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Rito Alto Peak, "Cloud Peak", "Silver Peak", Spread Eagle Peak, Hermit Peak A & Eureka Mountain A
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Rito Alto Peak, "Cloud Peak", "Silver Peak", Spread Eagle Peak, Hermit Peak A & Eureka Mountain A

 
Rito Alto Peak, "Cloud Peak", "Silver Peak", Spread Eagle Peak, Hermit Peak A & Eureka Mountain A

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 38.10280°N / 105.6614°W

Object Title: Rito Alto Peak, "Cloud Peak", "Silver Peak", Spread Eagle Peak, Hermit Peak A & Eureka Mountain A

Date Climbed/Hiked: Aug 26, 2007

Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Scrambling

Season: Summer

 

Page By: Brian Kalet

Created/Edited: Aug 28, 2007 / Jan 9, 2014

Object ID: 330103

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Stats

Peak Name
CO Rank
Elevation
Rito Alto Peak
110
13794
“Cloud Peak”
239
13524
“Silver Peak”
247
13513
Spread Eagle Peak
309
13423
Hermit Peak
353
13350
Eureka Mountain
251
13507

Distance: ~11 miles
Elevation Gain: ~7,000'

Rito Alto Peak

Julie Struble, Luke Kroiss and I camped at 13060 feet on Hermit Road Saturday night. Julie and Luke had Rito Alto Peak, “Cloud Peak” & Spread Eagle Peak on their itineraries. I began hiking up Rito Alto Peak’s southeast ridge at 4:30 am. I reached the summit at 5:46 am. I guess I move slowly in the dark.

"Cloud Peak"

I accidentally descended Rito Alto Peak’s east ridge, then traversed Rito Alto’s northeast face, gained the north ridge and descended it to the Rito Alto Peak-“Cloud Peak” saddle. I climbed Cloud Peak’s south ridge and reached the summit at 6:29 am. Watching the sunrise was a highlight.

"Silver Peak"

I descended Cloud Peak’s west ridge to the “Cloud Peak”-“Silver Peak” saddle. The ridge is mostly third class. Staying true to the ridge required some fourth class. I ascended Silver Peak’s easy southeast ridge and reached the summit at 7:55 am.
Rito Alto PeakHermit Peak A & Rito Alto Peak, from left to right, from “Cloud Peak”

Spread Eagle Peak

I descended Silver Peak’s southeast ridge and climbed Cloud Peak’s west ridge. I saw Julie and Luke climbing Cloud Peak’s south ridge. I resummitted “Cloud Peak” at 9:05 am, descended its east ridge and climbed Spread Eagle Peak’s southwest ridge. I reached the summit at 9:41 am, shortly after Julie and Luke. We ate and reconfirmed plans. We also agreed the exposure on Spread Eagle Peak was nominal.
Rito Alto PeakRito Alto Peak & “Cloud Peak”, from left to right, from Spread Eagle Peak

Hermit Peak A

I descended Spread Eagle Peak’s southwest ridge, skirted Cloud Peak’s summit on the east side and reclimbed Rito Alto Peak, reaching the summit at 11:32 am. I descended Rito Alto’s southeast ridge, then climbed Hermit Peak A’s north ridge, reaching the summit at 12:24 pm.
Rito Alto PeakRito Alto Peak from Hermit Peak A

Eureka Mountain A

I descended Hermit Peak A’s southeast ridge and climbed Eureka Mountain A’s northwest ridge. I reached the summit at 1:37 pm and found a broken glass jar, which used to be the summit register cannister. I descended my ascent route and reclimbed Hermit Peak A, reaching the summit at 2:49 pm and got back to the Jeep at 3 pm.
Rito Alto Peak, Cloud Peak, Silver Peak, Spread Eagle Peak, Hermit Peak & Eureka Mountain Map.  Click to enlarge.

Images

Rito Alto PeakRito Alto PeakRito Alto PeakRito Alto Peak, "Cloud Peak", "Silver Peak", Spread Eagle Peak, Hermit Peak & Eureka Mountain

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