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Lookout - A name or a warning?

Lookout - A name or a warning?

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 37.86230°N / 107.7802°W

Object Title: Lookout - A name or a warning?

Date Climbed/Hiked: Sep 12, 2008

Activities: Hiking, Scrambling

Season: Summer


Page By: Nice Axe!

Created/Edited: Sep 17, 2008 / Sep 17, 2008

Object ID: 444121

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Page Score: 76.66%  - 7 Votes 

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Trailhead & Approach

We climbed Lookout Peak (13,661') via the South Ridge route. This trailhead starts approximately 0.2 miles east of Ophir Pass. There was a fresh accumulation of up to 6 inches of snow on this climb. The ascent is up the obvious scree gully on the left:
Ascending the scree gully below Lookout Peak
Scree gully ascent.

Climb & Summit

After topping out above the gully, the route heads south along the ridge. Although we didn't know it at the time, you can keep this climb at class 2+, but we were pleasantly surprised to find a short 5th class section:
South ridge 5th class
5th class spurt.

More fun scrambling awaits along the south ridge:
South ridge scramble
Ridge scramble.

From the summit, Columbine Lake glistens below:
Columbine Lake
Columbine Lake.

Descent & Climbing Notes

The descent was much easier than I thought it'd be on the way up. The scree was soft allowing quick and solid heel steps. The snow was firm enough to heel step as well. Here is a shot on the descent in the main gully.
Lookout Peak descent
Gully descent

The round trip took about 3 hours car-to-car.

This route was a nice surprise. Although the initial scree gully was tedious, the route along the ridge was quite enjoyable. During the ascent of the scree gully, I was sure this peak's name was a sharp warning, but upon achieving the summit, it's clear this peak is aptly named for its panoramic views, including U.S. Grant and the Vermillion group, the Grenadiers, Lizard Head, the Wilson group, the Sneffels range, Uncompaghre/Wetterhorn, and Coxcomb/Redcliff.


Columbine LakeSouth ridge 5th classLookout PeakLookout Peak descentSouth ridge scrambleAscending the scree gully below Lookout Peak


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scotthsunice excursion


Voted 10/10

This is a nice excursion if you don't have a full day's time, and you get a nice high start (~11700') from just east of Ophir Pass. The scree gully is unpleasant but the south ridge scrambling is very nice. And the views from the top are well worth it!
Posted Sep 18, 2008 11:25 am

Matthew Van HornLooks

Matthew Van Horn

Hasn't voted

pretty sweet!
Posted Sep 18, 2008 5:51 pm

John KirkThanks

John Kirk

Voted 10/10

Thanks for attaching your TR.
Posted Sep 30, 2008 10:00 pm

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