I drove a stock 3/4-ton pickup up from Jasper to Blowout Pass in the dark the night before I hiked the peak. I do not recommend that idea. But, then I camped at the pass and began my hike up toe Bennett Peak at first light. Nice hike up an ATV trail with lots of loose rock.
quick run up before the rain from way below blowout pass, also did Sheep Mountain and Windy Mountain.
Great morning stroll after a great camp at the lakes. Fun trip and beautiful San Fran basin.
Group hike for Furthermore's 13er finisher, congrats!! Thanks for the invite and thanks for all the trip reports - invaluable information for the 13ers. We also climbed Sheep on the way.
love this place... almost lost the car, but we pulled it off.
Wouldn't have stopped to climb this one if it had not been a county highpoint. The approaching storms had me running all the way back to the car. Would have liked to have given Wind Mtn a go, but the thunder convinced me otherwise.
Drove from Denver and had good weather so I summited this peak the same day. While I was there I thought I might as well hike Sheep Mountain as well.
Hiked from 9500 ft above the town of Jasper where snow drifts blocked the road to Blowout Pass. There was still lots of snow, but it was well consolidated and never softened to the point where snowshoes were necessary. A freezing cold wintry wind was blowing. We also climbed nearby Sheep Mountain.
Drove from Del Norte to about a half mile below Blowout Pass with 2 wheel drive pickup and walked the rest of the way to pass. After walking I realized I could have driven all the way. A 2 hour hike, on top at 9:30am. View of lakes down steep north side was nice.
I made it about one-half mile in the first time I tried only to be turned back by a July snow/hail storm that covered my car in ice. After the storm, I summited in about an hour. Ended up camping at Blowout Pass. Beautiful area to camp.
A gentle but scenic mountain.