Peak:  James Peak (13er)
 Route:  From Mount Bancroft
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  supranihilest
 Date of Info:  09/03/2018
 Date Posted:  09/03/2018
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An awesome Class 3/4 scramble awaits from Bancroft. Descending to the saddle is very steep; take care in this section. If it's wet it could be incredibly slippery. From the saddle the real fun begins. You're faced with a big jumble of rocks, a set of ledges, a small tower, and then a steep headwall with steep, stacked boulders next to it, in that order. The obstacles can all be bypassed with Class 3 options, and if you don't find anything to your liking take a second to slow down and find your route; you'll have to climb up gullies and short walls, down gullies, across ledges, up big boulders, etc. This scramble has it all. At the final headwall I would avoid the jumble of boulders to climber's right, who knows how that house of cards stands. Instead, climb the steep ledges on the headwall to the ridge crest then scramble up the ridge crest to a broad plateau where the route opens up and you can either hike to the standard route trail or simply walk directly up another talus field to the summit. I did not take the standard route down, instead going to Corona Pass Road; make sure you know where you're going! Use GPS if you have to! There are multiple trail splits along the way and you don't want to get lost.


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