Very nice mini real mountain...spruce/fir, krummholtz, tundra, rocks on top, honest summit, killer views, minor effort...what's not to like?
quick 2 miles each way. Did in early April and the snow was packed down enough to stay afloat on it with minimal post holing. Awesome views on the top. Great for people visiting CO. Doesn't seem to get much traffic.
Flew home to Denver early enough to get a late afternoon summit of an old favorite. Carried up the skis, made for a quick descent.
Climbed after Squaw & Papoose. Did not find the trail and ended up laboring through crotch deep snow on Chief's northeast slopes. Maybe the trail was burried in deep snow or maybe I just couldn't find it.
This was my 4th or 5th time on Chief. It was a nice day for a snowshoe. The snow was good 'til treeline, where it was mostly blown away. It was breezy, but not brutally windy like it had been the past week or so. I had not gotten Papoose yet, so I decided to head over there afterward.
Sits in a cool location between the Evans Group and the lower Indian Peaks. An easy after work hike but the standard trail is north facing and melts off late in the year.
Just need to repeat Squaw.
1st hike of New Year, good start!
After a long drive from KC on Saturday, I hit Chief's east ridge from Squaw Pass Road. It's a big jump from 1,000' to 11.7k', but Chief has nice easy trails, just the right amount of switchbacks and the tiniest of scrambles at the top makes it fun even on tired lungs.
Round-trip was two hours with at least 20 minutes on the summit. Winds were strong but inconsistent, which was a big plus considering the exposed summit block. Awesome views to the north and west!
5/2/10: Took the trail up Chief than traversed over Papoose to Squaw and back down the Squaw Mtn Road to my car. Also climbed a few of the other easy access peaks off the Squaw Pass Road, lots of peaks available for little effort on this road!
12/8/12: Repeat with Papoose and Squaw, also climbed Warrior and PT 11060.
With Papoose and Squaw.
This was my first hike with Janey Butterworth when we met in 2007, and we had to slip and slide down the trail to avoid the icy patches. Otherwise this was an easy and fun summit.
good acclimation hike - one of the first mountains i hiked when moving to CO
Good snowshoe up the west ridge
First I snow shoed up Chief, and then I headed over to Squaw Mountain. Beautiful, sunny and warm day for the first of March. Joined by my big mutt, Jack.
quick, easy hike from the squaw pass road.
winds kicked in above treeline which made for a rough stretch, but all was good. chief's summit came surprisingly quick after treeline. added on warrior afterwards to complete the idaho springs quad.
A nice easy day for a change. Nice place to snowshoe.
Quick little snowshoe and overnight camp. Not enough time to complete the igloo but the sky was clear and beautiful!
A snow storm made me cancel the idea of Sniktau out of Loveland Pass. This was backup plan nr. 2 and it worked out great! Got a break in the weather in that area with fantastic views; thanks to shknbke for the suggestion. Lots of powder but the trail was packed down from the previous weekend. Completely different snow than CA, that's for sure!
Quick and easy winter summit up a well-packed trail