Shrine Mountain Attempt November 7-8 2008This is a short album of our Shrine Mountain attempt that took place November 7-8 2008. A full trip report will follow.
Having never been on a Colorado Hut Trip, it seemed like it would be a good adventure for my six year old son Kessler and I. The plan was to snowshoe to and stay in the 10th Mountain Division Hut and climb Shrine Mountain (to the pinnacle) and Point 11977 to the south. The weather forecast was good and we headed off to Vail Pass. The plan was to start in the morning, but things came up and we didn’t start until early afternoon.
With recent snowstorms, the snow is just deep enough to use snowshoes. Finding the route to the cabin was actually quite the adventure because we found the route was not marked for winter use yet and there was light snow, but very low visibility and heavy fog. We lost the trail several times and got caught in some willows, but eventually reached the hut right at dark.
In the morning it was still snowing (it snowed the whole time even thought the weather forecast was good!) so we decided to forgo attempting Shine Mountain and surrounding peaks. We decided to hike the peak north of Shrine Pass instead. We got to the summit area but were blocked by fallen timber and returned since visibility dropped really low again. We broke another trail back to the car at Vail Pass before driving home.