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MountainHikerCOTraverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2005


We went up the east ridge, which involves some scrambling and route finding. We came down the south west ridge to return to Herman Gulch.
Posted Mar 22, 2008 10:32 am

MattKPettingell  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2007


Wife, dog and I. East Ridge with descent of South Slopes.
Posted Dec 28, 2007 6:49 pm

chicagotransplantSoutheast Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 17, 2007


Morning snow hung around the summit all climb, couldn't see much in the snow and fog but it was an enjoyable outing none the less. I was supposed to be skiing Vail, but the lack of snow this month delayed their opening so the snow was actually welcome!
Posted Nov 19, 2007 10:15 am

Foxy Long BottomsVarious  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2007

Foxy Long Bottoms

First I hit point 13,418 and then continued up the S. slopes to summit. I descended the N. Ridge. Really starting to enjoy doing these peaks by myself. I didn't see anyone moving past Herman lake so I felt like I had the whole place to myself.

Super easy day.

BTW. . .if you stay on the ridge to descend or ascend the headwall, that sucker is 5th class! At least the way that I went down the crack was. Everything else seemed to be 2+. It was no more difficult than the 2+ Ridge on Edwards.
Posted Jul 8, 2007 6:39 pm

hhsilleckRoute Climbed: South Slopes
Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2007


Still quite a bit of snow. A really nice summit view in all directions.
Posted Jun 15, 2007 12:33 pm

Brian KaletSouth Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 18, 2007

Brian Kalet

Skied from the summit!
Posted Mar 19, 2007 3:38 pm

shanahan96East Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2006


surprised that there was such a fine scramble on this peak. thanks goodness the rain held off long enough for one peak! guess the citadel will have to wait.

Posted Jul 10, 2006 3:01 am

GahugafugaEast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 21, 2005


Only regret was that the scrambling portion wasn't longer. We were practically by ourselves in Herman Gulch. Funny how after Labor Day, everyone forgets there's still viable hiking.
Posted Jun 20, 2006 7:14 pm

Ryan KowalskiNice hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2001

Ryan Kowalski

A beautiful warm fall day. My friend John and I took a half hour nap on top and descended the east ridge for some fun.
Posted May 19, 2006 11:37 pm

royswkrFrom Jones Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 1997
CDT not built yet
Posted May 10, 2006 9:36 pm

markhyamsSE slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 23, 2001


This was one of those legendary fall days in CO. Not a single cloud. We started at noon, and had a perfect day.
Posted Mar 3, 2006 4:52 pm

Larry VRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: 1 October 2005  Sucess!

Larry V

Thanks for the good directions on the East Ridge route, Kane. Clear, warm day. Encountered first patch of snow at 12,400', and worked around bigger patches from there to summit. It's a nice climb, reminded me of Kelso Ridge on Torreys, only harder.

I didn't realize Herman Lake was such a popular destination. 71 people signed in at the trailhead today (prior to 3:00 p.m.)
Posted Oct 1, 2005 9:40 pm

Scott WisherRoute Climbed: South Slopes (modified) Date Climbed: September 4, 2005  Sucess!

Scott Wisher

Instead of ascending up the drainage on the north/east side of Hermans Lake, we decided to ascend straight up the southwestern face. This ascent made it more challenging due to the extremely loose talus the whole way up. To find my route, look for a drainage to the southwest of the route described by Aaron Johnson.

To see more pictures from this hike that I haven't posted, click here.

Posted Sep 5, 2005 9:53 am

miztflipRoute Climbed: East Ridge Loop Date Climbed: 1 August, 2005  Sucess!


A great hike along a fun ridge. The climbing was mostly Class 2 with a few very short sections of class 3. The rock was good and the views great.
Posted Aug 1, 2005 7:23 pm

ColoradoScottRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: July 24, 1994  Sucess!


This is a beautiful 13er close to Denver/Boulder but the trail to Herman Lake is as crowded as most 14ers on summer weekends. The mountain itself is rarely summited by these hikers, more content with the beauty of Herman Lake and the abundant wildflowers in this valley.

Unlike Kane's route description of the east ridge, I continued to hike the trail all the way to the eastern shore of Herman Lake. From there, head due north up steep grassy slopes and some loose scree to the obvious saddle on the ridge, 900' above the lake. The fun Class III part of the eastern ridge begins at this saddle. I continued up the ridge, avoiding most of the towers by using ledges on the south of the ridge.

My descent was more direct as well, heading down the SE face from the small saddle SW of the summit and Point 13,418. This grassy face leads down to a ramp, which by staying to the north, leads directlly back to the north shore of Herman Lake.
Posted Feb 9, 2005 2:20 pm

RyanSRoute Climbed: South Slopes, descent via East Ridge Date Climbed: May 23, 2004  Sucess!


Pettingell gave us a little of everything. An enjoyable climb on spring snow, an exhilerating ridge climb, a pleasant tundra stroll. And for the list-ticker in me, a county highpoint and the opportunity to enjoy a second 13er. We climbed Pettingell's south slopes, taking a snow climb up from Herman Lake. After summitting, we contemplated a descent via the East Ridge. We had beta from Kane's page and took the challenge. The most interesting part was a knife-edged cornice we had to negotiate. The rock scrambling was abundant, and we had a blast! After completing the ridge, we took the optional detour north to UN 13,215 (a.k.a. "Hassell Peak") before returning to the hustle and bustle of I-70. A trip report is available here.
Posted May 24, 2004 12:31 am

JonBradfordRoute Climbed: South Slopes (with west summit) Date Climbed: October 20, 2002  Sucess!


Nice mountain. In my teenage years I hiked up to Hermans Lake many times... Only recently have I actualy stood on the summit of the mountain that towers above the lake.

Jon Bradford
Posted Nov 24, 2003 10:38 pm

mtnhiker13Route Climbed: North Ridge Date Climbed: 10/26/2003  Sucess!


Fun rock climbing on the ridge. A good hike to avoid the crowds.
Posted Oct 28, 2003 5:20 pm

Jim ClarkeRoute Climbed: South Slopes - Herman Gulch Date Climbed: August 28 2001  Sucess!

Jim Clarke

A nice ridge traverse from Citadel. With a good snow year Pettingell makes for great early summer skiing as well.
Posted Sep 30, 2003 1:23 pm

ColonelpyatRoute Climbed: East Ridge via Herman Lake Date Climbed: August 11, 2003  Sucess!


The original intent was to hike the south slopes route as we were in a hurry. We made it to Herman Lake well ahead of schedule and decided to check out the east ridge instead. Some steep and often loose scrambling leads to the ridge above. Stopped by Pt. 13,418 on the way down. Best view of the day!

Vermin count:

1 unleashed dog (with 20# pack)

2 yuppies (talking about rashes)

1 Nebraskan fisherman (hope he had some luck)

1 SummitPost member (scree skiing)
Posted Aug 11, 2003 4:33 pm

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