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bvandenzenRoute Climbed: American Basin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2006


Left at 4:30 AM so we could shoot sunset at Sloan Lake (see picture to be posted shortly in image gallery). Beautiful morning. Great hike to the top from Sloan Lake. Enjoyed the clear view (except for a fire in the Uncompaghre Wilderness) from the top for nearly an hour. Tundra in full bloom near the top. First, but not our last, 14er!
Posted Jul 5, 2006 12:17 am

roozers42Route Climbed: Grizzley Gulch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2006


Traversed the ridge over to Whitecross Mt. The changing rock on the way over to Whitecross was fascinating. If I were a marmot, I think this would be a great basin to live in!
Posted Jun 25, 2006 5:20 pm

Brian KaletNorth Ridge (ascent), East Face (descent)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 6, 2006

Brian Kalet

From Whitecross. Skied from the summit!
Posted May 8, 2006 2:47 pm

ClearSkiesAheadGotta Love the San Juans  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2005


Slogged up the grizzly gulch since we were camped there after tackling Redcloud and Sunshine the day before. Descended the American Basin. What a beautiful place!
Posted Apr 26, 2006 4:09 am

km_donovanLot o' Snow  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 24, 2003


Used snowshoes and crampons...very high on the fun meter!
Posted Apr 23, 2006 11:48 am

Mountain JimGrizzly Gulch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 1969

Mountain Jim

A friendly 14'er.
Posted Apr 5, 2006 3:30 am

markhyamsGrizzly Gulch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 1998


Uneventful hike up this beautiful valley.
Posted Mar 3, 2006 1:03 am

benjohnsonFull Moon!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 18, 2005


Incredible sunrise from above American Basin. Moon, lake, colored sky, and all.
Posted Feb 16, 2006 12:12 am

KieferRoute Climbed: American Basin Date Climbed: September 2003  Sucess!


American Basin, what can you say? Absolutely beautiful!!! Remote and no people! One of the most beautiful places I've seen in Colorado.

Had the basin and mountain all to myself.

Quite a bit snow.
Posted Jan 28, 2006 1:32 am

CODaveRoute Climbed: American Basin Date Climbed: September 8, 2005  Sucess!


Started from beautiful American Basin. Great views all around.
Posted Dec 30, 2005 12:26 pm

LSRoute Climbed: American Basin trail Date Climbed: 10-sep-2005  Sucess!


See the trip report here: http://distantpeak.com/web/mountains/n-america/handies_peak
Posted Dec 26, 2005 4:51 pm

Bob SihlerRoute Climbed: American Basin Date Climbed: July 10, 2004  Sucess!

Bob Sihler

awesome views the whole way

Posted Sep 30, 2005 9:41 pm

Michael CroffordRoute Climbed: G.G Up, A.B down Date Climbed: September 9, 2005  Sucess!

Michael Crofford

Fun hike with nice views.
Posted Sep 13, 2005 12:49 pm

StillatitRoute Climbed: Grizzly Gulch Date Climbed: August 21, 2005  Sucess!
First 14er for our teenager son and daughter & son's friend. Beautiful day. Awesome views. Odd seeing deer so high above timberline!
Posted Sep 12, 2005 10:21 pm

samajaxRoute Climbed: American Basin Date Climbed: 25Aug99  Sucess!


Short and sweet. Good views. This was the start of completing the Lake City five. If you are a flatlander(TX) like me, this is a good one to start on.
Posted Sep 12, 2005 1:50 pm

tdoughtyRoute Climbed: West trail Date Climbed: Sept '02  Sucess!


First on summit. Great views. With my "Bro" Paul Dowdy.
Posted Sep 5, 2005 2:15 pm

alpspitzeRoute Climbed: American Basin Date Climbed: August 21, 2005  Sucess!


On our way from Lake City to Silverton via Cinnamon Pass, my family didn't mind hanging out in the basin while I enjoyed this nice hike. 1:22 to the top.
Posted Sep 1, 2005 3:03 pm

IdahoSummitsRoute Climbed: Grizzly Gulch Date Climbed: 8/10/2005  Sucess!


Just followed the tourist route without incident. After summiting, we headed over and climbed Whitecross Mountain, which was interesting.
Posted Aug 31, 2005 10:10 am

ktimmRoute Climbed: American Basin Date Climbed: 08/20/2005  Sucess!


Nice hike, nice view, busy trail
Posted Aug 24, 2005 12:17 pm

JCantu1044Route Climbed: American Basin Date Climbed: August 20, 2005  Sucess!


Our men’s group from Pinon Hills Community Church, Farmington, New Mexico, reached the summit on the morning of August 20, 2005. The members of the party included: Phil Miller, Jathan Cantu, Sterg Katirgis, Todd Schauer, Eber Crossley, Lee and Tyler (8 yrs. old) Cothern, and Richard Menning. Wayne Oberg reached his highest hiking elevation to date (approx. 12,900’) along with buddy, Chris Booth, who had previously reached the summit. Overcast skies turned clear briefly while on the summit as we all took pictures and met many others also enjoying the views. The well marked trail provided a fairly easy hike for a 14er, even though the last part was quite steep. Light sleet followed us down to the trailhead along with one attention getting lightning--thunder clap. All made it back tired, satisfied and completely enchanted by the beauty of the American Basin.
Posted Aug 22, 2005 1:49 pm

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