Started at the West Mancos trail (Sharkstooth trail head), left the trail after 0.9 miles and hiked through the bushes to the talus field. There is a good climbers trail on the left but it's a little hard to spot. Trended southwest to gain the ridge using a grassy slope that leads to a flat area on the ridge. Headed up the ridge from there. Tried to stick to the ridge proper to find some interesting scrambling. There are a few short sections of scrambling (class 3) but lots of loose rock around. There is an amazing scree ski descent down a black swatch of soft sand/rock that can be seen on skiers right just before a patch of gold rock on the ridge. Using this descent you can lose more than 500 feet in just a few minutes! Good summit views too!
Easier than expected based on the info I found online. Returned to Tomahawk Basin. Trip report.
With Rachael, standard route. Looser on the trail than we expected, beautiful peak to look at it but wasn't as much fun to climb as we had hoped. Found a nice climbers trail in the woods and had very little bushwhacking, it was close to where the trail crossed the creek, look for it near some fallen logs, it really helps!
Went up from the sharkstooth trailhead. The slog through the steep talus was worth it for the view from the ridge.
not too hard, but not really interested in repeating this one - did not like the bushwhack to gain the ridge, lots of talus.
Nice hike from Sharktooth TH, an interesting bushwhack to gain the ridge, still good for Duchess - 14 year old dog.
Nice views and our first peak in La Plata range.
Never seen so many columbines in one place. One field in particular was covered purple. Columbines and other bright flowers bordered the dirt slides and made for a terrific experience. Acres and acres of unstable rocks on a very steep north slope. thanks to whoever forged a good path and put up the helpful cairns on the back side below the summit. All in all, a memorable climb and surprisingly fun climb despite having to crash thru the fallen timber and bushes below, and the steep talus slopes above.
want to go back soon...
Kind of confusing route up to the ridge, would have been better with a GPS. Lovely summit!
First summit. Great climb with Rob
Back on the first mountain I summited. There was enough snow to make for some good climbing.
Great climb! Weather wasn't too bad until we got back to the car. Lots of talus though.
W/ my girlfriend at the time, Alisa O'Riley
While visiting Mesa Verde National Park, we drove out to the trailhead for this peak. She hiked to the pass Sharkstooth Pass while I ventured up the slopes. It was steeper than it looked attaining the ridge. Beautiful weather all day.
Climbed Hesperus via the standard route, then went on to Lavender, Moss, Centennial & Sharkstooth. Great area!
Beautiful climb. I can see Hesperus from my house and have finally climbed it. The weather was great until I regained West Mancos Trail. It hailed from there back. Total time 5.5 hours. Mosquitos were thick in timber around trail.
Me and my Dad hiked this remote peak when i was 12 years old! Good times.
climbed Hesperus along with Lavender via the traverse, not recommended unless you have a high tolerance for loose talus! I left the West Mancos trail a little too early in the dark and had to traverse across a rock glacier to the proper gully. Steep climb. Now somebody needs to figure out which is higher: Hesperus or Lavender?
It was a cloudy day and spent most of the climb in the clouds. To cut a couple of hours off the approach... go right over the talis and make your way up the back slope. Great view at the top though, as always.
Jathan Cantu and buddy, Dan Spare, reached the summit in about 4 hours. Started out at Sharkstooth trailhead, but soon broke trail and headed up the grassy north side of the west ridge. We hiked down the scree/talus slope to make better time on the return. Great 13er! Columbines everywhere!