Climbed up Gray Wolf from Spalding after summiting Evans. There's some mushy terrain on the saddle from Spalding, but nothing terrible. There was no one on Gray Wolf today, everyone else stuck to Spalding & Evans. I took a short break on the summit before heading back to Summit Lake.
Got the summit on the 2nd try. Started at Echo Lake, awesome area.
Nice on a weekday
Started from BM 11096 on Guanella Pass Road and followed the ridge on south side of the drainage to avoid the Guanella Pass willow nightmare.
via Spalding on a windy loop with Evans from Guanella Pass
Nice hike from Summit Lake, climbed with Mount Spalding. Climbing partner: Brian
Started at Echo Lake, followed the Chicago Lakes Trail until leaving for the ridge to Gray Wolf. Continued on to UN12959 and Sugarloaf before dropping down to Hells Hole TH. Fun loop!
Clouds came and went making it chilly and warm off and on. The Guanella Pass marsh area was pretty well frozen (especially in the morning) making that part a lot easier than I had expected. Then there was about 500-600 ft of trenching before we could take off snowshoes at about 12,100ft.
I circled the entire ridgeline starting with Bierstadt... minus Evans, but including Pt. 13307 (which was a blast BTW). I only spent about 5 seconds on the summit of Gray Wolf due to an approaching T-storm. And by approaching I mean 50 feet away.
From Spalding, nice morning with some Mountain Goats on the way.
What a fantastic way to spend Halloween! Beautiful, blue-bird skies, bright sun...cold and windy up top but surprisingly warm along most of the route. All twelve of our team made the summit! Partners: The "Collard Greens" CMC outing.
On the way to Hell's Hole I looked for a good spot to begin the bushwhack up Gray Wolf. Trees were thick and I was solo so I continued out to Hell's Hole to hang out. Met a solo hiker who also wanted to hike Gray Wolf so we went together. We started hiking back along the trail and descended into the trees directly across from the low part of the saddle. Spacing in the trees wasn't bad, making for minimal whacking. It is easy to get turned around in there, especially on the hike out. Seemed like a good way to head up the peak and it was.
Started at Summit Lake and hiked up the rib of Spalding before heading off towards Gray Wolf. There was still a fair amount of snow on Spalding's northern slope which was melting fast causing the saddle between Spalding and Gray Wolf to be quite wet. After summiting Gray Wolf I then did Spalding and Mt. Evans. Beautiful day with only light fluffy, non-threatening clouds overhead.
Climbed solo as part of a long ridge tour from Echo Lake - Goliath to Rogers to Warren to Spalding to Gray Wolf back to Echo Lake. Great warm spring day with plenty of sunshine! The road was still closed giving the place an eerie solitude.
Several of my usual hiking companions joined me on this climb to celebrate the 4th of July.
A great solo climb! The old burn area is interesting to walk thru...5 hours up, 3 hours down...I was hungover ;)
Clouds covered much of the top to the mountians in the front range. not the best views on top, and dang cold, yet warm in the valley below. Wonderful hike. Was good to finally reach the summit after failing to summit 3 years ago.
4/21/06 - Started at Guanella Pass and climbed the gentle south slopes of Gray Wolf after summitting Mount Spalding on a very cold, windy day.
3/9/14 - Accessed Guanella Pass from the south (Grant side) and had to park more than 6 miles away due to new snow. This made for a 22 mile round trip for Gray Wolf & Spalding... and my husband came down with the flu and turned around just above the flats below Bierstadt leaving me all the joy of trailbreaking (relentless all the way to the summits).
Came from the other two peaks, then looped back to Summit Lake.