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!
Nice easy hike.
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!
Very nice hike, Dog had a fantastic time playing in the lake. Wildflowers were in full bloom and the views were fantastic.
with the wifey...
Took advantage of the lack of snow and had a great day for the beginning of November.
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.
Took the American Basin route so my wife could come along. My 54th 14er, my daughter's 53rd. Gorgeous day, absolutely incredible views.
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!
After being turned away last year by lightening at 13,600' I was anxious to conquer this litte bitch.. Via GG
Beautiful afternoon hike. I started at 2pm and had the summit all to myself with gorgeous clouds, lighting and conditions.
Standard route from Amer. Basin
Hiked up with Sean and Johnny.
Approached from Grouse Gulch. Got a summit ski descent all the way back to the truck.