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#45653 - 04/04/16 10:26 PM The chute on the main trail - where is it?
BienNiu Offline


Registered: 04/04/16
Posts: 3
Loc: San Jose, CA
Hi All,

My friends and I with ice axes and crampons aim to summit via the standard trail and bypass the switchbacks and take this chute I've heard about. I am wondering though where does it start? Does anyone have it marked on a map or a description I could use? Just curious if I have to begin some switchbacks then veer off? We're camping at Trail Camp so any info would be great.

Thank you everyone!

Nate

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#45654 - 04/04/16 10:54 PM Re: The chute on the main trail - where is it? [Re: BienNiu]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 6968
Loc: Fresno, CA
It is not a "chute" like you would think. I call it the "slope west of the switchbacks".

Here's a link to a picture taken by Bob Rockwell and annotated by Wayne Pyle with the 99 switchbacks. You can see the glissade tracks made by people descending.

It's between the pointer and Trail Crest on this map:

   

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#45659 - 04/05/16 09:29 AM Re: The chute on the main trail - where is it? [Re: Steve C]
BienNiu Offline


Registered: 04/04/16
Posts: 3
Loc: San Jose, CA
you are a lifesaver, thank you.

So looks like around switchback 16, you'd veer off to the right? or do you just bypass the switchbacks all together.

Thanks!

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#45660 - 04/05/16 09:48 AM Re: The chute on the main trail - where is it? [Re: BienNiu]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 6968
Loc: Fresno, CA
You can take the gully, or go up a little. Use your own judgement when you are up there.

Using the above map, switch it to "aerial google satellite", and zoom in a few clicks. You will see there is an alternate (older, abandoned) trail that follows the gully.

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#45661 - 04/05/16 10:04 AM Re: The chute on the main trail - where is it? [Re: Steve C]
BienNiu Offline


Registered: 04/04/16
Posts: 3
Loc: San Jose, CA
ah okay, I see it. alright we'll see how it goes and report back.

Thanks again!

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