Peak:  Cathedral Peak A (13er)
 Route:  South Ridge
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  CheapCigarMan
 Date of Info:  06/20/2020
 Date Posted:  06/21/2020

Couloir is in excellent condition. Hard snow on the ascent, softer on the descent. The cathedral below the couloir reminded me of Pyramid's amphitheater. The old miner's trail is a super nice trail through the rock. It can be found north of the lake then goes west. I camped at the lake, walked down to the northeast section of the lake, crossed the creek, then up the rocky slope to find it. It is well marked with cairns. The scramble to the summit wasn't as straightforward as I had imagined. The couloir is rounded out at the top making it easy to begin your descent. I found this steep couloir to be the easiest of the three steep couloirs I've done (North on Pacific, Refrigerator, and Cathedral).

Photos (click for slideshow):

 Comments or Questions
Great pics
06/21/2020 18:58
This the standard route not pearl correct? Think it'll be in for awhile? Looking at doing this soon.


Standard Route
06/21/2020 21:59
Yes, this is the standard route as explained by Mr. Roach.

Had a hard freeze the night before. Iâd say you have a week or two left before the snow starts giving way to wet dirt and choss.

06/30/2020 23:44
How many hours up & down from lake?
By July 10 think micro spikes adequate?

   Using your forum id/password. Not registered? Click Here

© 2021®, 14ers Inc.