California Peak Climber's Log

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Eric Holle

Eric Holle - May 15, 2008 12:18 am Date Climbed: May 12, 2008

13er Trio  Sucess!

Ben L and I had climbed Ellingwood, Blanca and Little Bear Pk in the proir two days, so we decided to make it a nice long third day. We starting hiking from the Zapata Creek Trail and ascended the West Ridge to the summit of California continuing on to Pt 13,577 and on to Pt 13,660. 13 hours roundtrip left us feeling accomplished back at the trailhead. We investigated the plane wreckage in the North Fork Basin.

climbcolorado

climbcolorado - Aug 18, 2007 9:58 am Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2007

North Ridge  Sucess!

Hiked with my two dogs.
Very long ridge hike with 6 false summits!

chicagotransplant

chicagotransplant - Jul 2, 2007 10:40 am Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2007

North Ridge  Sucess!

Solo climb, saw no one else the entire day. The length of time above treeline on the ridge surprised me, lots of false summits!

KyleR

KyleR - Jun 12, 2007 4:40 pm Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2006

North Ridge  Sucess!

Ascended via the North ridge route. Took my father (63 yrs) with me and had a great time on a beautiful summer day. The view from California Peak makes you feel so insignificant. Never saw another human...a great bang-for-the-buck outing!

shknbke

shknbke - Sep 19, 2006 10:46 pm Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2006

south ridge and down north ridge  Sucess!

Did California as part of a grand tour of the area which included 13660, 13577, and 12180. I would highly recommend this loop hike as it affords some of the most spectacular views in the Sangres!

csmcgranahan

csmcgranahan - Aug 7, 2006 3:12 am Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2006

Summit  Sucess!

Summited with two friends, Jake and Beth. A great hike through heavy cloud cover. Not too many views but the clouds moving to and fro was really interesting. We got a quick 10 minute peak of the Sand Dunes from around 12,500 before climbing into the clouds at about 8:00am.

Brian Kalet

Brian Kalet - Jul 17, 2006 8:44 pm Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2006

South Ridge (ascent); North Ridge (descent)  Sucess!

From UN 13577. En route to UN 13476.

shanahan96

shanahan96 - Jun 30, 2006 11:12 pm Date Climbed: Feb 25, 2006

California in Winter  Sucess!

calm, sunny winter day. the view of ellingwood point is jawdropping after switching trails. maybe i should climb that next week? #5 of top-100 in calendar winter.

jamie

km_donovan

km_donovan - Jun 5, 2005 4:13 pm

Route Climbed: North Ridge *Classic* Date Climbed: June 4, 2005  Sucess!

It was incredibly windy with a steady 40+ mile per hour wind. The summit could not be seen due to the cloud cover although the valleys on either side were bathed in sunshine. The wind finally abated and a nice snow shower made the day even more enjoyable.

RyanS

RyanS - Dec 31, 2004 8:49 pm

Route Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: June 12, 2004  Sucess!

Erin and I hiked in on the Lily Lake Trail with Ken Nolan, and from Lily Lake, we ascended UN 13,577's grungy south slopes. At the summit, we had the privilege of meeting Ryan, this page's maintainer. He joined us for the detour traverse to UN 13,660. Erin and I then split for California Peak to try to catch Ken who had to pass on 660 due to a recovering shoulder injury. We joined Ken for the quick dash north to UN 12,180 before returning to the Huerfano Trailhead, completing a great loop hike. A trip report is available here.

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