Handies Peak Climber's Log

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chicagotransplant - Sep 6, 2016 4:34 pm Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2016

Tour de Grizzly  Sucess!

With Rachael. Went up the Grizzly Gulch trail but left early to go straight up the grass slopes to Whitecross, then traversed around over Handies and PT 13795 before descending back to the trial via a beautiful high tarn.


jeffrawn - Sep 5, 2016 3:04 pm Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2015

American Basin

Nice hike from American Basin. Puzzle of the day: How did the Mercedes-Benz coupe get to the upper (4WD) trailhead and back down again?!


RMdaytripsgrl - Jul 21, 2016 6:41 pm Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2015

Fun with Friends  Sucess!

Most of us were hung over. Good thing it was fun and easy!


Udink - Jul 8, 2016 3:08 pm Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2016

Perfect weather for my second 14er  Sucess!

I hiked Handies after a successful summit of Sneffels the day before. Arrived in American Basin a little late and had to settle for a less-than-stellar camp spot. :) Started hiking before 7AM and made it back down by about 11:30AM. The weather was perfect, especially compared to foggy/misty conditions at Sneffels the previous day. http://udink.org/2016/07/07/mount-sneffels-and-handies-peak/


yadahzoemtn - Jan 5, 2016 9:36 pm Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2015

Love these 14ers  Sucess!

Beautiful mountain


Scott - Oct 5, 2015 9:16 pm Date Climbed: Oct 4, 2015

Handies  Sucess!

Kessler and I climbed Handies Peak with a group of 14ers.com members. We didn't start until after 9 am. We wanted to get over the mountains before it snowed, so we moved rather quickly. Kessler and I made the summit of Handies in one hour and 30 minutes. After a break on top, we were back at the vehicle in three hours. We drove over Cinnamon Pass and then to near Engineer Pass and then Ouray. We should have came down the road to Silverton since the road to Ouray was very rough and time consuming.


Kessler - Oct 5, 2015 12:37 am Date Climbed: Oct 4, 2015

Handies  Sucess!



Onager - Sep 21, 2015 9:00 pm Date Climbed: Sep 21, 2015

Via American Basin  Sucess!

On Sunday I hit the trail up towards Handies Peak at 7AM. The trail was easy to follow and I made my way to Sloan Lake by 8AM. From here it took me an hour to make the summit. Again, I had the summit to myself! I made it back to the trailhead by 10AM. Overall it was a great weekend and was much needed! Perfect weather both days too!


MMclimbhigh - Aug 31, 2015 11:46 am Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2015

Via Grouse Gulch TH  Sucess!

Fun hike. We decided to save some wear and tear on our truck by not driving over Cinnamon Pass. We started a little lower and farther away at the Grouse Gulch TH. 4 miles and 4100 vert to the summit……3 hrs up and 3 hrs down. Our dog Yeti now has her first (and probably only) CO 14'er!!

Tom Fralich

Tom Fralich - Aug 9, 2015 3:10 pm Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2015

American Basin  Sucess!

Beautiful hike with Mary. We saw a ptarmigan with chicks on the way down.


Moogie737 - Jul 13, 2015 11:51 am Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2015

Via Grizzly Gulch TH  Sucess!

#1 7-3-15. With good friends this hike made warm memories. Chilly winds above 13,600'. Tolle Gesellschaft!


RMdaytripsgrl - Jul 3, 2015 8:09 pm Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2015

Fun day with friends  Sucess!

Fun hike with friends from the Grizzly Gulch TH. Threatening weather chased us from the summit, but then it blew over with only a light sprinkle. Lots of mud, water, snow!


telemarkdude - Aug 30, 2014 12:23 am Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2014

Nice Easy Hike  Sucess!

Cold front came in and dropped about an inch of snow. Low clouds were so thick I couldn't see more than about 20 feet. Cold and windy.


ajberry - Jul 13, 2014 8:21 am Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2014

Grizzly Gulch and round over 13,795'  Sucess!

Occasional snow squalls (interspersed with periods of sunshine). Up Grizzly Gulch, on to the ridge between Handies and Whitecross (the trail's route was rather snowed up); on to Handies; and then staying high -- 13,735 to 13,795. A tricky segment (50' of class 3 down climb on very bad rock) coming off the top of 13,795, NE. Over 13,502, and then an easy descent to Lk 13,323 via a nice, gravelly slope just beyond the 13,502 top. Made for a fine round.


MadGrad96 - Nov 1, 2013 7:56 am

Handies  Sucess!

Three peaks in one day!

alpineair - Oct 28, 2013 10:58 am

Easy hike.  Sucess!

Short hike, killer views!


DanielL - Oct 9, 2013 12:34 am Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2013

Fog and Sunshine  Sucess!

Climbed from Grizzly Gulch (beautiful route), thick fog in the low valley and clear, sunny conditions higher up made it even better!

Senad Rizvanovic

Senad Rizvanovic - Aug 5, 2013 8:23 am Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2013

From Grizzly Gulch   Sucess!

Nice easy hike.


jrnewmann - Jul 7, 2013 10:18 pm Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2013

Grouse Gulch  Sucess!

We were on vacation in the area and decided to climb a 14er while we were there. Originally the plan was to climb Uncompahgre after driving over engineer pass but we realized near Animas Forks that the drive would be too long, so I checked the map and found the Grouse Gulch trail. We parked near Animas Forks and began to climb quite steeply for several miles, topping out on a 13000+ foot ridge, before promptly dropping 800+ feet to meet up with the American Basin Trail to the top. I believe our overall elevation gain was about 4000 feet, and it felt like it, but this is not a difficult mountain to climb. We cruised right up the American Basin Trail after joining it and summitted before 10 AM. Visibility was remarkably good, especially considering the fires going on nearby, so I was overall extremely satisfied with my first Colorado Fourteener - it certainly won't be my last! Grouse Gulch is a poor and relentless trail but I recommend it if you are looking to add a little extra challenge to your hike, and appreciate some solitude in gorgeous country along the way, we didn't see a soul until we met the main trail.

Thanks for a great time Colorado!


s_tuning@msn.com - Jan 19, 2013 4:27 pm Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2011

Nice Hike with my dog  Sucess!

Very nice hike, Dog had a fantastic time playing in the lake. Wildflowers were in full bloom and the views were fantastic.

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