After Tanima and Alice, our party made our way down to the saddle between Chief's Head and Alice and decided the weather permitted. Beautiful hike up and amazing views of the entire park! No weather conflicts, either. Went down the pass to Snowbank Lake and returned to Thunder Lake for a successful 3-peak combo.
Summitted Chiefs Head on a backpacking trip to Thunder Lake. We left camp at 4:40 am and climbed up Boulder-Grand Pass. Once on the pass at 6:10 morning clouds rolled in, obscuring our entire ascents of Tanima and Mount Alice. Luckily the clouds broke as we were descending Alice around 8:30. The hourglass ridge traverse was listed as Class 3 but felt closer to hard class 2. After reaching the saddle, we summitted Chiefs Head. This was definitely one of the best views in the park. Absolutely stunning views of Longs Peak, Wild Basin, Glacier Gorge, and the far northern and western reaches of the park. We decided to make it a loop and descended down the Lion Lake basin. Luckily, on our glissade down the ice shelf that deposits into Snowbank Lake, we stuck to the right and avoided a potential 25 foot plunge off the ice shelf into the lake. These lakes are probably some of the prettiest in the park.
Was trying for Alice but the Hourglass was heavily corniced and we did not have a rope, so we "settled" for CH. Long hike from WB in the winter.
I was lonely the entire day. It was wonderful weather and great trip. I gave up my plan to go for Alice since I was tired.
A nice, short scramble over from Alice. Then onward to Orton!
From the Pagoda-Chief's Head couloir. A long but easy boulder stroll. Trip report.
Climbed with Scot from Wild Basin, up to Lion Lake #2 and then up onto North Ridge (which is actually on Chiefs Head's south side) to the summit, traverse to McHenrys and then back down. We wanted to climb Mt Alice but weather moved in.
Last peak of the day for us. Descent via Chiefs Head / Pagoda Col was miserable!
From Stone Man Pass, combined with Spearhead. Never get tired of Glacier Gorge!
With McHenrys & Alice.
via Sandbeach Lake. Long dayhike from Copeland Lake. Great views all around including Longs, Pagoda and Alice
Backpacked in to Sandbeach Lake, and then on the following day hiked up to Mt. Orton, followed along North Ridge to the the southern flake of Chiefs Head. From the summit there are very nice views of Longs' western side, looking down on Spearhead, the Mummy Range and the summits of numerous peaks on the west and south side of the Wild Basin. Glorious day, the weather was beautiful.
With Mikey B. Like he said below. And I'm now living proof that you can get a decent sunburn on a rainy/snowy whiteout day. 5800' vertical, 13.5 miles, 16 hours. In crampons for at least 7 hours. OOoof.
Long day in rain/snow with Tim P. from Glacier Gorge in less than ideal conditions. Will have to go back on a sunny day to take in the missed views. Hard to find Stone Man Pass in the whiteout/cloudy cover, so we reclimbed and descended the col. Overall, a fun col. to climb!
Hiked both peaks after a camp at Sandbeach Lake. Amazingly good views of Mt Alice, The Spearhead, Glacier Gorge, and the Pagoda-Longs-Meeker trio. Visited Keplinger Lake on the way back to camp.
3/11/07 - From Sandbeach Lake TH. Last hike of the winter season, and it was a big one! Most of the trail to Sandbeach Lake was tracked, except for the last half mile or so. From the lake, we climbed NW over unranked Mt. Orton and then to the summit of Chiefs Head. Views were incredible. 17 miles was a PR for a winter hike, took 13.5 hours!
9/13/15 - As part of the Glacier Gorge Traverse: Arrowhead -> McHenrys -> Chiefs Head -> Pagoda -> Longs -> Storm.
Climbed this huge mountain from Wild Basin with a camp at Thunder Lake. I'm glad I did. The south face of Chiefs Head is huge and concave anf great to look at from the Snowbank Lake area.
Cooler summit than I thought it would be! Great day out! Climbed w/ Alice and Tanima! Saw your name in the register beave!
The last peak of the day, #7, would have liked to gone further, but Pagoda was a little spicy for me. Great views of Longs, the Keyboard, and Pagoda. A fun and worth while day.
Tough slog with Charles Danforth after making camp at Sand Beach Lake. Horrible sugar snow slog. Slog slog slog. Fun.