Handies Peak Climber's Log

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ajberry

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

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

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

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

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.

Fletch

Fletch - Dec 28, 2012 3:41 pm Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2011

Nice day out...  Sucess!

with the wifey...

I like it on top

I like it on top - Nov 5, 2012 8:22 am Date Climbed: Nov 4, 2012

American Basin  Sucess!

Took advantage of the lack of snow and had a great day for the beginning of November.

milan - Oct 18, 2012 6:34 pm Date Climbed: Sep 27, 2009

Weekend in San Juans  Sucess!

There was awesome weather in Boulder and I was working on Saturday. At one moment, I looked out, smelled the autumn air and could not resist. I took my car, bought food, put my gear in and drove to Grizzly Gulch. The beauty was breathtaking, all aspens were golden.

cftbq

cftbq - Sep 17, 2012 4:05 pm Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2012

An easy one for last  Sucess!

Took the American Basin route so my wife could come along. My 54th 14er, my daughter's 53rd. Gorgeous day, absolutely incredible views.

Alex Wood

Alex Wood - Aug 12, 2012 1:59 am Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2012

American Basin Adventure  Sucess!

Left Flagstaff at 6pm to do this. We got into Silverton around 1:45am Colorado time. We went up the wrong 110 due to a lack of map and went up to Hurricane Pass (yikes!!). Finally got up to Cinnamon Pass and to the American Basin TH by 4:15am and then just decided to go for the summit at that point. Got to the top by 6:30am and took a nap with sleeping bags in the grassy summit till 10am. The road to American Basin from Silverton is gnarly and require 4wd. We used it mulitple times. Pretty area!

Hyadventure

Hyadventure - Jul 18, 2012 10:36 pm Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2012

Triumph at Last..   Sucess!

After being turned away last year by lightening at 13,600' I was anxious to conquer this litte bitch.. Via GG

Matt Lemke

Matt Lemke - Jun 15, 2012 12:02 pm Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2012

From Grizzly Gulch  Sucess!

Beautiful afternoon hike. I started at 2pm and had the summit all to myself with gorgeous clouds, lighting and conditions.

alpine345

alpine345 - May 17, 2012 5:21 pm Date Climbed: Aug 19, 1993

with Becky  Sucess!

Standard route from Amer. Basin

vsand55

vsand55 - May 11, 2012 9:24 am Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2011

Easy  Sucess!

Hiked up with Sean and Johnny.

letourneau41 - May 8, 2012 1:48 pm Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2000

Handies  Sucess!

1st 14er

billscherz

billscherz - Apr 26, 2012 8:55 am Date Climbed: Apr 21, 2012

Spring Skiing  Sucess!

Approached from Grouse Gulch. Got a summit ski descent all the way back to the truck.

Trailboss88

Trailboss88 - Feb 27, 2012 4:49 pm Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2011

via American Basin  Sucess!

After making it to the creek crossing near the TH with some careful driving in my compact, I hiked up the easy trail to the summit. A cold storm was approaching from the south and I got snowed on about halfway down. Saw ptarmigan along the trail.

SarahThompson

SarahThompson - Jan 2, 2012 9:45 pm Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2005

4x  Sucess!

7/3/05 - East Ridge from Grizzly Gulch

11/3/07 - From Boulder Gulch. Climbed with two neighboring 13ers to the east (13,795 and "Campbell Creek Peak").

12/29/11 - Winter ascent of south ridge via Boulder Gulch from Cataract Gulch TH (winter closure).

1/24/15 - Winter ascent up Boulder Gulch again, this time via east ridge in slightly drier conditions. Traversed to UN 13,795 afterwards.

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