The scenery on this hike is simply amazing. Had a nice day on snow and rock by going up the Navajo snowfield, my first snowclimb in Aug! Traverse to Apache is easy. Took west chimney up Navajo and then went over to Niwot Ridge.
A nice tour of Apache ascending the Apache Couloir and descending Queens way. This is one of the best basins in the front range.
Great day. An easy approach for a change capped of with a nice snow climb. Descended Queensway.
8/28/05 - Wasn't a huge fan of the East Ledges route. There was actally a lot of scree on the face and the scrambling was limited and not that great. Will return to try a snowclimb.
6/21/10 - I found the Apache Couloir to be a bit dissapointing as well. Maybe I'm just expecting too much from Apache. We livened up the day by traversing over to Navajo.
6/21/17 - Climbed Queens Way and then traversed to Navajo.
My wife and I did an open air bivy near the base of the climb. Lots of bats zoomed close over head at sunset. Got up early and did the nice snow route with a fast glissade coming down. Wonderful Indian Peaks summit.
climbed the moderately snowy east ledges with jamie nellis. the forecast for snow never materialized, and we had a gorgeous autumn day! quite the interesting outing
This was one of the most exhausting and longest trips I have ever done. However, it was also the most well-rounded trip (hike, scramble, steep snow/ice, low 5th class rock, beautiful scenery) that I have done so far. In summary, a great trip, beautiful day, some threatening weather, icy glacier/couloir.
Attempted North Ridge with group from CHAOS, but could not complete the route due to rain/hail. I was significantly nervous with the exposure on some sections of the route, and although I was able to continue, I had anxiety at regular critical points. We reached the gap between King's Pawn and King; hail and rain (wet rocks) had us descend before gully. I need more 'exposure to exposure' to become more comfortable, and hope to return. If you are comfortable with exposure and 3rd/4th class, you should enjoy the route. Beware loose rock - it is very easy to knock off, piled on ledge systems.
Very fun moderate snow route. The glissade down was a little tedious due to all of the old rockfall in the couloiur, but overall it was a blast. Definitely bring your skis if you are a competent backcountry skier.
Some fun routefinding through the ledges. Maybe a bit of class 3. Great views from the top.
Late June 2002: a low snow year. Was hitting buried rocks in Queen's way couloir while climbing up with the ice axe. Snow pack very thin! Very abnormal. Typically snow lasts year round in the couloir and you don't hit rocks.
Would like to climb from Fair Glacier / Triangle lake sometime
late June 2003: climbed Apache couloir, much better snow year, descended Queen's way
September 2004: climbed and skied queen's way couloir, fresh snow in the couloir
May 21 2006: climbed and skied Queen's way couloir. Continuous run from top of the cont. divide ridge (13400+') to trailhead (10500')
Classic climb & Incredible scenery
How many Colorado peaks have 3 permanent snow fields?
Isabelle Glacier, Fair Glacier, and the nearby Navajo snowfield.
Total ascents = 2. Second time, climbed Apache Couloir then traversed across the ridge and climbed Navajo.
Weather forecast was for snow, and it did. All day long. Got around eight inches while on the route then some more on the way down. Great climb, very exciting at times.
Beautiful scenery on our pre-dawn approach. Soft conditions on the way up and very soft on the way down. Fantastic scenery and a fine summit. Great way to beat the heat down in the lowlands (where the temperature was 100+ degrees!).
Awesome day, awesome climb!
my partners and i (fritzsperry + mike) climbed apache couloir 7/2/05. we hiked into the basin and started the steep ascent up the couloir of apache mtn. we reached the summit around 10am. the ski/snowboard descent of apache couloir was awesome, the snow was super slush about 4-5" down to a nice firm consolidated base. get an early start. there is still plenty of snow back there. contact me if you want pics of the snow pack
A fun route with the additional interest of climbing a rare Colorado glacier, and then great scrambling along the North Ridge over a sub-peak to reach the summit. Descent via Apache Couloir.
I climbed this route with my dog Sopris. Prior to our entering the coulior we witnessed the most spectacular and scary rockfall incident of I could imagine... a boulder the size of a short school bus crashed onto and slid down the Isabelle Glacier right before our eyes. I was completely awed by the violence of this event. And I felt uneasy the whole day... This may have been the most difficult summit my dog has tackled. (tis a tie between Apache and Mount Richthofen...) The looseness of the upper slope suprised me.
A great peak for getting dailed on snowclimbing and ski descents. June and even early July still occasionally hold some good snow in the couliors.
I finally made it to the summit after several previous attempts. This is a serious peak, unlike many of the trail hikes in this popular area. The Queens Way is moderate but not intimidating, and can be done with an ice axe and crampons. I only used these strap on 4 prong crampons which fit on any footware- they were marginally adequate at best. At the top of the couloir hike up the relatively easy talus to the summit. I had to leave from the top after only a few minutes because of an approaching storm. I almost got steered into the wrong descent route, so make a mental note of the top of the Queens Way if this is your descent route. Ended up glissading most of the way down the Way because of loosing my footing too often.