Route Climbed: ascent Pawnee Pass/descent east ridge Date Climbed: 7-27-02
Shashoni makes for a very nice outing by itsself. The view of Shashoni from the Isabelle Drainage is stunning. For the first few miles of the approach; Shashoni is the most prominent mountain of the three named peaks in the Isabelle Drainage. Its not until you pass the massive Shashoni rockwall that Apache and Navajo Peak show their superior beauty.
I recommend a traverse of the divide starting at Pawnee Pass, getting Point 12,860-ft and on to Shashoni Peak. As Jon notes in his excellent page, the views are spectacular. The Continental Divide traverse I alluded to, keeps you high above treeline and offers a unique and memorable view of the Lone Eagle Cirque. Shashoni's view is better than Apache's and Navajo's.
I also recommend descending Shashoni's east ridge; it is steep but it allows you to bypass the long traverse back to Pawnee Pass. I discovered this route when the clouds built up and knew i needed to get the hell off the mountain. I will add the east ridge roue soon.
Route Climbed: Pawnee Pass Route with Pawnee Peak Date Climbed: July 26, 2002
I originaly tried to climb Shoshoni Peak on Saturday July 26, 2002. Inclement weather consisting of low clouds, high winds, and freezing dizzle forced me to turn around at Pawnee Pass. Not to be detured (and still having my Brainard Lake 2 day pass) I returned the next day July 27. The weather was much better this day and I enjoyed myself immensly. My dogs Sopris and Raymond accompanied me on this nice sojourn. After relaxing on Shoshoni we ascended Pawnee Peak which is an easy addition to the hike.