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climbing timberline falls - class 3?

Postby unix_girl » Sat Aug 16, 2008 10:02 pm

does anyone know what class the scramble up timberline falls in RMNP is? i know it's very short; but is it equivalent to class 3 climbing? my friend and i were at glass lake this friday and it was gorgeous. tons of fog and drizzle, no snow,
but hail. we did hear thunder while on the far side of glass lake long before noon forcing us to skip sky pond.
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Re: climbing timberline falls - class 3?

Postby timstich » Sun Aug 17, 2008 9:06 am

Do you mean the trail up the right side facing the falls? I'd say it's more like class 2, if that. It can be wet sometimes. But I've always done that part with a huge pack of gear to climb the Cathedral Spires.

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Re: climbing timberline falls - class 3?

Postby Tommy Dorr » Sun Aug 17, 2008 9:45 am

i agree. maybe 2+. class 3 is a slight strech. however, that rock is usually wet.

great hike though. Alberta , Loch, Timberline, Sky and Glass all in one shot. for some reason, there is very poor drianage on the trail itself. i was kinda surprised at how quickly puddleing happened with a small amount of rain.
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Re: climbing timberline falls - class 3?

Postby RWStarkey » Sat Sep 29, 2012 3:12 pm

You definitely have to use your hands on at least 50 feet or so of it. There is really only one 10-15 foot spot you have to be careful as that short section is definitely class 2+ or 3. Did it about 2 weeks ago. Sky Pond and that alpine valley/shelf is so amazing!

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Re: climbing timberline falls - class 3?

Postby Paragon4 » Sat Sep 29, 2012 4:10 pm

Hey could anyone tell me how I get to this place? I'm coming from KS the first weekend of Oct and want to see some cool views

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Re: climbing timberline falls - class 3?

Postby ChrisRoberts » Sat Sep 29, 2012 4:30 pm

2+, but as said before it can be wet, and that doesnt help. I first did it with ice when I was about 12 and it wasn't much fun.

Paragon4 wrote:Hey could anyone tell me how I get to this place? I'm coming from KS the first weekend of Oct and want to see some cool views


If you get up early enough, you can park at Glacier Gorge TH, follow signs to Alberta Falls. Continue up the trail to a major junction, follow the trail to The Loch. Once you reach the lake you'll continue on to Timberline Falls, up the falls to Lake of Glass, then a quick jaunt up to Sky Pond. Its a very popular hike, so you might have to park at Bear Lake TH and take a small connector trail that connects to the main trail. Lots of signage along the way.
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Re: climbing timberline falls - class 3?

Postby Stephen Butler » Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:39 pm

You have probably already done this hike. I did it in June of this year and it wasn't bad at all. The climb just off of the falls wasn't too bad, probably class 2+ or 3 but only for about 30 feet. Good luck if you haven't done it.

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