Started from the North Tenmile Creek Trailhead in Frisco and climbed the South Ridge, which was rather tedious and held a few surprises. We did a 4th class traverse on the west side to bypass a nontrivial and exposed knifey section (which would probably go ok when dry or for bolder climbers).
Headed to West Deming afterwards, but not via the connecting ridge. We dropped down into the basin and hiked up its south slopes. Long day, not a lot of snow for mid December but deep in places and uncooperative enough to slow things down quite a bit.
With Rachael. Meadow creek to Eccles, up the ridge and down a gully back to the trail. Decent amount of snow, a lot of it melted off the trail during the day but was still around up higher in the basin. Windy summit ridge felt more like winter!
With Michelle. Deming and Eccles = Damian Echols. One of the West Memphis Three.
Climbed from Meadow Creek Trail, then over to Eccles and up Buffalo. Down Buffalo and circled back to the trailhead via Lily Pad Lake trail. No pup this trip :(
A great hike from E Vail up the Gore Creek trail to Red Buffalo Pass, over to Eccles Pass, to the summit of W Demming, down to Eccles Pass, and all the way down to Silverthorne for a beer at the brewery!
Summited 3 years ago started at copper mtn then ascended demmings w nw ridge then down s. willow
Climbed straight up the ridge from the Eccles Pass as given in route description. Yes, definitely more exciting, but if your interest is ease of ascent and time...passing the scrub evergreens on the left and staying low and angling toward the saddle is a much better option. Did Unnamed 12313 (Eccles Mountain) after returning to the pass. Met a backpacker on its summit who had just come from Buffalo Peak on his way to Willow Creek drainage.
Skied from the summit! From Red Peak B.
Climbed Deming and "Eccles" together via the Meadow Creek Trail and Eccles Pass. Great views of the southern Gores, especially of the traverse from Red to PT 12945, that thing looks absolutely fierce! Not too much snow, the northeast slopes of Deming had some minor postholing otherwise no problems. It started snowing on the way out though, may be a few inches of new snow.
Great outing. Didn't see anyone else for 90 percent of the hike. Great views of the surrounding peaks. Hiked to Eccles Pass and then on to the summit. Went over "Eccles Peak" on the otherside of the pass on my way out. I really liked the views down into South Willow Creek.
Climbed with my hubby, Victor Hahn, and Buddy, the World's Smartest Border Collie. It's been several years since we've been to the summit -- is it my imagination or did the trail get longer and the peak get higher since last time? Looking forward to that 30-year reunion in 2006!
I climbed this with my Grandfather, Harold "Chick" Deming in the mid 1980's. The mountian is named after my family. It has been quite a while ago but I believe we once came up Meadow Creek and the second time came around the southern edge of Chief Mountian, but again, I can't recall. My Grandfather placed the "Deming Mountain" brass cap on the top of the summit on July 4th,1976 with his son, Steve Deming, accompanied by Grant Deming. I now live in southwestern Colorado and have been caught up in the rat race of life. I hope to return with my wife in the summer of 06' to climb the mountain again, for steimential value, 30th reunion. Thank you for posting this web page.
Wow - glad I tacked this on to my hike... lots of miles but the marmots everywhere and the wildflowers made it all worth while - for more beta see my trip report in Red Peak... Saw Jon's name in the summit registry
Hiked and skied to a nice campsite along upper Medaow Creek. Got a real early start the next morning and went up the lowest angled snow I could find on the east face. Made the top at 6:15 and spent some time taking pictures and chasing a ptarmigan. Got chased off the mountain myself by a storm a bit later and then broke a ski binding after leaving camp. It took several hours, a pack strap, and all the duct tape I had to get me out of there as the snowpack was deep and totally rotten below 11,000 feet. A good trip despite some hassles.