Pagoda Mountain  
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Route: From Glacier Gorge
Posted On: 2022-08-05, By: PJ88
Info: The trail is a little muddy past Mills Lake. I didn't stop much from Black Lake until partway up the gully because of the mosquitos. The gully is not fun, but the views at the top are worth it. Summit register is there, but nothing to sign it with. Lots of people across the way on Longs. Started at 3:45AM and back to car about noon. 
Route: From Glacier Gorge
Posted On: 2022-08-03, By: bangerth
Info: All summer conditions. Great peak, with excellent views of the many routes up Longs Peak next door -- if you've done Longs a few times, Pagoda Mountain is a fun to stand on and look over. Now, the gully leading to the ridge is a different issue. That must count as one of the worse mountaineering experiences I can recount. The way up was tedious, the way down was outright terrible. 
Route: From Glacier Gorge
Posted On: 2021-12-04, By: don_solo
Info: Approach from trailhead to vicinity of Green Lake required microspikes. Several low angle ice flows to navigate around between Black and Green Lake. Gully leading up to the notch was dry- only patches of snow near the base. No snow on the summit ridge. Long day- probably would have been more enjoyable with continuous snow coverage in that gully. 
Route: From Glacier Gorge
Posted On: 2021-07-10, By: Alpinefroggy
Info: Full summer conditions. Couloir is dry leading to keyboard. Unknown about the backside. 
Route: From Glacier Gorge
Posted On: 2021-05-09, By: bmcqueen
Info: Climbed Pagoda via the gully between Keyboard and Pagoda. It was still a bit soft here and there. Snowshoes were nice for the way out from Green Lake back to Mills Lake - lots of post-holing potential without them. Used crampons for the Couloir and snowy upper ridge to Pagoda summit. 
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Route: From Glacier Gorge
Posted On: 2021-01-26, By: Scary_Canary
Info: Snowy but very calm weather all day, just really cold. Very solid trench from T.H. to Black lake. Helped reinforce the trench for future users. It ain't much, but its honest work. We put on snowshoes once in the upper basin til green lake area. Trenched our way from black lake to the base of pagoda, trenching through willows and bushes was hard at times. Sinking into voids up to the pits sometimes. Blue ice hidden under snow in many areas in upper basin, but didn't deem it necessary to put on microspikes. Lots of trap doors and loose rocks going up the talus slope to the saddle between Longs and Pagoda Deep deep snow from saddle to summit. From base of pagoda to the summit we didnt need or use amy flotation or traction. Axe was handy for a couple spots, but not entirely necessary. From the saddle we put in a trench through waist to chest deep mostly sugar snow. It was trench warfare out there. We rock hopped as best we could, but it was a sad effort. It didn't seem like anyone had been here recently. Not sure how relevant any of this will be as it started snowing pretty hard on our way out. Many of our previous tracks had been covered as we were hiking back out. Re established the trench as best as we could back to the trailhead as all previous prints had been covered up. Did not see a single person the entire day out. Beautiful mountain with views of the keyboard that steal the breath from your lungs. 
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Route: From Glacier Gorge
Posted On: 2019-07-26, By: Scary_Canary
Info: Snow free the entire way. Yay! After a shoe snafu 2 weeks ago on my other attempt, this was a nice bone to pick. Hike up to black lake was a breeze. Not many people past mills which was pleasant. Past black lake is a trail that eventually fades into a bunch of random ones, that all end at some point. Point and shoot your path from there basically. Some faint trails exist up the loose talus slope, but you're best off sticking to the bigger, more stable rock when you can. Some spots are really really loose. The views in the upper basin are stunning in every direction. Seriously. Once at the saddle its pretty quick and easy to gain the summit. Boulder hopping fun! 

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