No Name 12,752'
No Name stands above the Loveland Ski Area. The peak's north flanks are off limits for skiing during the ski area's operating months. The fact that these north chutes are closed during winter is okay because they are scoured by the wind and filled with shallow snow. The upslope storms of the spring and post-ski season can fill the chutes in. The south side of the mountain is accessible from Loveland Pass, and these open slopes are great for spring powder skiing and snowboarding.
1 – Porcupine Ridge
- Rating: I D5
- Season: Spring
- Exposure: North
- Vertical: 600’
- Approach Elevations: 10,885’ – 12,752’
- Approach Distance: From Loveland Ski Area: 2.35 Miles
- Base of Route Waypoint: 39.6675, -105.9067
The chutes and gullies extending from the broad north face are highly visible above the Loveland Ski Area. Once the ski area closes, this face is usually ready to ski. We say "usually" because the slopes are hopefully filled in with spring snow. These chutes are skiable, but still remain shallow so watch out for the rocks! There are several options to descend and the lines frequently skied are the chute dropping from the eastern edge of the summit, the chute east of the summit, and off of the western edge.
Loveland Ski Area may not be open in the spring. If the Area has a special event running, or for any other reason, they may have the parking lot gates closed. If not, park at the Loveland Ski Area base and skin up the ski slopes to the base of the face. When you start at the ski area look for any signs indicating closed uphill routes. The ski area may be closed for the season, but the work on the ski area may continue and this work can include avalanche blasting. Follow the designated “A” uphill route on Tango Road and then left on Turtle Creek. Trend left and then follow the line of Chair 6 to the top of the lift. You are at the bottom of the North Face. The easier, but longer, ascent option is to continue west to Porcupine Saddle between No Name and Wild Child. Gain Porcupine Saddle and then hike to the summit on the windswept ridge. The other option is to turn left and east to the bowl above Cat Walk Trees. This will lead you to the base of No Name's East Ridge. Climb this aesthetic ridge to the summit. The ridge has minor route finding challenges in that there are multi-directional cornices on the ascent. This ridge is a great introduction to snow and ridge climbing.
2 - Cabbage Patch
- Rating: II D3, D7
- Season: Spring
- Exposure: Southeast
- Vertical: 1,000’
- Approach Elevations: (11,990’ – 12,752’)
- Approach Distance: From Loveland Ski Area: 2.35 Miles, From Loveland Pass Trailhead: 1.8 Miles
- Base of Route Waypoint: 39.6591, -105.9006
No Name's Southeast Flank is a broad and open face that is less complex than the north side of the mountain. There is a great view of the Southeast Flank from the Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. For the most part the Southeast Bowl is a wide expanse that gives you many options to descend. The bowl directly below the summit (D3) is not as steep as the Cabbage Patch dropping from the edge of the East Ridge (D7). There are several convex slopes below the East Ridge that are steep and increase the avalanche hazard.
There are two approach options. The first is to follow the East Ridge approach described above. This will put you on the top of the Southeast Bowl, and you can climb back to the saddle above Cat Walk Trees and exit through the ski area. The second option is to approach via Loveland Pass. Cross over the highway from the parking lot to the west side of the Pass. Hike uphill and then across the north slopes of Point 12,585’, and aim for the saddle between Loveland Ridge (Idiot’s Cornice) (12,479’) and 12,4414’. From here you can descend wind swept slopes to the basin below the Cabbage Patch, or climb north to Loveland Ridge and then down the west slope to the saddle at the base of No Name’s East Ridge. If you are at the East Ridge, proceed to climb the enjoyable ridge as described above. If you are in the basin below No Name’s Cabbage Patch, continue west to access the lower angle bowl and ridge directly to the summit. To regain Loveland Pass after you descend, ski into the basin below the Southeast Face and then access the ridge leading to the Hippie Trees. Climb up high to ski the Hippie Trees (northeast side of the ridge) or continue into the basin below the Hippie Trees. This will exit to Highway 6 below the A-Basin ski area. Walk at tenth of a mile up the road to a pull out, or 0.6 miles to Arapahoe Basin and hitch from here back to the pass.
Loveland Ski Area (10,885’)
Park in the main parking lot of Loveland Ski Area’s “Basin”. Do not park at the “Valley”. Loveland Ski Area is approximately 1 mile from the westbound exit on Interstate 70.
Loveland Pass Trailhead (11,990’)
Loveland Pass Trailhead is the parking lot at the top of the pass. The top of the pass is on Highway 6 and is 3.9 miles from the Loveland Ski Area on Interstate 70 and 3.7 miles from the Arapaho Basin Ski Area. Park on the east side of the road. Make sure to have your car well off the road as many cars and trucks pass through here.
+ MAPS & PICTURES
Below we have included a link to a Google interactive map and a curated list of photos of the mountain.