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Nelson Point (9,140’) lies on the Bare Peak ridge east of an area of arêtes which can only be passed using technical climbing skills and with great difficulty. One of the four highpoints on the ridge, this summit is well worth visiting by those interested in experiencing the back-country wilderness from a summit over 9,000’.

The Forest Service has abandoned a trail which follows the ridge-crest to a spot on the ridge south of Nelson Lake once referred to as Nelson Lake Overlook (Point 8611). In spite of being abandoned, the trail is still in good shape, easy to follow, and is used to reach Nelson Point.

Begin at the Nelson Lake Trailhead and follow the trail to the cutoff at approximately 7,400’. Take the left fork and follow the abandoned trail northwest along the ridge-crest to its end at Nelson Lake Overlook, Point 8611.

Continue along the ridge, staying as close to the crest as seems appropriate, to Nelson Point, the highest point just before the series of arêtes guarding eastern access to the remainder of the ridge.

Michael Hoyt

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