Awesome. I had been staring at it from Vail for two years while living there, and it did not let down. We summited all of the spires along the traverse except for three, which were more technical with LOTS of exposure. A must do.
The traverse between the two peaks (North Traverse and Grand Traverse) looks fierce from below, but in reality its pretty easy except for one climb up a buttress. I forgot my boots, so did the entire traverse in tennis shoes.
I made my way up thinking that I'd have the area and especially the summit to myself on a Monday. Badly mistaken. There were 11 other people on the summit who had climbed from a camp on the East side. Still an awesome view.
Climbed for the first time with the Hoosier Trekkers, an Indiana University alumni hiking club. Although not an IU alum, SP regular Aaron Johnson was on this trip and provided great peak information once we were on the summit.
The traverse leading to Deluge Lake, while long, is rather easy. Once at the lake, the final 1,270 feet vertical is a steep rock scramble.
Once on the summit, the views are great, especially of Mt. Powell and Mt. of the Holy Cross.
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Beautiful fall day, the aspens on the approach were just past peak color. Some snow on the southeast slopes, but nothing problematic. After eyeing this peak for so long it felt great to be a part of everyone's view from Vail!
Grand Traverse is a good beginner hike for the Gore Range proper. It is steep as hell, but it is non technical. The Deluge Lake Basin is a memorable place as well. While your up there go and get Snow Peak and Valhalla Peak as well.
Left Colorado Springs at about 2am to start hiking at around 5:00. The hike up is steep (but I guess that's why they call it climbing). Once near the lake, the views are awesome, and it just gets better as you climb. This is a great route, with some of the best views I've seen so far.