Pettingell Peak
South Slopes
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Difficulty:
 Class 2 
Trailhead:Herman Gulch
Start:10,300 feet
Summit:13,553 feet
Total Gain:3,300 feet
RT Length:8.75 miles
Author:BillMiddlebrook
Updated:7/2012
Weather:NOAA Forecast
Conditions:38 reports
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Trailhead

Take I-70 to exit 218, just 3 miles east of the Eisenhower Tunnel. Exit I-70 and pull into the dirt trailhead on the north side of the interstate.

Route

This route is fairly straightforward but above Herman Lake it requires a mile of off-trail, Class 2 hiking. Near the trailhead kiosk, start up the trail ( 1) and after 0.2 mile, turn left toward Herman Gulch/Lake - 2. Follow the excellent trail into Herman Gulch where you'll get several opportunities to view Pettingell along the way - 3 and 4. Near 11,900' and after 3 miles of hiking, stay left at a trail junction - 5. Continue a bit farther ( 6) to reach Herman Lake, at 12,000'. Leave the trail and walk north along the east shore to reach the north end of the lake.

Locate a prominent gully and ramp ( 7) used to access the south slopes of Pettingell and ascend the left side of the rocks in the gully - 8. You'll find a combination of grass and talus but the climb does not exceed a difficulty of Class 2. Once you reach easier ground near 12,500' ( 9), continue west up broad "ramp" on grassy/rocky terrain - 10. Keep hiking west to eventually see the saddle between Point 13,418' (left) and Pettingell (right) - 11. Ascend easy scree and talus to reach the saddle and turn right (north) to begin your climb of the summit ridge - 12. After an easy 200' of elevation gain, the summit pops into view - 13 and 14.

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