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Lobster Claw Approach

Intermediate/Difficult
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Follows FS Corral Creek Trail.


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Map Key

3.6

Miles

5.7

KM

Ascent

11,880' 3,621 m

High

10,592' 3,229 m

Low

1,304' 398 m

Up

98' 30 m

Down

7%

Avg Slope (4°)

17%

Max Slope (9°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Need to Know

Parking is at the top of Vail Pass on the eastbound side of the highway which has a skier's lot located below the snowmobiling lot. The trailhead is across the bridge over the highway.

Description

Casual tour at high altitude most of the way up. Last pitch or so is between 30-35°. Beware of early season conditions and the avalanche forecasts since a lot of the terrain is below pitches of 30°+.

This ascent is moderate as well as the ski down if you stay on the same side. However, you can drop in on the other side of Lobster Claw for a more extreme descent but you'll have to climb back up to the ridge line to get back to the parking lot after.

Shared By:

Danielle Taylor with improvements by Thomas Beatty

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Couloir off the backside of Lobster Claw
Feb 24, 2021 near Frisco, CO
Ascending the meadows below Lobster Claw.
Feb 24, 2021 near Copper…, CO
100 Turns of Fun is the face in the upper middle of the photo, Uneva Peak behind it. South Uneva Bowl is off-camera to the right.
Mar 11, 2022 near Copper…, CO

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