Elizabeth Pass to Colby Pass?
Posted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 4:02 pm
Is there a trail along the ridge from Elizabeth Pass to Colby Pass via Coppermine Pass and Triple Divide Pass? If not is it easily (class 1/2) passible?
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The "Search" feature is you friend Punchcard.My question is, how do I get down into Cloud Canyon from Coppermine Pass? Do I hike the ridge to Lion Lake Pass then down or straight down from Coppermine Pass?
There is a relatively straightforward route from Coppermine Pass down into Cloud Canyon. The upper section from Coppermine Pass is a stroll through stable-ish scree, but toward the bottom I took a route down a steep talus "wall" to the final section where it finally levels out. From there it is all easy and there is even an old miners/use trail that leads down through the canyon and finally to a horse camp just before the junction with the Colby Pass trail. Beware, there is a section about 1/2 down Cloud Canyon where the trail disappears (at least it did for me:) and it's necessary to bushwhack and go right through the creek for a while, but the canyon is beautiful and worth the effort.punchcard wrote:As near as I can tell, if I want to stay in class 2 territory, I can go from Elizabeth Pass to Coppermine Pass down in to Cloud Canyon. Then hit the Colby Pass trail north of the Whaleback.
My question is, how do I get down into Cloud Canyon from Coppermine Pass? Do I hike the ridge to Lion Lake Pass then down or straight down from Coppermine Pass?