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RyanSRoute Climbed: Southeast Ridge, descent via Mount Audubon Trail Date Climbed: August 13, 2003 & July 18, 2004  Sucess!


July 2004:

Looks like I followed in Aaron's footsteps. Erin wanted to experience the SE Ridge for herself, so I made my second climb of this fun route. Next, we traversed to Paiute, and then climbed Mount Toll before descending to Blue Lakes.

This route, described in Roach's IPW book, puts you in a spectacular position alongside Audubon's bowl. A trip report is available here.
Posted Aug 19, 2003 12:02 am

PeterD.Route Climbed: Normal trail, from parking lot. Date Climbed: Mid July 1987  Sucess!
This was my first "climb" in Colorado many years ago. It was a wonderful introduction. I have since gone on to bigger and harder things but I will never forget the exhiliration of getting up to "high altitude" for the first time. Audubon is a great early season tune up to help get the legs in shape, and I keep returning to it for this reason or if I just want an easy half day hike. The biggest challenge is getting there early enough to get a parking spot at the Mitchell Lake trailhead area. The usual route is up and back down the well used trail. But for variation consider hiking down the large south face into the Blue Lake drainage. It is not hard but I did not find any trail when I did it. It is mostly stable large talus, but pick the descent route carefully because there are some steep and cliffy areas. Once down pick up the trail coming down from Blue Lake and walk out back to the same parking area you started from.
Posted Aug 4, 2003 12:09 am

benRoute Climbed: Southern snow couloir Date Climbed: 21 November 2002  Sucess!


Decided I wanted to play with my ice tools, so headed out thinking I'd attempt Toll's North Face. It was getting late, so I hung a right and headed up one of the couloirs of Audubon's south scoop. Ended up with an epic descent in the dark, but a great time on some snow and steep rock. This would not be a good summer route b/c of loose rock.
Posted May 19, 2003 10:56 pm

smudgeRoute Climbed: Standard ascent, descent to Blue Lakes Date Climbed: July 16, 2002  Sucess!


I really enjoyed this hike. There are some interesting views to the north, and wonderful scenes of the rest of the Indian Peaks. I brought my dog on this hike (don't worry, I'm one of the responsible ones) and she loved it. A nice cool shower was welcomed on the way back to the parking lot.
Posted May 4, 2003 3:05 pm

ColonelpyatRoute Climbed: Brainard Lake Date Climbed: August 8, 2002:March 8, 2004  Sucess!


My first hike in the Indian Peaks in almost twenty years. Great views from up there. I was so transfixed I didn't pay attention to the storm building rapidly behind Apache. Got chased down by lightning that was just too close. I should know better.

Went back and did it as an overnight. No worries about storms this time. Perfectly clear skies, warm temps, and just a touch of wind.
Posted Feb 28, 2003 3:36 am

DukeJHRoute Climbed: Brainard Lake Date Climbed: August 2001  Sucess!


This was my second attempt at Audobon. I failed to summit 12 years previous due to a combiination of altitude sickness and vertigo. Climbed with my dad (59) and my son (9). Generally a very nice hike with the exception of the thunderstorms that blew in while we were above timberline. When we finally reached camp (where my wife and daughters were) dad said let's go camping granddaddy style ... in a Marriott Hotel in Denver.
Posted Nov 1, 2002 11:29 am

JoshRoute Climbed: ? Date Climbed: December, 1998  Sucess!


Hiked up a couple days before heading to Mexico to climb Orizaba. The actual "climb" was very easy, but the high winds and cold temps made it interesting.
Posted Sep 10, 2002 12:24 pm

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