Up Hematite Gulch, on to Macomber, round to Tower, and then the traverse to Dome, involving a drop down into Cataract Basin. N ridge of Dome not as bad as it looks. Down via NE ridge of Dome and out via S Fork Animas trail.
Late spring hike on a day of unsettled weather. Did a loop over Macomber, Tower & Dome from the south. Cataract Gulch is so named for a reason; we descended it and had to find our way through sketchy cliff bands.
Camped in Eureka Gulch, followed the south fork of the Animas to Dome Mtn's north ridge, then over to Tower, East Storm, Proposal, Emery and Bonita before following the Eureka road and some bushwhacking back to our camp. Long loop, but a rewarding day!
Solo hike from Eureka Gulch Rd., McCarthy Gulch, and then northeast ridge up and north ridge down. Nice wildflowers.