Nearing the Summit
of Eagle Lake Buttress
The approach follows the
well-worn trail to Eagle Lake. At the lake, cross over
the outlet and walk along the north shore for about 1/4 mile.
From there, start heading north cross country, picking your
way either up slabs to the right hand side of the cliffs above
the lake, or up a big talus chute to the left of the cliffs.
Either way goes -- the chute is a bit longer, the slabs
involve some more bushwacking near the top. When you get
above the cliffs, you should see the buttress directly ahead
of you. It's an easy talus hop to the toe of the
buttress, where you can evaluate your options. Some nice
routes head right up the south arete; a more moderate
"mountaineer's route" heads up the west side of the buttress
to the south summit.
From the south summit, you can
traverse north along the crest of the buttress and tag all of
the highpoints along the way. Descend either to the east
(easier, but lots of schwacking) or to the west (longer and
harder) and head back down to Eagle Lake and the trail.
on the link below for some photos.