Handies Peak Climber's Log

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mountainloverCO - Aug 26, 2007 4:06 pm Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2007

American Basin- evening hike  Sucess!

We climbed Uncompahgre in the morning, spent some time driving over the passes in the Lake City area, and then climbed Handies in the late afternoon once all the storms had cleared out. We had the entire mountain to ourselves throughout the hike. The scenery was stunning, and the weather was perfect...American Basin is one of those places that must be seen to be believed.


kylerlott - Aug 21, 2007 4:10 pm Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2007

Grizzly Gulch TH  Sucess!

I highly recommend this route over the American Basin, just a little bit longer and more elevation gain, but way less people. We saw one group of three hikers the entire day! I still can't believe how late some people start up 14ers, especially when black clouds are looming in the distance and they still push on thinking they will make it in time. Then BOOM! Here they come running back down the mtn. I am surprised we don't hear about more accidents in the mtns.


jhansen007 - Aug 19, 2007 2:19 pm Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2007

Grizzly Gulch TH  Sucess!

Beautify hike up through the American Basin. Great views from the top. #34 for me.


ouray19 - Aug 18, 2007 7:55 pm Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2003

Handies Peak  Sucess!

Handies was my first 14'er. I did it again this year (2007) to see how far I had progressed! Beautiful views from the summit.

The Ogre

The Ogre - Aug 11, 2007 2:19 pm Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2007

Awesome hike  Sucess!

Very short & easy from American Basin 4wd parking.


rdmc - Aug 8, 2007 4:21 pm Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2007

American Basin  Sucess!

Nell was home from NC and wanted to do a hike, so we camped out just below the trailhead. Couldn't have asked for a more gorgeous day! The wildflowers are probably the best I've ever seen. Could have spent hours just taking flower pictures...
(I think I probably doubled our hiking time....click...there's another gorgeous shot) but my kids were very patient! :o)

Great day, and wonderful family time!


slowbutsteady - Jul 29, 2007 5:08 pm Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2000

No Grizzlies Gulch  Sucess!

Saw no bears, grizzlies or otherwise in a beautiful hike via Grizzly Gulch to summit of Handies. Only a few other climbers this day. 7:30am to top at 11:30am. Probably my favorite 14ner mountain and approach with the peak right in your face for most of the climb. Lots of photo ops.

XC Champ - Jul 27, 2007 2:18 pm Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2003

Route Climbed: Gruzzley Gulch  Sucess!

Ran up this peak for an awesome view decened via American Basin

Scott Rogers

Scott Rogers - Jul 11, 2007 10:02 pm Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2007

great view  Sucess!

climbed from the grizzly gulch side. It was beautiful. I highly recommend this over the American Basin hike.


bjd5578 - Jul 8, 2007 10:55 pm Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2007

The best 14er view I've seen  Sucess!

All I have to say is wow! Hiked from the American Basin and loved every second of it - just fantastic views in all directions for the entire hike!


Bassoon - Jul 3, 2007 2:19 pm Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2007

First 14er!  Sucess!

Came up American Basin- beautiful and easy trail- good for lowlanders like me. The views from the top were amazing!


Kiefer - Jun 6, 2007 7:58 pm Date Climbed: Jun 2, 2007

American basin  Sucess!

Second trip to the summit. Traversed over from American on decent snow. Great morning and great weather. The views from Handies' summit are definately some of the best.


crzyjt - May 31, 2007 5:06 pm Date Climbed: May 27, 2007

West Face Ski  Sucess!

climbed and skied with gahugafuga


Gahugafuga - May 29, 2007 3:56 pm Date Climbed: May 27, 2007

West Face Ski  Sucess!

Skinned to 12000' in American Basin, then kick-stepped up the west face on decent snow. Skied from the summit via the ascent route. On the way up, dropped my climbing helmet and watched it careen off a cliff and slide into the basin 1000' below. Miraculously found it with hardly a scratch on my way out.

Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Jan 13, 2007 10:48 pm Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2006

Via American Basin and Southwest Slope  Sucess!

The drive to the trailhead is as scenic as the hike itself. This was our 13th Fourteener in Colorado Rockies, but everything went well.
The slideshow from our adventure is here: Handies Peak hike


eferesen - Dec 29, 2006 8:58 pm Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2006

Handies  Sucess!

Started hiking around 11k. Went over a 13k pass descended down and then up Handies trail. It was a fun hike. Nothing compared to mount Whitney. Cloudy all day. Saw an 82 yr old about 30 meters from the summit. I wish I can do that when I am 80.


boisedoc - Dec 17, 2006 5:05 pm Date Climbed: Sep 7, 1995

pretty area  Sucess!

very scenic, not very interesting climbing


chicagotransplant - Oct 9, 2006 2:28 pm Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2006

Grizzly Gulch - NE Ridge  Sucess!

Hiked up the basin with shanahan96, he then headed over to Whitecross while I went up Handies. Stayed on or near the ridge crest from the Whitecross saddle, some interesting scrambling here. In combination with the knee deep snow some parts were very interesting. I descended the standard route which went really fast in the snow but would have been a real slog going up.


ChuckO - Oct 3, 2006 6:40 pm

American Basin  Sucess!

Wonderfully beautiful. About as easy as a 14'er can get. Trail run in a bit over an hour (if memory serves).


Asphazell - Sep 30, 2006 10:02 pm Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2006

Grizzly Gulch - Handies & 13,795  Sucess!

Beautiful mountain, great scenery, and got a Bi-Centennial as well! Definitely a good work out tagging UN 13,795 as well!

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