Very snowy! Micro spikes were helpful on the approach. The upper ridge is mostly dry. Fantastic views. Back to the car at 1 PM, snow was softening up, but no flotation necessary.
With Little Engineer.
After work climb, great sunset, back at treeline before dark. Route data is wrong. RT is 6.4 miles from pass creek TH / coal bank pass.
My dog & I headed up early yesterday morning. There was a lot of ice up there and with the loose rock I wasn't all that comfortable hiking alone. I wished we had gone later in the day although it does sound like this mountain isn't all that dog friendly. It was certainly beautiful up there.
Little spicier than expected. The new, early season snow was a surprise. Cool ascent!
Solo from Coal Bank Pass, fun peak and cool ridge but the smoke came back in with a vengeance this morning. By the time I got back to the car you could barely even seen Potato Hill, and forget about Twilight. Will just have to climb it again some day so I can get the full view!
Incoming clouds chased us off the summit at around 11:30 a.m. after a great climb with friends from AZ and my sister Jody who lives full time in Durango. We started the hike from the Coal Bank trailhead at 7:30 a.m.
Fun scramble near the end. Got rained on for the last mile on the way out.
Climbed again 7/13/17. For the second straight time I had no views from the summit due to clouds! Still a fun hike.
fun scramble - had my wife a little nervous but she pushed through it.
Nice stormy day. Had the peak to myself
Early snow this year made for an interesting climb. Lots of postholing on the ridge. Great weather!
By pure chance, I started a solo hike on the pass trail not even knowing about Engineer Mountain. When I arrived at the bottom, I literally felt drawn to this mountain. The weather was fine with just a few clouds. There was some wet snow sticking to the shaded areas. Took left at the Crux as advised by Connor, a young man who was climbing fast off-trail left of the ridge. Felt quite dizzy and totally euphoric at the summit. On the way down I climbed down (about 10 feet) the northern section of the Crux. The 3-foot wide ledge on which then I stood was barely a reassurance from the vertiginous cliff that lay beneath my feet.
Really fun one!
nice climbing at the end, with my mom, Duchess, and uncle. Will bring a mountain bike next time for the approach.
As a former army engineer I'd been wanting to climb this peak. With good weather was able to also make it up Jura Knob.
Really nice summit with super nice scramble, great views, with my brother, son, and Duchess (although not a dog friendly mountain higher up). Rained on us on the way down.
2nd time up - mid April for Easter (even brought Easter egg with me). Lovely snow climb, skinned up, the descent on skis between the trees was hard (snow melted at spots, easy to get into cliffs etc).
After spending the previous day attempting to summit Sneffels in an early morning deluge, it was nice to be able to attain this summit. A crux of crumbly holds wasn't quite what I expected, but was grateful to savor one of the best views in the San Juans.
When I saw this mountain, I literally pulled off the road and climbed it. I didn't think there was a trail, but soon stumbled across it. I then thought there certainly couldn't be a good route to the top, but was surprised when I saw several people on the ridge above. I ventured a bit onto the face to get away from the conga line and also to spice it up. It was a LOT of fun, and great scenery too.
Fun short snowshoe. Took an hour-long nap in perfect weather on top. Trip report.