Kidney Lake Crags

Michael Hoyt

Kidney Lake Crags

Above and southeast of Kidney Lake is an extremely gnarly ridgeline which catches the eye of anyone who visits the lake. This arête was formed by glaciers which disappeared long ago.

Though the area near the top of these dramatic rock formations may not be considered a summit, most who view them from Kidney Lake find these crags inspiring. Finding a way to get a closer look is not only called for, but obligatory.

To reach these crags, begin from the Kidney Lake Crags Trailhead and follow the old roadbed about .5 miles to its end. Hike westward on the obvious trail as it switches back and forth up the east face of the ridge.

The trail disappears before reaching the actual ridge-crest (about 2 miles), but it’s a simple matter to follow (Class 2) the crest as it meanders north to the crags.

There are several large specimens of slab-granite immediately below the crags which make great places for a snack while enjoying the dramatic views of the rocky ridge and Kidney Lake below. Climbing these crags is Class 4 and 5 and of a technical nature.

—Michael Hoyt

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