Solo day scramble. Intended to also traverse over to Pilot Knob but went the wrong way and turned back. Do not traverse the west side of that long summit ridge!!
Ice Lakes Basin has great slopes and bowls for skiing early in the season
After climbing Vermilion we climb back to saddle and from that point we took high traverse across snowfield to the saddle. Interesting scramble to the summit. I really like this mountain, probably the best climb of the day.
Made the summit with the SP Summer climb gathering, July 21, 2007. Beautiful hike through Ice Lakes Basin which was loaded with Alpine Flora.
This basin is awesome! With Dave B. We went up Golden Horn first, then headed up Vermilion's NE ridge. Nice ridge; one 10ft spot seemed tougher than c3 (per Roach), but we may not have been following Roach cuz we were baffled by his instruction to go around one point on the west. Anyway, the worst part was the last 40 or so feet up the dry Vermilion Dollar couloir. Afterwards, we headed to the saddle with Fuller, where I side-tripped up that one while Dave headed down.
Got to summit 10:37AM, heard the first rumble from the Lower Basin 10:45, so I had a whopping ten minutes at the summit. It was great while it lasted! Rains moved in fast. The Upper and Lower basins were both beautiful as always. The summit register, along with the end cap, were missing.
Nice hike approach to a great view towards Lizard Head!!
What an interesting day. After scrambling up Golden Horn, I got to within 120' or so or Vermilion's summit following the NE Ridge. A crux filled with ice stopped me. Couldn't figure out how to bypass it. Downclimbed and traversed the east face & caught the NE Ridge above the saddle.
Hit Fuller afterwards and retraced my steps partially than plung-stepped down to the basin.
MY CENTENNIAL FINISHER!!!!!! :O)
snow climb up poverty gulch to golden horn. we wanted vermillion also, but there was too much of cornice on top of the vermillion dollar couloir was our liking. the glissades down poverty gulch were great, lots of vertical!
Long hike up talus from Hope Lake side. From Vermillion / Golden Horn saddle to summit is a short, fun scramble.
Ice Lakes basin is a great place and not as crowded as say Yankee Boy Basin due to lack of 14ers. Combined this with Vermillion.
Climbed with Brian Bray. 4th class scrambled up a left leaning cleft in the northwest of the peak. Had to dan;ge my pack down to hoist Brian up a sheltered dihedral at one point. Great Fall day sliding back down.
Just realized I never signed this log before. Made the summit with the SP Summer climb gathering, July 21, 2007. A fun hike, great views and great people.
7/3/06 - With Vermilion from camp in Ice Lakes Basin.
5/30/16 - Started from 10,100 feet on the road to the Hope Lake TH. Climbed the west face of Pilot Knob on excellent spring snow and then traversed to Golden Horn.
3/18/17 - Winter ascent from Trout Lake in amazingly consolidated conditions that felt more like late May. Combined with Pilot Knob.
fun jog from Ice lake TH - first did Fuller, then Vermillion, then Golden Horn's both summits.
2nd time: 10/2 - with a fresh blanket of snow, solo as most of my peaks I prefer meditation and solitude
First peak of the day with Vermilion and Fuller. Followed std. route up to saddle and trail to summit. Classic San Juan views.
Pretty easy considering what this thing looks like from Ice lake.
Fun day on a ridge traverse climbing Pilot Knob, Golden Horn, Vermillion Peak, and Fuller Peak.
Simple walk-up after a steep scree descent off Vermilion. Trip report.