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NatashaRoute Climbed: Baldwin Gulch Date Climbed: April 17, 2005  Sucess!


BEEEEAUTIFUL DAY! Lots of sunshine and little wind...unfortunately that made for a looong trip back to the car. The trip up was great, the snow was relatively hard and easy to traverse. However, most of the trip down was through wet, heavy, snow that one often sunk down knee to thigh deep in (even with snowshoes on). Many times our snowshoes and poles would stick in the snow and trip us. We ended the day very wet and tired, but very satisfied as well. Gorgeous views as always!
Posted Apr 18, 2005 5:52 pm

James CRoute Climbed: West Slopes Date Climbed: June 16, 2004  Sucess!

James C

We started beloe treeline, at river crossing. Sort of irratating to see people driving halfway up the mountain but fun none the less. Summit ridge is simple, but when we did it the wind was blowing hard. Good summit. Descent is really quik if you dont follow the trail and just go strait down.
Posted Apr 4, 2005 7:01 pm

alpine masterRoute Climbed: West Slopes Date Climbed: Oct 18 2003  Sucess!

alpine master

I got up around 6:00am or so and got out of the campsite before I had to pay $12. I wasn’t too motivated because I couldn’t find the road the night before. I went up a little further and there it was. I headed up the shitty 4X4 road for 3 miles. This was the worse one yet. I got to the Baldwin Creek crossing and decided to keep going. I went to 11,245’ so I could still get 3,000’ of vertical. I started on foot at 8:00am. I continued up the road switching back and forth until about 13,000’. In the mean time a few vehicles passed me. When I got around to the south side of the mountain I had a good view of Shavano and Tabaguache. I continued and started switchbacks again up to 13,700’. The road was worse on this section. The last 500’ looked wicked but wasn’t that bad. I summited around 11:00am. I stayed on the top for a while and headed down at 11:30. I hauled ass as much as I could. I ran for a bit and took one of the gully shortcuts. I got to the truck at 1:15pm. I made great time. I was home by 4:30pm.
Posted Apr 3, 2005 11:33 pm

Old IckabodRoute Climbed: West Slopes Date Climbed: October 2003  Sucess!

Old Ickabod

Solo trip. I actually slept in the back of my Jeep on Kenosha Pass the night before. Don't ask. I parked just below 11,000 feet and walked up. It started to snow at about 13,000 feet, but it just made it fun! I met Bob on the summit and we swapped cameras for the summit pic. Good times!
Posted Mar 29, 2005 9:00 pm

ColoradoScottRoute Climbed: Baldwin Gulch/West Slopes Date Climbed: June 20 ,1987  Sucess!


Ah...the days before owning a 4X4. The haul up the road from the automobile TH is quite a haul. The weather was perfect, so that wasn't an issue; just needed endurance. Fortunately, I met a guy on the way down that had a pickup at the 4X4 TH and he was nice enough to drive me back down the final 3 miles to my car, making it "just" a 13 mile day.
Posted Feb 2, 2005 11:54 am

RichratRoute Climbed: Baldwin Gulch Trail Date Climbed: July 2002  Sucess!


This was my least favorite mountain. The group I was with drove up to the 10,840 ft parking lot. The rest of the trip was on a road with cars going by. It was hazy from the fire that year as well.
Posted Jan 30, 2005 6:53 pm

keeganyoung1Route Climbed: Standard via Jeep Gulch Road Date Climbed: 9/25/04  Sucess!


Awesome run with my girlfriend and dog. Be sure you hit the Jeep road before dawn as it takes some time and can be a bit wet due to streams.
Posted Nov 22, 2004 6:22 pm

mr_gRoute Climbed: West Slopes Date Climbed: October 2, 1999  Sucess!


Drove up the Baldwin Creek to the 4WD parking area. We hiked the road for most of the way, and then climbed up the talus slope to the summit. We saw a few vehicles that made it up higher on the road too.
Posted Oct 12, 2004 10:15 am

hhsilleckRoute Climbed: West Slopes Date Climbed: July 2004  Sucess!


The hardest part was getting up to the trailhead. Very rough! Not a big fan of hiking up the road ... sharing the "serene" mountains with ATVs and four wheelers makes this one of the less pleasant 14er routes in my opinion.
Posted Sep 13, 2004 4:42 pm

coloradoiceclimberRoute Climbed: West Slopes Date Climbed: August 18, 2004


My 27th 14er (Half Way!!) on my 27th birthday!! We made it to the summit in 2 hrs. from where we ditched the truck just above tree line and then got back off of the ridge just before the sleet and snow moved in. The crux of this climb is getting out of bed early enough to beat the weather and not on the ridge.
Posted Aug 18, 2004 5:19 pm

kilimanjaro1Route Climbed: West Slopes from Baldwin Gulch TH Date Climbed: July 23, 2004  Sucess!


My initial plan was to drive to the 4wd parking spot up the road, but after scouting it out the day before I decided I liked my car too much to chance it on the rough, rocky road. So my buddy, Chris Calvert, and I hoofed it up from the Blank Gulch TH at 9420 ft. The hike up the road was uneventful, switchbacks offered some nice views of North Carbonate, and the final part of the climb was fun finding a route to the summit.
Posted Aug 6, 2004 11:41 pm

rob_runkleRoute Climbed: Baldwin Gulch Date Climbed: July 24, 2004  Sucess!


For a road hike, this was great!
Posted Aug 1, 2004 3:44 pm

SpeedyRoute Climbed: Baldwin Gulch Date Climbed: 07/09/04  Sucess!


Not too exciting when you walk the road the whole time but I LOVE LOVE LOVE rocks and was having a gay old time looking for something exciting while I was walking! The ridge was a little more work than the road, that's for sure! Had a decent time, even though Bryan made me hike down the road the night before to make it official. People thought we were crazy when we told them why we did that!
Posted Jul 15, 2004 11:55 pm

Bryan WRoute Climbed: Baldwin Gulch 3,000' Date Climbed: 7/9/04  Sucess!

Bryan W

Drove the 4x4 road up Baldwin Gulch. The road is rough at the beginning, but gets better the higher you go. Made sure to get the 3,000' gain and hiked the road to about 13,500'. Pretty boring and I did not realize how loose it was until we headed down. From the saddle to the summit was a lot of fun. A nice little ridge walk through good rock. Then we headed up to the summit. The last couple hundred feet was steep and on good rock. However, there was not much of a trail at times, but it was obvious where we were headed.
Posted Jul 13, 2004 12:27 pm

RatballsRoute Climbed: up the road from Baldwin Creek 4x4 crossing Date Climbed: August, 2001  Sucess!


This is one mountain I hope I'll never be bored enough to climb again. I climbed Princeton in the same weekend, so I didn't have to dedicate an entire drive to Summit County simply to top out on this superannuated pile of choss.

Wait! I do remember something of interest: the astounding hailstorm that I raced down the peak. Three inches of hail in 20 minutes, and only a think Gore-Tex to protect me. That hurt.
Posted Jun 22, 2004 8:06 pm

xskier77Route Climbed: West Slopes Date Climbed: May 23, 2004  Sucess!


Still quite a bit of snow covering the road which made for a more difficult hike with alot of postholing. We started at the very bottom elevation 9400 and sure wish I had a 4x4 to enable a higher start. The extra elevation gain though was great for conditioning. Great glissade from almost the top for about 2000 vertical feet.
Posted May 25, 2004 1:02 am

Ryan KowalskiRoute Climbed: West Slopes Date Climbed: June 13, 2003  Sucess!

Ryan Kowalski

Not too bad considering you're hiking on a road! After summiting this and Mount White a huge thundersnow storm hit. Never seen one before so that was kind of neat (except for the lightning)
Posted Apr 19, 2004 4:52 pm

RyanSRoute Climbed: West Slopes Date Climbed: August 20, 2002  Sucess!


We cranked out this hike very quickly and encountered a brief snowstorm on the summit. A trip report is available here.
Posted Apr 12, 2004 12:10 pm

Larry VRoute Climbed: west slopes, from Baldwin Gulch Trailhead Date Climbed: August 1995  Sucess!

Larry V

Was one of only two solo climbs I have done. Windy and freezing cold - I did it fast. Hope to go back next month for some photos and additional first hand information to beef up the peak page.
Posted Apr 8, 2004 2:23 am

pphluxRoute Climbed: Baldwind Gulch Date Climbed: July, 1997  Sucess!


This was a while back, I was fifteen, and it was my first fourteener.

There is a reasonable account of this ascent here:


Recommended for an easy ascent. An SUV will get you

pretty close to the top.
Posted Mar 19, 2004 11:16 pm

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