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Lake Fork Primitive Route

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1.7 mile 2.7 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 1,560' 476 m
Descent: -5' -2 m
High: 12,676' 3,864 m
Low: 11,121' 3,390 m

Grade

Avg Slope: 18% (10°)
Max Slope: 50% (27°)
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Trail shared by J. Bella

A meandering ascent across open glacial moraines leading to a steep alpine climb.

J. Bella
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Description

This route is almost entirely in avalanche and rockfall terrain; it should only be used when avalanche danger is low.

From the saddle just north of Williams Lake, head southwest through the forest across a gently rising slope. When you reach a rollover into a gully, head south and cross over onto a large, open glacial moraine with various terrain features and ledges. Find your way onto a bench beneath a short, wide and steep pitch. Traverse south until you see the route gradually mellow out, switchback to the right and climb to a higher bench, trend towards the southwest then westwards, following the snow between dispersed rock islands. As you approach the steeper and higher terrain, the route climbs northwest up a short gully, then wraps around and climbs a gradual slope into the basin beneath the north-facing terrain on Lake Fork's east ridge. Contour below several chutes to the bottom of Lake Fork's broad northeast face. Switchback up this face as high as you can, then bootpack to the summit.

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Deception Couloir from William's Lake
Oct 1, 2019 near Taos Sk…, NM
Deception Couloir in the center, from William's Lake
Oct 1, 2019 near Taos Sk…, NM
Lake Fork's east ridge from Frazer Mountain.  Cerberus Couloir is in the center, 4th of July on the right
Dec 24, 2018 near Taos Sk…, NM
Descending Lake Fork's north face during June 2016
Jan 24, 2018 near Taos Sk…, NM
Looking down the 4th of July Couloir
Jan 24, 2018 near Taos Sk…, NM

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