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Square Top (Front Range)

 
Square Top (Front Range)

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Object Title: Square Top (Front Range)

Date Climbed/Hiked: Nov 14, 2010

Activities: Hiking

Season: Fall

 

Page By: Matt Lemke

Created/Edited: Feb 13, 2011 / Feb 13, 2011

Object ID: 698400

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Square Top Mountain

Got to Guanella Pass at 12,200 feet elevation and parked. There wasn't much snow around but enough to make things pretty.
The sun was out and we started on the short trail to Square Top Lakes. I even had to undress since it was so warm.
Here is a photo of the peaks east of Guanella Pass. Mt. Bierstadt and the Sawtooth Ridge are easily seen on this beautiful day.
Mt. Bierstadt and the Sawtooth
Mt. Bierstadt from Guanella Pass


The plan for the day was to climb Square Top Peak (elevation 13, 600). We left the trail when we got to the lakes and started the easy climb.
Here's a photo looking back towards Guanella Pass as we ascended.
Bierstadt Pano
Mt. Bierstadt from the slopes of Square Top


When we got our first views to the west we saw something bad. A fast approaching blizzard was already hitting the mountains only a few miles to the west and we saw the snow falling.
We got about 75 percent up and turned around. Right when we got back to the lakes the clouds rolled over us and I shot this photo of Square Top Peak reflecting in the lake minutes before it started blizzarding.
Square  Top
Square Top Lakes a few seconds before the blizzard and white out


Too bad we didn't quite make it but at least I got a good photo of it.
We hiked back to the car as the snow and wind pounded us and the temperature dropped 40 degrees in a matter of minutes and believe it or not, when we got back to the car, the sun came back out and we were HOT again.
Boy the weather changes fast here!!!
Here's another panorama taken at Guanella Pass after it cleared up again
Mt. Bierstadt
Mt. Bierstadt Panorama


All in all a beautiful day hike and complete solitude at an otherwise popular place in the summer.

Images

Mt. BierstadtMt. Bierstadt and the SawtoothSquare  TopBierstadt PanoBUSY parking

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