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brianhughesRoute Climbed: from American Basin Trailhead Date Climbed: July 7th, 2005  Sucess!


Excellent day hike. Did Redcloud and Sunshine the previous day.
Posted Aug 19, 2005 12:43 am

shanahan96three different ways  Sucess!


3/19/13- winter summit with matt via boulder gulch. the normal avalanche trap wasn't present and made for safe, efficient travel to reach the southeast ridge. felt really good to get this summit!

6/2/07- hiked the south ridge after couloir climbing on american. nice, long glissades down the west face got us back to the car quickly.

7/9/05- a spectaular valley. i'm not a big flower person but this is a great hike to view flowers. summit is great, no civlization in sight. excellent, fast glissade off the east face.

Posted Aug 14, 2005 4:54 pm

AndyRoute Climbed: American Basin Date Climbed: July 31, 2005  Sucess!


I climbed it the day after my Sundog-Sunshine-Redcloud loop. Two hours up and one and a half hours down. I thought American Basin was absolutely spectacular!
Posted Aug 1, 2005 1:17 pm

CortezRoute Climbed: Grizzly Gulch Date Climbed: July 2, 2002  Sucess!


What a beautiful mountain! We climbed it on a wonderful day, The wildflowers were spectacular. The trail was easy to follow & well maintained.

Hiking Party:

Michael Booker

Jennifer Booker

Steve Color

Posted Jul 25, 2005 12:42 pm

the exploristRoute Climbed: Grizzly Gulch Trail Date Climbed: July 22, 2005  Sucess!
My first fourteener. The east slope approach is harder than the American Basin approach but worth it. A perfect day of sunshine made the climb and view spectacular. We went down the west side to see both sides as well as the American Basin. The wildflowers are still in bloom and there is still a good bit of snow keeping the creeks alive. The only downside of going up one side of Handies and down the other is that you either have to hitch a ride back to Burrows park or walk.
Posted Jul 24, 2005 11:01 pm

alpine masterRoute Climbed: East Slopes Date Climbed: June 4th 2004  Sucess!

alpine master

Climbed with Old Ickabod to the summit with some wicked postholing. Huge cornice on the summit. I almost glissaded into the creek on the way down.
Posted Jul 24, 2005 5:30 pm

Old IckabodRoute Climbed: Grizzly Gulch Date Climbed: June 2004  Sucess!

Old Ickabod

Climbed to the summit with some wicked postholing. I shed the training pack after climbing Redcoloud and Handies the day before and went light. VERY NICE! Huge cornice on the summit. Alpine Master almost glissaded into the creek on the way down.
Posted Jul 14, 2005 10:32 pm

doumallRoute Climbed: East Slopes Date Climbed: June, 1 2004  Sucess!


12th 14er!
Posted Jul 13, 2005 3:11 pm

Ed FRoute Climbed: Handies Trail from American Basin Date Climbed: July 12, 2005  Sucess!

Ed F

Easy hike to a beautiful summit. Very crowded area.
Posted Jul 13, 2005 12:51 pm

illegal_smileRoute Climbed: American Basin via the talus slope Date Climbed: June 26 2003  Sucess!


Easy and fun with great views!
Posted Jun 28, 2005 11:28 am

flyingfishRoute Climbed: American Basin Date Climbed: September 6, 2004  Sucess!


Great mountain for a first run at a 14'er. But, oh my!, sheer torture for this body; 4 days was just not enough acclimatization. Not to mention the trudge through 8" of fresh snow. Almost turned around with only 500' to go to the summit. Those specks at the top could have it all to themselves!

I took a moment to resolve my will, and finally made it. Found some great comrade: diggler and pellucid wombat. (Open invitation to California!)

The view has to be among the best anywhere: uninterrupted snow-shrouded peaks in every direction. And for me, an eye to the next, beautiful Mt. Sneffels. We'll save the trip down Handies through the melting snow for another time. In 10am-out 5pm.

Happy to say, my knees forgave me after a few soaks in Orvis, and Sneffels was a breeze!
Posted Feb 13, 2005 1:19 am

ColoradoScottRoute Climbed: Southwest Slopes Date Climbed: September 4, 1986  Sucess!


Another solo climb. I car camped down valley at one of the forest service campgrounds. I had summited Sunshine and Redcloud the day before, but still felt quite strong. I parked at the American Basin entrance (tough to get my little car there) and quickly hiked up the valley. After having to maneuver thru a herd of grazing cattle along the Silver Creek trail the day before, there was now a herd of 500? domestic sheep grazing in this valley. Other than the shepherd manning his camp up there, I saw no one else all day. Fortunately, the sheep were skittish and moved from my route. I remember summitting in beautiful sunshine and screeing down the southwest slopes for maybe 1,000 feet. I made great time, returning to my car by 1:15 p.m. I had enough time to pack my camp and drive back to Denver that same day.
Posted Feb 4, 2005 12:19 pm

charles97Route Climbed: American Basin Date Climbed: September 10, 2004  Sucess!


Horrible snow storm, wind, clouds. Made an otherwise easy hike into a nightmare. Lost the trail near the lake and went up and around another hill, but made it anyway. #27
Posted Jan 28, 2005 2:28 pm

Larry VRoute Climbed: American Basin Date Climbed: July 1978  Sucess!

Larry V

This is the one and only mountain my wife has climbed with me, or ever will, I suppose. So it holds a special place in my memory. She got badly sunburned. Also with us were my mother, dad, and oldest brother.
Posted Jan 11, 2005 11:28 pm

DigglerRoute Climbed: W slopes to S ridge, from Grouse Gulch Date Climbed: 6 September, 2004  Sucess!


Unfortunately, my only CO 14er this summer, after Mark (Pellucid Wombat) & I were foiled by non-cooperative climbing conditions on Wilson Peak the day before, & rain/snow/low visibility on Castle Peak 4 days later (gotta love that Colorado Rockies weather!!!) helped make up my mind that that summit would wait until another day as well.

Left TH @ 8.47. Getting up to 13k' saddle, then descending 600' to the base of Handies was tedious & disheartening, but in the end no big deal. Summited @ 12.39, after Mark blew by me a couple hundred feet from the top. Lots of people there that day (though few used our approach). Due to recent snowfall, views that would have been great anyway were absolutely breathtaking- almost all of the magnificent San Juan peaks that were as far as the eye could see, in an almost 360 deg circle, were mantled in summer snow! Probably the best summit views I've ever seen. Wow.

Hung out up top for quite some time, chilling & talking to fellow hikers. Bacardi 151 sure packs a whallop @ 14k'! 90 Shilling was nice, too. Got to know another cool Mark on the summit, this one from Texas (told him about SP, which he joined afterwards (flying fish!)). Left summit @ 14.40 or so (?), & got back to the TH/car @ 18.00.

Breathtaking views along the Million $ Highway afterwards, & nice soak in the hot springs in Ouray- great day!!!
Posted Sep 16, 2004 10:41 pm

hhsilleckRoute Climbed: American Basin Date Climbed: September 7 2004  Sucess!


One of the best summit views in Colorado! Perfect - blue skies, green valleys, snowy peaks - had the summit to myself for an hour.
Posted Sep 13, 2004 4:51 pm

PellucidWombatRoute Climbed: South Ridge via Grouse Gulch Date Climbed: September 6, 2004  Sucess!


Although the route was easy, the views made the hike very worthwhile - certainly one of my favorite summit views! The 6"-2' snow cover from the storm that passed through on the 4th made it look like the middle of winter!
Posted Sep 8, 2004 2:35 pm

WildmanDallasRoute Climbed: American Basin Date Climbed: August 2, 2004  Sucess!


6th time up. I always enjoy the flowers in the American Basin and pausing at Sloan Lake. One year the wind was so strong I had to lie down to keep from being toppled. And on another occasion, in the first week of August, it was snowing so hard on top I couldn't see more than 100 yrds.
Posted Sep 6, 2004 4:10 am

lmillerRoute Climbed: Grizzly Gulch Date Climbed: August 9, 2004  Sucess!
Beautiful day, great hike. We were a party of four. Only saw 2 other hikers all day who had summited from American Basin. They said several more parties were hiking from that direction but we did not see them. View from the summit is spectacular.
Posted Aug 20, 2004 11:51 am

SaintgrizzlyRoute Climbed: American Basin Date Climbed: Summer, 199?  Sucess!


Nice mountain, raced the weather with Aaron Johnson to the top, then that wonderful scree descent! One of the best San Juan Views!
Posted Aug 10, 2004 2:03 pm

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