Page Type Page Type: Trip Report
Location Lat/Lon: 40.15840°N / 105.69596°W
Additional Information GPX File: Download GPX » View Route on Map
Date Date Climbed/Hiked: Aug 15, 2016
Activities Activities: Mountaineering
Seasons Season: Summer


The 12395 ft (3778 m) Hiamovi Mountain sits to the east of Lake Granby in the Indian Peaks Wilderness just south of the boundaries of Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park. The eastern slopes of Hiamovi are steep rising abruptly above Hell Canyon. Its western slopes, in contrast, are gentle. A trail starts near Lake Granby and goes to a broad 11180 ft saddle between Hiamovi and Mount Irving Hale before descending into Hell Canyon. I followed the trail to the saddle where I left the trail and hiked up the gentle slopes to reach the summit of Hiamovi. Those beautiful slopes provided me with great views of jagged peaks to the east. Lake Granby, however, was only visible near trailhead.

On my way up the mountain, I did not see any other hikers. On the way down, I saw a father and son hiking up the trail to camp in Upper Hell Canyon.

Hike Statistics

All distances are per my GPS.

Roaring Fork Trailhead
8300 ft
zero miles
Trail Split
9820 ft
2.60 miles
11180 ft
1.40 miles
12395 ft
1.70 miles
Total One Way
5.70 miles

Trip Report

Monday August 15, 2016

Left the condo we had rented at Ski Granby at 6:00 a.m. Sunrise was at around 6:20 a.m. Drove north on Route 40 to 34. At lake Granby, turned east onto Road 6, payed the entrance fee and followed the road on the southern shoreline of Lake Granby to its eastern end until I reached Roaring Fork Trailhead. Many people had camped in the nearby campground but no one was at the trailhead.

Started my hike at 6:45 a.m. I was in the shade and remained in the shade for the next couple of hours. It was 38 degrees F at the trailhead and elevation was 8300 ft. The trail began to make switchback going up a slope steeply.

On the switchbacks near trailhead

As I quickly gained elevation, Lake Granby came to view below me.

Granby LakeLake Granby

After only one mile, I was up to 9150 ft where I reached a foot bridge over the Roaring Fork of Arapaho Creek. There were some nice tall pine trees there. Lake Granby could no longer be seen.

First foot bridgeFirst foot bridge

For the next 1.5 miles, the trail followed the creek gently uphill at the bottom of a valley. Rapids/small waterfalls could be seen from the trail. I was glad to see that unlike many other places in Colorado where entire forests of pine had died as a result of infestation, the trees in that area had not been affected.

From the trail
From the trail

After crossing a couple of side creeks, the trail reached a foot bridge that took me back to the south side of the creek. A few hundred feet later, I reached a signed junction. Left went to Watanga Lakes. I turned right continuing up Roaring Fork trail. The trail went into a pine forest and began to go up very steeply. At around 10850 ft, openings began to appear in the forest. I was then mostly in the sun.

Steep trail in the forest
Meadow in the forestMeadow

At 9:20 a.m. I reached a beautiful broad saddle at 11180 ft. To the northeast, I saw a high point which I assumed to be the summit of Hiamovi (later I found out it was the false summit). Jagged peaks came to view to the east. I knew that the trail would start to go down on the other side of the saddle to reach Stone Lake in the upper parts of Hell Canyon. I left trail and began to hike up the beautiful grassy slopes toward the summit of Hiamovi.

False summit of HiamoviFalse summit of Hiamovi
Probably Apache PeakLooking east

After going up a rock and grass covered slope, I reached a fairly flat area at around 11500 ft. What I thought was the summit of Hiamovi was now in good view.

False summit of Hiamovi
False summit of HiamoviFalse summit

Watanga Mountain could be seen to the north and Mt. Irving hale to the south. I did not take any pictures of Irving hale until I reached the summit.

Watanga MountainWatanga Mountain

Kept walking on the flat area toward Hiamovi. As I went, the land became more sloped and more boulders appeared.

At the base of the false summit of HiamoviBase of the false summit

By around 11900 ft of elevation, I was going up fairly steep slopes covered with boulders.

Boulder field
Boulder field

Just when I reached the top boulder, which I assumed to be the summit of Hiamovi, I saw that I was at only 12200 ft and the true summit was still a short distance away.

True summit from the false summitTrue summit from false summit

The 12200 ft Hiamovi Tower came to view.

Hiamovi TowerHiamovi Tower

Reached the summit at 10:50 a.m. The views were spectacular. I took pictures, ate my lunch and enjoyed the solitude at that magnificent spot. Found a summit registry that someone had left there in October of 2015. Since then, two people had signed it in July 2016 and another person in August.

Watanga Mountain and Twin PeaksWatanga Mountain & Twin Peaks
Point 12324 ftPoint 12324 ft
Isolation PeakIsolation Peak
Longs PeakLongs Peak
Points 13049 ft & 12945 ft of Ogalalla PeakOgalalla Peak (Points 13049 ft & 12945 ft)
Hiamovi TowerHiamovi Tower
Mount Irving HaleMt. Irving Hale
Arapaho, Apache, Thunderbolt PeaksArapaho, Apache, Thunderbolt Peaks
Pawnee, Paiute, Marten Peaks, Mt. TollPawnee, Paiute, Marten Peaks
Point 12324 ftPoint 12324 ft

Left at 11:25 a.m. Once in the boulder field, I noted a lake not far below.


Mt. Irving Hale to the south and the jagged peaks to the east.

Looking eastLooking east
Looking eastLooking east

Mt. Irving HaleMount Irving Hale

Reached the saddle and began to hike down the trail in the steep forest. I came across a father and son who were hiking up the trail to camp at Stone Lake at the end of the trail. Those were the only other hikers I saw all day.

Trail below the 11180 ft saddle

Near the bridge over the creek.

Near junction with Watanga Lake Trail
Near junction with Watanga Lake Trail

Near junction with Watanga Lake Trail

Back on the trail along the creek.

From the trail
From the trail

Views of Lake Granby again.

Granby LakeGranby lake
Granby LakeGranby lake

From trailhead.

Slopes above trailhead

Reached my car at 3:00 p.m. It became cloudy and very windy. Driving back on Road 6, Lake Granby appeared wavy.

Wavy Granby LakeGranby Lake


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