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rootpiTraverse via N and E ridges  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2017


My map showed a trail starting from where Black Bear Pass road leaves 550 (just S of Red Mtn Pass), heading NW in the direction of unnamed 13510. Unfortunately I couldn't find it, so I drove partway up the road and parked. I hiked up the road to a major left-turn switchback at about 12000', where the map showed another trails contouring north. This one I found, although it was faint.

I followed that trail for a ways and then aimed to keep heading north to intersect with the original trail, which I never did find. In any case, after skirting a few snowfields and dealing with a bit of scree, I reached the saddle between Trico and 13510. I turned left (S) and scrambled up the N ridge of Trico. It's fairly steep but short, not difficult but you do have to be careful on loose rock.

At the summit I enjoyed views in all directions, then headed down along the E ridge. This was easier but longer than the N ridge. I angled SE back toward the road, although I probably should have followed the ridge all the way as it petered out. At the road, I jogged back down to my car just as some trickles began to fall. An excellent outing!

Strava track should be here:
Posted Jul 12, 2017 7:31 pm

ajberryTraverse: Richmond to Black Bear  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2017


Up to Richmond Pass from 550: T8, T7, Telluride, Trico and down via Black Bear to 550. Nice traverse. Three tricky bits: 1. towers on ridge between Richmond Pass and T8 - bypass to N; 2. towers near T8-T7 col - bypass N by dropping into Imogene Basin; 3. N ridge of Trico - steep, loose but never worse than 2+
Posted Jun 27, 2017 10:09 am

RoryKuykendallFrom Black Bear Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2014


Scrambled up from Black Bear Pass on a perfect September morning. The views south towards the Grenadiers is what stood out the most.
Posted Apr 3, 2015 12:50 pm

johnpaulEast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2013
Climbed the East Ridge with Jaime, Sky and Dakota from Red Mtn Pass. We hiked up Black Bear Pass road to the little unnamed lake around 12,500' where we gained the ridge. I thought the ridge was class 2 maybe class 2+ fairly stable with little if any exposure. Dakota (Border/Lab) ran up it with no problem summiting first!
Posted Aug 26, 2013 8:29 pm

Liba Kopeckovanice hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 30, 2010

Liba Kopeckova

10/30/10 - from Red Mountain Pass, deep snow - above my knees, with Michael Covington and Duchess.
3/25/14 - nice ski descent, steep below the summit, solo, great spring conditions with low avy danger that day, but otherwise prone to avalanches
4/30/17 - great hike after fresh snow, lovely ridge, ski descent a little avy into the bowl between Trico and 13,510 peak, with Ben.
Posted Oct 30, 2010 8:01 pm

shknbkeFrom Red Mtn Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 31, 2010


Combined with T10 and UN13510 from Black Bear Rd at Red Mtn Pass. North ridge looked to be pretty spicy with snow, so I traversed around to the south ridge.
Posted Jun 5, 2010 9:28 am

Eric HolleEast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 10, 2009

Eric Holle

Climbed from Red Mtn Pass and traversed over to T 11 for a ski descent.
Posted May 11, 2009 11:32 am

shanahan96snowy east ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 27, 2008


climbed trico from red mountain pass with jamie and mike. 3.5 miles and 2350' vertical made for a nice recovery day after climbing 5000'+ the previous day on the kendalls.

the ridge narrowed considerably the final quarter-mile before the summit making for an interesting, albeit fairly easy, mountaineering challenge. fun day, great weekend!

Posted Apr 28, 2008 9:39 pm

chicagotransplantEast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 27, 2008


1st:4/27/08 Climbed the East Ridge from Red Mountain Pass with Shanahan96 and Jamie Nellis. Nice route, some fun exposure on the ridge near the summit. Lots of great looking ski lines off this peak and its neighbors, have to come back with the skis sometime!
2nd: 6/3/17 Solo, east ridge up and was able to ski from near the summit off the NE face into the bowl with 13510. Was a little late in the season for that line as the gully off the summit was starting to melt out and had a tricky rocky section to negotiate. Nice to finally get up to ski in this area!
Posted Apr 28, 2008 10:05 am

SarahThompsonFive Peak Loop from Bridal Veil Falls  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2007


Started from top of Bridal Veil Falls and made a loop over Telluride Peak, UN 13510, Trico Peak, "T10" & Three Needles.
Posted Mar 2, 2008 3:20 pm

markhyamsEast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2003


Walked up the Black Bear pass road, and combined this with T10 that day.
Posted Mar 3, 2006 7:27 am

tmartenstRoute Climbed: I believe East up and South down Date Climbed: July 4, 2004  Sucess!


Fairly easy hike, especially from the south ridge, we did not know it was so much easier until we got to the top. A good round trip the way we did it. My directions are a little off, it was two years ago.
Posted Jan 4, 2006 9:44 pm

ColoradoScottRoute Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: October 1, 2005


Please see my trip report. Edit: Deleted Trip report due to elves.
Posted Oct 2, 2005 9:31 pm

MoabPeakBaggerRoute Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: Sept. 24th, 2003  Sucess!


A beautiful, and fairly easy, hike up from Black Bear Pass yielded a gorgeous view from the summit. I had previously (several weeks prior) attempted to summit Trico via the EXTREMELY steep scree of the southwest face-- this was a horrible idea, more inspired by ignorance than anything else. Getting to the summit via the South Ridge was enjoyable and added a redemptive factor as well. Thanks to SP member Nader for his page and directing me to the proper route.
Posted Oct 29, 2003 12:03 am

naderRoute Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: July 9, 2003  Sucess!


Spent three hours on the summit all alone. Perfect sunny day. Great views.
Posted Jul 22, 2003 8:36 pm

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