I hiked up the easy N Ridge, then traversed to Unnamed 13577 and Unnamed 13660, with a descent to Lily Lake. From there it was an easy hike back to the lower Huerfano trailhead. This route avoids an ascent of the loose talus on the S ridge.
Climbed up from Lily Lake to 13,577 and then crossed to 13,660. I then climbed California and descended the N ridge. I also took in the 12er from the pass before going back down into the valley. I then hiked back up to camp at the upper TH.
6/4/06 - Loop with UN 13577 & UN 13476 from Huerfano TH.
1/11/14 - Winter loop with UN 13577 & UN 13476 from Zapata TH.
Class 1 all the way, although VERY scenic. Lots of bighorn and elk along the way.
A nice mellow hike after Lindsey, Huerfano and Iron Nipple the day before. The views were amazing the entire hike! Suprised by all the rolling false summits.
What a great day! The views of the Blanca Massif are breathtaking from this vantage point!
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.
Hiked with my two dogs.
Very long ridge hike with 6 false summits!
Solo climb, saw no one else the entire day. The length of time above treeline on the ridge surprised me, lots of false summits!
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!
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!
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.
From UN 13577. En route to UN 13476.
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.
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.
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.