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Hiamovi Mountain

 
Hiamovi Mountain

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 40.15840°N / 105.69596°W

Object Title: Hiamovi Mountain

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Date Climbed/Hiked: Aug 15, 2016

Activities: Mountaineering

Season: Summer

 

Page By: nader

Created/Edited: Aug 27, 2016 / Aug 27, 2016

Object ID: 980957

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Overview

The 12395 ft (3778 m) Hiamovi Mountain sits to the east of Lake Granby in the Indian Peaks Wilderness just south of the boundaries of Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park. The eastern slopes of Hiamovi are steep rising abruptly above Hell Canyon. Its western slopes, in contrast, are gentle. A trail starts near Lake Granby and goes to a broad 11180 ft saddle between Hiamovi and Mount Irving Hale before descending into Hell Canyon. I followed the trail to the saddle where I left the trail and hiked up the gentle slopes to reach the summit of Hiamovi. Those beautiful slopes provided me with great views of jagged peaks to the east. Lake Granby, however, was only visible near trailhead.

On my way up the mountain, I did not see any other hikers. On the way down, I saw a father and son hiking up the trail to camp in Upper Hell Canyon.

Hike Statistics

All distances are per my GPS.

Place
Elevation
Distance
Roaring Fork Trailhead
8300 ft
zero miles
Trail Split
9820 ft
2.60 miles
Saddle
11180 ft
1.40 miles
Summit
12395 ft
1.70 miles
Total One Way
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5.70 miles







Trip Report

Monday August 15, 2016

Left the condo we had rented at Ski Granby at 6:00 a.m. Sunrise was at around 6:20 a.m. Drove north on Route 40 to 34. At lake Granby, turned east onto Road 6, payed the entrance fee and followed the road on the southern shoreline of Lake Granby to its eastern end until I reached Roaring Fork Trailhead. Many people had camped in the nearby campground but no one was at the trailhead.

Started my hike at 6:45 a.m. I was in the shade and remained in the shade for the next couple of hours. It was 38 degrees F at the trailhead and elevation was 8300 ft. The trail began to make switchback going up a slope steeply.

On the switchbacks near trailhead
 


As I quickly gained elevation, Lake Granby came to view below me.

Granby Lake
Lake Granby


After only one mile, I was up to 9150 ft where I reached a foot bridge over the Roaring Fork of Arapaho Creek. There were some nice tall pine trees there. Lake Granby could no longer be seen.

First foot bridge
First foot bridge


For the next 1.5 miles, the trail followed the creek gently uphill at the bottom of a valley. Rapids/small waterfalls could be seen from the trail. I was glad to see that unlike many other places in Colorado where entire forests of pine had died as a result of infestation, the trees in that area had not been affected.

From the trail
 
From the trail
 


After crossing a couple of side creeks, the trail reached a foot bridge that took me back to the south side of the creek. A few hundred feet later, I reached a signed junction. Left went to Watanga Lakes. I turned right continuing up Roaring Fork trail. The trail went into a pine forest and began to go up very steeply. At around 10850 ft, openings began to appear in the forest. I was then mostly in the sun.

Steep trail in the forest
 
Meadow in the forest
Meadow


At 9:20 a.m. I reached a beautiful broad saddle at 11180 ft. To the northeast, I saw a high point which I assumed to be the summit of Hiamovi (later I found out it was the false summit). Jagged peaks came to view to the east. I knew that the trail would start to go down on the other side of the saddle to reach Stone Lake in the upper parts of Hell Canyon. I left trail and began to hike up the beautiful grassy slopes toward the summit of Hiamovi.

False summit of Hiamovi
False summit of Hiamovi
Probably Apache Peak
Looking east


After going up a rock and grass covered slope, I reached a fairly flat area at around 11500 ft. What I thought was the summit of Hiamovi was now in good view.

False summit of Hiamovi
 
False summit of Hiamovi
False summit


Watanga Mountain could be seen to the north and Mt. Irving hale to the south. I did not take any pictures of Irving hale until I reached the summit.

Watanga Mountain
Watanga Mountain


Kept walking on the flat area toward Hiamovi. As I went, the land became more sloped and more boulders appeared.

At the base of the false summit of Hiamovi
Base of the false summit


By around 11900 ft of elevation, I was going up fairly steep slopes covered with boulders.

Boulder field
 
Boulder field
 


Just when I reached the top boulder, which I assumed to be the summit of Hiamovi, I saw that I was at only 12200 ft and the true summit was still a short distance away.

True summit from the false summit
True summit from false summit


The 12200 ft Hiamovi Tower came to view.

Hiamovi Tower
Hiamovi Tower


Reached the summit at 10:50 a.m. The views were spectacular. I took pictures, ate my lunch and enjoyed the solitude at that magnificent spot. Found a summit registry that someone had left there in October of 2015. Since then, two people had signed it in July 2016 and another person in August.

Watanga Mountain and Twin Peaks
Watanga Mountain & Twin Peaks
Point 12324 ft
Point 12324 ft
Isolation Peak
Isolation Peak
Longs Peak
Longs Peak
Points 13049 ft & 12945 ft of Ogalalla Peak
Ogalalla Peak (Points 13049 ft & 12945 ft)
Hiamovi Tower
Hiamovi Tower
Mount Irving Hale
Mt. Irving Hale
Arapaho, Apache, Thunderbolt Peaks
Arapaho, Apache, Thunderbolt Peaks
Pawnee, Paiute, Marten Peaks, Mt. Toll
Pawnee, Paiute, Marten Peaks
Point 12324 ft
Point 12324 ft


Left at 11:25 a.m. Once in the boulder field, I noted a lake not far below.

Lake
Lake


Mt. Irving Hale to the south and the jagged peaks to the east.

Looking east
Looking east
Looking east
Looking east

Mt. Irving Hale
Mount Irving Hale


Reached the saddle and began to hike down the trail in the steep forest. I came across a father and son who were hiking up the trail to camp at Stone Lake at the end of the trail. Those were the only other hikers I saw all day.

Trail below the 11180 ft saddle
 


Near the bridge over the creek.

Near junction with Watanga Lake Trail
 
Near junction with Watanga Lake Trail
 

Near junction with Watanga Lake Trail
 


Back on the trail along the creek.

From the trail
 
From the trail
 


Views of Lake Granby again.

Granby Lake
Granby lake
Granby Lake
Granby lake


From trailhead.

Slopes above trailhead
 


Reached my car at 3:00 p.m. It became cloudy and very windy. Driving back on Road 6, Lake Granby appeared wavy.

Wavy Granby Lake
Granby Lake

Images

Hiamovi TowerPoints 13049 ft & 12945 ft of Ogalalla PeakLooking eastNear junction with Watanga Lake TrailTrue summit from the false summitMount Irving HaleHiamovi Tower
Granby LakeMeadow in the forestPoint 12324 ftTrail below the 11180 ft saddleGranby LakeOn the switchbacks near trailheadFrom the trail
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