This was a nice easy hike from American Basin. Surprised at all the snow in September.
Just a great all around hike/climb. Views were exceptional.
Awesome father's day jaunt with the old man.
with wild flowers everywhere
Done along with 5 other 14ers during a week long backpacking trip in the San Juans. Did the standard route. Beautiful hike!
I've done it from American Basin, too. Fun quick hike.
Short-sleeved t-shirts on top - perfect day from Grizzly Gulch.
Wanted to tackle a 14er for the weekend, decided Handies was close and accessible. No snow or inclement weather, no wind, temps in the sixties+. When NOAA idnicates weather like this - don't feel discouraged about late starts. Started at 12:45 or thereabouts, summited about 3:30PM, back at Jeep @ 5:15PM. What took me 1.5 hours from lake fork area only took me 30 minutes back, was back at American Basin Parking area in about 1hr and 15 minutes. If you haven't traveled Alpine Loop before from Silverton, do be prepared with a high clearance 4X4 vehicle with skid plates + AT tires! I've taken my Grand Cherokee and Commander thru this area, no problems but if you don't have skid plates and AT tires you risk sidewall punctures and oil pan punctures. Info online is lacking coming from Silverton - my simple notes is 5.9 miles from Animas Forks, basicly up over the pass and down and right at botton of Cinnamon Pass is the turn to American Basin and the trail head.
In Colorado, September can be summer, September can be winter, and...if we're lucky...September just acts like September. Warm, crisp, clear, sunny days...not too hot, not too cold. No snow, no thunderstorms. We slept until 7:30 AM, ate a big b'fast, left the Bed & Breakfast at 10:00 and didn't reach the trailhead 'til 11:00. I love this time of year...when it behaves like September.
Enjoyed watching the sunrise from Handies summit to end my 2010 trip to Colorado. Hiked in from American Basin.
Beautiful approach. The summit lived up to its reputation--amazing!
With Arien, Tom and Ben, we topped out from grizzly gulch trailhead. Nice approach made for a great advance with a summit finish that leaves you elevated for days afterward.
Headed up early in time for sunrise from Grizzly Gulch. A bit of a long time in the dark but made for a great day!
This was the last peak in the area after climbing Uncompahgre/Wetterhorn and Redcloud/Sunshine the previous two days. It was a perfect day for climbing, sunny skies and no wind going up the normal route in 3 hours. I had the summit to myself the whole 30 minutes I was there. This one has the best views of the 5 local 14ers. Made it down in 1:10.
Meetup.com Fierce Planet hike. We climbed Uncompahgre the day before, then camped at Grizzly Gulch. This one was a lot tougher, but the weather was almost perfect, and the views are even better than Uncompahgre. The views of Uncompahgre and The Wetterhorn are amazing! We had planned to continue along the ridge and knock off a few unnamed 13ers, but it looked a little dodgy, so we returned the way we came. The next day, we would finish off the weekend by climbing Redcloud & Sunshine.
I watched the US beat Algeria and then drove to American Basin. My noon start was the latest on any 14er. Absolutely no clouds at ALL. Two hours up.
One of - if not the - most beautiful 14er hike (from Silver Creek/Grizzly Gulch).
with my mom and our dog.
Lots of wild flowers.
My first time guiding a group in the mountains...a great trail and a great day.