10/29/16 w/Patrick Yantes, Daniel Lang, John Lang
Turned around by blizzard conditions just below summit ridge. Epic weekend having the Cloud Peak Wilderness all to ourselves
Started hiking at 11:30am but still managed the summit on the first day. Trip report
I was sick when I woke up (you know it's going to be a good day when you rush for the toilet and don't make it) but I figured since I was at the trailhead I would do it anyway. Started using a headlamp and finished using one. Eight hours up and seven hours down for a fifteen hour and forty minute day. Weather was great, mosquitoes were minimal, and the views were spectacular. I just didn't set any land speed records : )
Did this one as a solo dayhike after climbing Crazy Peak the day before. Great trail a lot of the way from the West Tensleep TH and then a fairly smooth boulder hop to the top. Round trip in a bit less than 9 hours.
Left the tailhead at 7:30 with an overnight bag. Dropped my pack at Mistymoon and carried on up the peak and reached the summit just before 1pm. One of the best summit views I have experienced with around 70+ 9000ft peaks under my belt. Not to be missed.
Awesome view of the glacier and glacial lakes from the top!
12.5 Miles, ~5500' ele. gain
Went with WyomingSummits and hiked the peak in a day starting at 3am from West Tensleep. This was my first visit to the Big Horn Range (well, besides Loaf Mountain the day before)...I will be back! Quite windy, but the views of the Merlon and Black Tooth were awesome
We left the trailhead at 3:30 am and summited at 10am. :) Next time we'll have technical gear and get the Merlon and Woolsey/Blacktooth.
Camped at 2nd lake past misty moon and were alone. Very picturesque. The long rock hop to the top can be made more fun by staying on the southern ridge where the rocks are generally larger, more stable and the cliff views get better and better. Pretty impressive eastern cirque and the ridge to Black Tooth looks insane! I will have to come back to get Black tooth at some point and maybe if I wanna lug all the gear way in Mt. Woolsey. It sure looks like an adventure.
Tagging ultra-prominence peaks. It's a bit of a long slog in from West Tensleep, but the boulder-hop is actually quite pleasant as far as such things go. The area between Cloud and Black Tooth is impressive, with sheer faces and a real glacier on Cloud's east side. I need to come back for Black Tooth and Innominate at some point. Trip report.
What an amazing backpacking experience! I was a part of a group of three hikers. We took a side by side to Lily Lake in the late afternoon(the trail starts just below Battle Park) and picked up the hiking trail from there (Trail #66). It's much shorter and more deserted than the trail from West Tensleep Lake. I definitely recommend it. We camped just above Paint Rock Waterfalls for the night. The next morning we woke up with the sun. It took my group of somewhat inexperienced hikers 5 hours to reach the summit with breaks and picture opportunities included. We only ran into one other group on our way up. WHAT A VIEW!! So worth the boulder hopping (maybe...haha). On the way back down the mountain we saw that there were about 5-6 new tents set up with people planning to summit the next day. We packed up our tent and grabbed our backpacks and headed back down the trail. Now looking back, we all wish we would have stayed another night. I would suggest doing this hike over 3 days and 2 nights unless you are an experienced hiker. It was a great adventure and we are already planning on doing more backpacking trips next year! Cloud Peak rocks!
Backpacked to Painted Rock Creek falls after a great morning of sport climbing in Ten Sleep. Hiked up the standard route on Cloud the next morning and then backpacked out and enjoyed two more great days climbing at Tensleep. Awesome little combo!
The first 13,000 mountain I ever summited.
The highest mountain I have climbed, and it rewarded me with the beautiful views of Glacier Lake and the Mistymoon Trail on the way.
oops. deleted log with date I climbed. Sep 1st is a guess at the date climbed.
Was a gorgeous climb. Started hiking in from West Tensleep trailhead at 6:30pm on Fri and started the 8 mile hike to Misty Moon lake. Arrived at 8:45pm through some snow squalls, by headlamp, and set up camp. Overnight got down to 27 degrees with a 35mph wind....nice sleeping weather. Got up at 6am the next morning and summited by 10am. Was a cloudless summit day and was in the 50's for the whole hike back. Was my 4th trip in this Bighorns this year....3 without mosquitos. If only every year were pest free! ;)
Took the 66 trail, which I highly recommend since it's beautiful and deserted, but I'll camp closer to the bog by the waterfall at the base of the climbers trail next time. Thought this would be a walk up a big hill, but I was wrong. The patches of snow were evil - firm one minute then you sank to your belly. Anything to escape from the never ending rock/scree, which went from mildly interesting to downright nasty as you get towards the summit. Nice summit view and best of all I got back to camp before the thunderstorms rolled in. This is one of those mountains that is a much bigger and much longer hike than it looks, even as you approach the summit.
Since I hadn’t climbed anything in the Bighorn Mountains yet, Cloud Peak seemed like a logical choice for Labor Day Weekend 2011. Kessler, Shaylee and Kimberly would join me for the trip.
We had a rough start to the trip. We stayed in a hotel in Thermopolis and they were supposed to leave a key for us, but when we got to the hotel there was no key. After waiting an hour and after several phone calls we were finally let in, but the hotel was noisy and we didn’t get to sleep until 4 am.
After a noon start (we visited the Dinosaur Museum in Thermopolis before heading for the mountains), we headed for Mistymoon Lake. The guidebook made it sound like the trail to the lake was really rugged, but it wasn’t so bad and we made the six miles to the lake in a relatively quick four hours. We spent the evening reading some books and some church articles before going to bed. The scenery was quite nice along the way, but it was a cool and breezy day.
After a cold morning with frozen water bottles (a nearby party said they recorded 10F [-12C]), Kessler and I set off for the summit of Cloud Peak. Because of the rough night before this one, at 7:45 AM, we got a later start than we wanted to. The weather and weather forecast was great through, so we pushed on over the ridge and down to Paint Rock Creek where the work began.
We steadily made it up the slopes of the mountain and about half way up we passed another group who had camped nearby to us the previous night. When we learned that they had started over an hour before us, we felt good about our speed, but were wondering if they were going to make it up.
The boulderhopping got more strenuous as we pushed up the mountain, but the views more than compensated for the effort. After 3 hours and 53 minutes after leaving Mistymoon Lake we found ourselves on the summit of Cloud Peak. We made pretty good time considering the one way distance was 5.5 miles most of which was strenuous boulderhopping.
Cloud Peak was more like “Perfectly Clear Peak” today and there was not a cloud in the sky so we kicked back and relaxed and spent 45 minutes on the summit just soaking up the views and scenery and chatting with other climbers on top.
After enjoying the summit, we headed back down the mountain. We passed several of the parties that we had passed on the way up and let them know how far it was to the summit. We made our way down the mountain and back over the ridge to Mistymoon Lake without any problems. It had taken us until 3:45 to arrive back at the lake (3 hours 15 minutes to climb all the way back), so it wasn’t that much faster going down and up.
After waiting for three hours we were a bit worried about the other parties on the mountain who were still not down yet. I had debated heading back up the mountain, but just before dark they arrived back at camp. Since some of our fuel leaked, we barrowed a little fuel from them to make something hot before going to bed.
In the morning we packed up and headed back down to the trailhead. The trip back went rather uneventful, but we did see a cow moose on the way back and stopped to photograph it. It was a great trip, but the drive back home was long.
I left the West Tensleep trailhead at 4:15am, reached the summit at 10:45am and was back at the trailhead at 5:15pm. Beautiful weather. On my way home, I stopped in Buffalo and ate a whole pizza.