Handies Peak Climber's Log

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Bryan W

Bryan W - Sep 5, 2020 9:22 am Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2020

Grizzly Gulch is worth it.

I took the longer and harder approach up Grizzly Gulch. It was a great trail in the lower section with the exception of the couple of hundred Aspen log steps. It's also steep and loose the last 500', but still worth it. Very windy at the top, but amazing views. #29.

Ted Bauer

Ted Bauer - Sep 1, 2020 2:56 pm Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2020

Nice hike  Sucess!

Pretty easy hike. Fairly crowded, but thinned out at the lake.


BradBartick - Jul 3, 2020 4:31 pm Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2020

Great weather and peak  Sucess!

Witt M. Road is pretty tough- tales longer than you think if you drive like an old man l8e me.


mickeyCs - Mar 27, 2020 7:19 pm




utahjimk - Jul 27, 2019 6:55 pm Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2019

first San Juan peak for me!  Sucess!

Grizzly Gulch trail - with Akiko, Beth James and Ying. Ptarmigan with bunch of fluff ball chicks seen on return. What a wonderful hike!


eli.boardman - Dec 27, 2018 12:04 pm Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2016

Beautiful route from Grizzly Gulch  Sucess!

14ers.com fall gathering, beautiful day

Matt Miller

Matt Miller - Dec 22, 2018 9:49 am Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2009

With Leah  Sucess!

Went with friends to the San Juan Solstice run that I had completed the previous year, but bagged several 14ers this year.

Serious storm came in on Saturday while I climbed Sunshine Peak and Redcloud. Had intended to do Handies on Saturday but had to come back on Sunday morning to get it. The weather was beautiful on Sunday!


ericd - Aug 18, 2018 11:41 pm Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2018

#43, Better than expected  Sucess!

3,860' in 4 miles and 6hrs. Trail is well laid from Grizzly Gulch with 2 miles of forest, grassy intermediary, and a better than expected 1000' final reward. No cell service from Lake City, pizza place was closed until 4pm !X%&#@


birdhead - Jun 14, 2018 5:54 pm Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2018

Standard Trail  Sucess!

Got my 2015 Outback all the way to the highest trail head. Pretty easy hike up as far as 14ers go. Very windy on the ridge and summit. Smoke from the nearby fires obscured what otherwise looked like a spectacular view. There are not many signs of civilization from the summit, which is awesome!

connelljanis - Jun 12, 2018 5:06 pm Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2017

Fun Hike and then...  Sucess!

but then I rolled my Jeep on the way out. I blame it on lack of oxygen.

The top is slick with what I call "kitty litter". Take poles.


Poteet - Apr 9, 2018 5:24 pm Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2017

Relaxing 14er  Sucess!

Relatively easy 14er. Decent steep elevation gain on final leg up. Beautiful day, some clouds started to roll around midday, but no issues. Be prepared to possibly use a little bit of hands last leg if in less than ideal shoes, or lack of poles. No exposure though, so just a dusty fall if you slip.


Wheelbarrow - Feb 6, 2018 12:23 am Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2017

#35  Sucess!

American Basin was stunning and was a very captivating hike even despite not feeling comfortable enough to stand straight on the summit due to clouds. But there were marmots running around still and I think they have the sixth sense for weather stuff like that. Better SMART than sorry.


MissH - May 27, 2017 4:24 pm Date Climbed: May 27, 2017

'Merica  Sucess!

Kicked off Memorial day weekend with a trip to American Basin. Road still blocked with snow about .75 mi from TH. Still a lot of snow, but it was firm and ideal. Gorgeous day. First 14er with John.

utclimber - Oct 16, 2016 5:22 pm

Handies  Sucess!

Nice hike.


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.

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