snow only lower done, the upper half of the mountain was snow free.
Beautiful spring hike, amazing views of Sawatch Range.
Snow rapidly melting. Made the creek crossing rather interesting.
Wow, what an absolutely amazing January day - 1 cloud in the sky the entire trip. Mike, you are a trench-busting super hero!!! Crazy man plowed through dense snow like a bulldozer. Incredible Sawatch winter scenery from the top. Started in daylight, ended in daylight. GREAT day!
Another beautiful winter day, some tough trailbreaking as the broken trail went off towards Elbert leaving us to fend for ourselves on Bull Hill. Climbed with Sarah.
Climbed Elbert's standard route, then dropped down the Black Cloud route for about 1000' vertical and climbed up Bull Hill from there. Cool climb, lots of elevation gain!
Posthole nightmare! Our experience sounds a bit like Scott's a few days ago. We missed a turn on the trail and ended up bushwhacking a lot. The day was warm, so the snowpack couldn't support us. We postholed most of the way up to the ridge and down. Twice the posthole snow collapsed on my snowshoe so that I couldn't pull it out. Another time, I fell when postholing and my snowshoe came off.
I met Ben, Bethany, Brian and two dogs at the trailhead and we headed up the mountain. There was some confusion about finding the beginning of the route and once we did, the going wasn’t that easy. There was lots of postholing, even with snowshoes and lots of tricky side stepping. It was a bit of a struggle to reach timberline.
One we hit the timberline, the climbing was faster, but it was windy and cold. The weather really had an identity crisis today and the weather would turn anywhere from breaks of sunshine to blizzard in a matter of less than a minute. We had a mix of views and clouds, but got some peekaboo views of some of the surrounding mountains.
After enjoying the summit, we headed back down the mountain. It was a much faster trip down than it was up.
With Katie and Megan, both 11. Makes for a great day. The key thing is to stay high on Bull Hill's SE ridge when descending; you'll eventually hit an old miner's cabin at around tree line, and can then follow the miner's trail down to the Bl Cloud Trail. I've failed to pick that trail up on previous descents, and the result is a tedious bush-whack.
solo in winter. Was a beautiful calm day. The old mines were pretty cool as well.
Nice loop over Bull Hill, Elbert, South Elbert and Cosgriff. Had a close call with some lightning coming off Cosgriff.
Nice loop of Cosgriff, S. Elbert, Elbert, Bull Hill. From Black Cloud. Saw exactly 5 people all day.
9/24/06 - Approached Bull Hill using the Black Cloud Trail. Pretty views with new snow and fall colors.
1/4/18 - Went back for a winter ascent via the Black Cloud Trail. Climbed the south slopes of South Elbert and then traversed to Bull Hill. Descended the southeast ridge which was bottomless powder below treeline. It was hard breaking trail downhill!
Climbed this one on the Saturday after Thanksgiving to burn off those turkey calories. Cold clear day with a light dusting of snow, it was -3 Fahrenheit when I left my house in the AM, I am sure it was even colder on the summit!
I enjoyed the class 2 climb from Echo Canyon TH past the mines. The ridge between Bull Hill and Casco Peak to the NW is easily manageable with fairly solid rock. The wind picked up while I was on the ridge and threatened to send me off the steep, jagged north side of the ridge. The terrain gets much steeper towards the summit block of Casco and that turned me around at 1/2 mile and 850 vertical feet left to go since total I had already gained over a vertical mile. I gave out and headed back down into Echo Creek valley for a bushwhack back to the trail.