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Trailboss88via American Basin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2011


After making it to the creek crossing near the TH with some careful driving in my compact, I hiked up the easy trail to the summit. A cold storm was approaching from the south and I got snowed on about halfway down. Saw ptarmigan along the trail.
Posted Feb 27, 2012 4:49 pm

SarahThompson4x  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2005


7/3/05 - East Ridge from Grizzly Gulch

11/3/07 - From Boulder Gulch. Climbed with two neighboring 13ers to the east (13,795 and "Campbell Creek Peak").

12/29/11 - Winter ascent of south ridge via Boulder Gulch from Cataract Gulch TH (winter closure).

1/24/15 - Winter ascent up Boulder Gulch again, this time via east ridge in slightly drier conditions. Traversed to UN 13,795 afterwards.
Posted Jan 2, 2012 9:45 pm

xpdaHandies  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2011


Posted Oct 29, 2011 1:04 pm

Ted EliasonVery scenic summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2010

Ted Eliason

Follow up after an Uncompahgre repeat. An easily obtained summit in good conditions with spectacular views of the grenadiers to the south.
Posted Oct 13, 2011 7:37 pm

Timothy PearlFirst SJ 14er.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2011

Timothy Pearl

Perfect morning outing up Grizzly side. Wildflowers going off! With Eric n Lily.
Posted Aug 8, 2011 11:22 am

zoomlocodirect  Sucess!


with philmont kids in 2002, we went straight up from the parking lot, probably class 2...san juans, the most beautiful CO range. would like to tag it again on the hardrock 100 soon...
Posted Jul 16, 2011 5:25 pm

REMFrom American Basin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 1981


Climbed with my Father
Posted Jun 6, 2011 10:40 pm

Jeremy HakesGreat  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2002

Jeremy Hakes

One of my favorites.
Posted Apr 23, 2011 4:41 pm

jdzahariaAmerican Basin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2006


Fun hike. Two guys enjoying Coors Original at the summit helped us point out other familiar 14ers. Didn't stay too long, as thunderstorms loomed.
Posted Apr 19, 2011 11:42 am

metal4lyfWith Sunshine and Redcloud  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2010


This was a nice easy hike from American Basin. Surprised at all the snow in September.
Posted Feb 18, 2011 1:20 am

JohnnyCOBeautiful Hike!  Sucess!


Just a great all around hike/climb. Views were exceptional.
Posted Feb 7, 2011 7:48 pm

mattpayne11From American Basin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2010


Awesome father's day jaunt with the old man.

Posted Feb 4, 2011 12:58 pm

centrifugeAmerican basin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2009


with wild flowers everywhere
Posted Jan 13, 2011 12:24 am

thatnissanguySan Juan Backpacking  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2010


Done along with 5 other 14ers during a week long backpacking trip in the San Juans. Did the standard route. Beautiful hike!
Posted Dec 20, 2010 9:09 pm

seanoGrizzly Gulch  Sucess!


I've done it from American Basin, too. Fun quick hike.
Posted Dec 17, 2010 2:14 pm

Montana MattGrizzly Gulch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2009

Montana Matt

Amazingly gorgeous hike. I was very grateful to have Leah with me to share it with her.
Posted Dec 11, 2010 1:47 pm

ScottHandies  Sucess!


September 2001?
Posted Oct 24, 2010 7:04 pm

rockymountaindivaBeautiful fall day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 27, 2003


Short-sleeved t-shirts on top - perfect day from Grizzly Gulch.
Posted Oct 11, 2010 1:00 am

eapikulaLate Afternoon Summit on Beautiful Sunday September 19th 2010  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2010


Wanted to tackle a 14er for the weekend, decided Handies was close and accessible. No snow or inclement weather, no wind, temps in the sixties+. When NOAA idnicates weather like this - don't feel discouraged about late starts. Started at 12:45 or thereabouts, summited about 3:30PM, back at Jeep @ 5:15PM. What took me 1.5 hours from lake fork area only took me 30 minutes back, was back at American Basin Parking area in about 1hr and 15 minutes. If you haven't traveled Alpine Loop before from Silverton, do be prepared with a high clearance 4X4 vehicle with skid plates + AT tires! I've taken my Grand Cherokee and Commander thru this area, no problems but if you don't have skid plates and AT tires you risk sidewall punctures and oil pan punctures. Info online is lacking coming from Silverton - my simple notes is 5.9 miles from Animas Forks, basicly up over the pass and down and right at botton of Cinnamon Pass is the turn to American Basin and the trail head.
Posted Sep 24, 2010 2:37 am

Sarah SimonVia American Basin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 18, 2010

Sarah Simon

In Colorado, September can be summer, September can be winter, and...if we're lucky...September just acts like September. Warm, crisp, clear, sunny days...not too hot, not too cold. No snow, no thunderstorms. We slept until 7:30 AM, ate a big b'fast, left the Bed & Breakfast at 10:00 and didn't reach the trailhead 'til 11:00. I love this time of year...when it behaves like September.
Posted Sep 19, 2010 11:06 pm

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