My parents and I camped at Mistymoon Lake and only me my dad and brother made the summit. A light snow storm got us on our way down the summit because we started a bit to late.
Dennis Poulin and I hiked in on the late afternoon of the 23rd and camped at Misty Moon Lake. The mosquitos were waiting in force at the trailhead and attacked all the way up to the lake. We met a group of 12 guys from Wisconsin whom we caught up and they knew a mutual acquaintance which was pretty amazing. After talking with these guys for awhile, we continued on and Dennis was the first to summit and was waiting for me when I got up there too. It was my 200th county highpoint so it had a special meaning. As far as we know, 11 of the 12 Wisconsin group made the summit as one had altitude sickness and stayed at a lower elevation to wait for his friends. We hiked out in the morning but the mosquitos were fierce when we got back to camp. Beautiful area.
I hiked up Cloud Peak with a large group of friends, camping at a lake just before Misty Moon (can't remember its name). Everyone in our group of roughly 9 made it up in fairly good time. We camped at the same place that night, and then disaster struck. I suffered from a ruptured appendix and perforated small intestine that night (this was not related to or a result of the hike). My friends had to carry my sorry self out nearly 3 miles to be medevaced. Thank God they were there, they saved my life. Also got some valuable assitance from kind hikers along the way, I wish I knew their names to properly thank them. In the end I spent 11 days in the hospital, 3 in the ICU and had two surgeries, but I'm fully recovered now.
But other than that it was a great time! If any of you that read this were on the trail at that time and helped, my most sincere thanks go out to you, I'm alive today because of your generous help. God bless.
The oddest part about Cloud was that I came upon a freshly killed buck EXTREMELY high on the mountain. In fact, I had only descended a couple of hundred vertical feet from the peak. Grizzly? Mountain Lion? I didn't stick around long enough to look for tracks.
Drove from MN, arrived at trailhead around 5pm, hiked in and set up camp in a great area on northwest side of Lake marion. Was on trail around 6am and began hiking around mistymoon and started up standard route. Reached summit around 11, a little slow due to not being acclimated. Took a 30 min nap overlooking the glacier near summit. Casually descended and arrived back in camp around 4. Great day, perfect weather, and a nice climb.
I climbed Cloud Peak with Rocker Paully and another friend in a few hours of fun.
Did this within 48 hours using parts of three days. Camped at Mistymoon Lake. The climb was easier than I had been led to believe in terms of the boulder hopping aspect. We encountered a couple of lady geologists who were taking rock samples. My friend Duane offered to help carry them down, which they accepted of course. All those jokes about rocks in our packs - well they came true on that day. Great area, great climb.
Climbed with my family when I was 10 years old, long, long climb for a 2 day trip a.k.a. a "death march"
Climbed again aug. 4 2006 with a couple of friends then did the Bomber the next day.
Climbed with my good friend Don Gould. We hiked in to Lake Helen after work, slept, then summitted and out to the car right around dark so Don could work the next morning. It was a long day.
I did this with my Dad when I was in High School. We were camping at GunBoat lake, so we added a bit of a walk to our trip. My memory of the ascent is a little dim. There is a false summit followed by a fun Knife ridge.I am the same age now as he was then.
It was my first 13er.
Years later my dad told me it was one of the most challenging hikes he had ever done.
The view from the top is stunning.
Solo climb. Started out 6:20 from the waterfall area (30min past misty moon lake). Normal pace, without very much strain. Reached the summit by 10:30. Weather was good, sunny with distant clouds to the west; wind from the south, no to very little wind over the "narrows" ridge. Descend to camp 11:30 -14:30. Elk sighting at ~12,000 ft elevation! Poor guy had a broken front leg and possible dislocated shoulder. Overall a good climb, with very little problems weather/physical.
Was out to the Westensleep parking area by 10pm the same day, although very tired by that time.
Fun and easy climb, fairly physicaly stressful but the view is well worth it. We started early and got off the mountian before any storms accumulated.
These were the early days for me. I was with NOLS school on an outdoor educators course. We spent 21 days in the bighorns cruising the trails and climbing summits.
My climbing partner Randy Bullerdick and I backpacked in from Battle Park trailhead towards Lake Solitude. We camped at a mid-sized unnamed lake about halfway between Lake Solitude and Mistymoon Lake. The lake is about 0.25 miles north of the trail and is located at the foot of the southwestern ridge running off of Cloud Peak. It hidden behind a saddle and some small peaks. The elevation here is about 10,300 ft., and it is about 9 miles from the Battle Park trailhead. From here we climbed Cloud Peak from the foot of the southwestern ridge. You gain a lot of your elevation early on this route, and so it is much more scenic than the classic route up the Paint Rock Creek drainage. Lots of Boulder hopping though, and we descended the normal route. Our summit day was about 8 miles round trip, and the next day we exited an alternate trail 8 miles back to Battle Park that took us past Mistymoon Lake and down through the Middle Paint Rock Creek drainage. The ground was fairly dry, and I gambled and wore my trail runners during the whole expedition. The gamble paid off, as I had comfortable and dry feet for the whole trip.
My climbing partner David Keating, came up with this unique route. We started up a nearby ridge which eliminated most of the elevation. We scrambled from there for about two and half miles until we met up with the normal trail. We summited the mountain before noon.
Walked up this cloudy peak, with my bride, during our honeymoon. A lovely time indeed. Of course we started late, getting out of the tent that is, every morning. We had the mountain to ourselves for 3 days. It was a very leisurely and pleasurable 1 day walk in, 1 day up and down from summit and 1 day walk out. Enjoyed it so much that we reloaded our packs at the car and walked into the Lost Twin Lakes Cirque area, but that is another story.
This attempt we were turned back by a big snowstorm. Recommend trying climb by mid Sept at latest.
This route is very long and NO trails. Recommend the MistyMoon Trail route.