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.
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.
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.
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?!
Most of us were hung over. Good thing it was fun and easy!
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/
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.
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!
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!!
Beautiful hike with Mary. We saw a ptarmigan with chicks on the way down.
#1 7-3-15. With good friends this hike made warm memories. Chilly winds above 13,600'. Tolle Gesellschaft!
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!
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.
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.
Three peaks in one day!
Short hike, killer views!
Climbed from Grizzly Gulch (beautiful route), thick fog in the low valley and clear, sunny conditions higher up made it even better!