|Ulysses S. Grant|
Colorado rank: 119
|0.36 miles from "V 4"|
|V 3||0.56 miles||No summit post information yet.|
Colorado rank: 387
Colorado rank: 74
Colorado rank: 117
Colorado rank: 131
|South Lookout Peak|
Colorado rank: 281
Colorado Rank: 358
Getting ThereSilverton on US-550 = Million Dollar Highway. The graded dirt road continues 4.5 miles west to South Mineral Campground.
RouteClass: 2+/3 (list of Johns consensus is 3, I thought with careful route finding it could be 2+).
Descent via Ice Lake: I took the steep loose scree straight down (south) towards Ice Lake., which looked incredibly inviting. I can't imaging this route being very pleasant it the opposite direction. It would require 1 foot up and 2/3 down technique. Again, we caused multiple rock avalanches here, so pay caution if having partners.
Red TapeThere are no fees to visit Ice Lake, Island Lake or summiting peaks.
When to ClimbThe easiest time to climb is the summer providing a relatively short approach (the road to Mineral Basin is closed in the winter), but as any mountain you can climb any time. I noticed a number of north facing couloirs which can be great snow climbs.
- South Mineral Campground - pretty large campground with 26 sites. No reservations. Very popular in the summer. Elevation at the campground is 9,800 feet.
- Several dispersed campsites along the the Forest Rd. 585 = South Mineral Creek named after surrounding peaks, e.g. Anvil, Kendall. (located in between Hwy 550 and South Mineral Creek Campground. You cannot miss these sites since you are passing those on your drive in).
- Backcountry camping accessed via backpacking in the lower Ice Lake basin.