Highway) and can be reached from the N or S. For the northern approach, go S 10.2 miles on Colorado 72 from its junction with Colorado 7. Turn W on Brainard Lake Rd and go 4.9 miles to Brainard Lake. Go 0.4 miles on the N side of the lake to a junction with signs to both Long Lake and Mitchell Lake trailheads. At the junction, turn left and continue 0.4 mile to the trailheads. Early in June, the Brainard Lake Road is usually closed at the winter trailhead about 2 miles E of the lake. After the road opens, the Long Lake trailhead is the most popular trailhead in the Indian Peaks so fills up quickly. You need to be there early to get a spot.

Route Description
Little Pawnee can be climbed most easily by leaving the Pawnee Pass Trail near the W end of Long Lake and bushwhacking N to the ridge crest 1.0 mile E of the summit at 11,450’. Follow the broad ridge W and then NW over tundra and rock and talus blocks. The ridge narrows as you approach the summit and there is occasional moderate exposure. Partway along the upper portion of the ridge you encounter a notch. Do a class 3 scramble down into the notch. The exposure here is modest. This is a place where a rope belay may provide added security for beginning scramblers. Then enjoy the class 3 summit pitch with occasional moderate exposure.
Retrace the ascent route for the descent. Alternative approaches and descents can be made from the Pawnee Pass Trail just after the fork near Lake Isabelle or from near Mitchell Lake to the E Ridge.

Recommended gear:
Light mountaineering boots
Seat harness
Additional recommended ASC gear
If there is significant snow on the route: ice ax, gaiters
Daypack with lunch, snacks, water or drink
Mountain hiking clothing appropriate for the season, altitude, weather. Include rain gear.
Gloves, hat
Map: USGS Ward, Colo, Trails Illustrated #102


When you register for this trip you may be placed on a wait list. Alpine Scrambling Course students have priority on this field trip. Hence, non-ASC members are moved to a wait list and ASC students to the participant list after they register. ASC students should register at least 6 days prior to the trip date. This will allow trip leaders sufficient time to communicate with students regarding trip plans. it would also allow time for trip leaders to notify non-ASC members if the is space on the trip.


Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.