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Lobster Claw

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3.4

Miles

5.5

KM

Ascent

11,897' 3,626 m

High

10,597' 3,230 m

Low

1,334' 407 m

Up

124' 38 m

Down

8%

Avg Slope (5°)

16%

Max Slope (9°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Need to Know

Parking is at the top of Vail Pass on the eastbound side of the highway which has a skiers lot located below the snowmobiling lot. The trailhead is across the bridge over the highway.

Description

Causal tour at high altitude most of the way up. Last pitch or so is between 30-35°. Beware of early season conditions and the avalanche forecasts since a lot of the terrain is below pitches of 30° +. The ascent itself is moderate as well as the ski down if you stay on the same side. However, you can drop in on the other side of lobster claw for a more extreme descent , but you'll have to climb back up to the ridge line to get back to the parking lot after.

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Danielle Taylor

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Couloir off the backside of Lobster Claw
Feb 24, 2021 near Frisco, CO
Ascending the meadows below Lobster Claw.
Feb 24, 2021 near Copper…, CO

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