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Date Sunday  6/9/2019
End Date Sunday  6/9/2019
Group Fort Collins
Event Title ASC-Ptarmigan Glacier Snow Climb & Scramble
Start Time 4:30 AM
Status Complete
Leader Bruce Miskulin
Co-Leader Christopher Haugen
Member Price Free
Available Participants 1
Type Trip
Trip Type Scramble
Climb Type
Climbing Class
Pace Moderate
Trail Mileage 8.25
Elevation Gain 2750 ft.
Driving Distance 80


The meeting location will be at JJ's gas station in Fort Collins.  The cross streets are Taft Hill Rd. and Harmony Rd.  We will meet there at 4:20 AM and depart at 4:30 AM.

We will drive to RMNP and begin our hike at the Bear Lake parking lot.  We will take the lake Helene trail from that point.  Once at Lake Helene we will leave the trail and travel to the Ptarmigan Glacier and up to the ridge.  We will follow the Flat Top Trail back down to the Bear Lake lot.



For more info Contact

Contact Bruce Miskulin via e-mail to register for this trip:

I can also be reached by phone at:  970-817-1865. 

Preference for this trip will be given to Fort Collins - Alpine Scrambling Course Students.


This trip will traverse a variety of terrain.  We will hike from Bear Lake to Lake Helene on trail.  Once we reach Lake Helene we will be off trail and on talus and then the Ptramigan Glacier.  After gaining the ridge we will follow the Flat Top trail back down to Bear Lake.  Please bring your 10-essentials along with a minimum of 1-liter of water and some high energy food.  The weather can vary cosiderabley along the route; several layers are advised.  Some of the route will be on the glacier; crampons, sturdy boots that work with your crampons, gaiters, and ice axe with tether are needed.  Please bring your climbing harness and two locking carabiners as well.  Trekking poles are optional, it is up to each individual to decide if they are comfortable with or without them.  Some people like to use one trekking pole and thier ice ax for terrain similar to this route.

The roue will be scouted a few days in advance and I will let everyone know if snow shoes will be needed.  

The route will cover 8.25 miles and an elevation gain of 2750 ft.