Climbed with my wife from our camp in Indian Basin.
Camped in Indian Basin. As most comments attest, the ramp to the summit is easy, getting up to the ramp is the rub. I also went clear Indian Pass on the way up; forcing me to travel up a slippery, unstable slope just short of the pass. Came down the correct route about one mile from short of the pass, being much easier. Remarkable views to the glaciers below.
Not difficult climbing, just tricky finding your way up to the ramp. Otherwise, relatively easy from Indian Basin.
Climbed in the afternoon after Freemont. Took a while to find the class 2 ramp to the saddle. The climbing through boulders and talus wasn't that great, but the summit views were. Trip Report
Camped in Titcomb Basin. Took the trail round towards Indian Pass, and followed the standard route up, following a gully to the ridge, some distance before reaching Indian Pass.
Climbed from base camp just below and west of Indian Basin at around 10,700 feet. Had difficulty finding the second class route described in the Kelsey guide. I departed the Indian Basin trail shortly before Indian Pass and angled my way up toward the saddle in the southeast ridge. I really just guessed as an obvious route did not seem apparent to me. This involved a lot of scree interspersed with segments of loose third class rock. Beautiful day, interesting first climb in the Winds.
Climbed in afternoon from camp at 11,200 ft in Indian basin after doing the standard route on Fremont in the morning. Despite the comparable RT stats and easier class rating it felt harder. Tougher routefinding. Took wrong ramp system on way up and ended up off route, 5th class step and hardpan dirt/scree. The grassy ledge system is NOT what you want, its a rocky, rubble filled system to lookers right that is hard to pick out from many angles.
Tired after a 20 mile run, single day drive and backpack to Titcomb lakes and a solo of Gannett during the last 3 days combined with a a little too much campfire whiskey with the girls the night before led to me sleeping in until 10 to "guide" them up this peak. Soft snow made it strenuous, but this way the ladies kept up very well. An earlier start would have prevented much tedious postholing. Still a fun day....those views of Ellingwood tempt me....
Two friends and I attempted this peak on skis just before the millenium. We made it to Mt. Lester after 5 days of hard skiing, difficult routefinding, and crossing a frozen lake. Beautiful area, definitely rugged.
Jackson was a little tougher than anticipated for a class 2 peak. Do not go all the way to Indian Pass. We made that mistake thinking the ridge would be doable. You will have to skirt below it on loose, exposed talus if you go all the way to the pass. The standard route is to leave the trail 1 mile before the pass and ascend a steep rubble filled gully that tops out at a notch on the s.e. ridge. It's an easy stroll from there.
It took us two full days of hiking to reach base camp from Elkhart Park. Joe Johnston and I camped out on a rock free from snow near the base of Jackson Peak in the Indian Basin. There was a NOLS group camped out further below us in the basin. On the hike into the basin we were post-holing constantly. At first light on 7/12/2004 we put on our climbing gear and hiked to the base of Jackson near the saddle. About 200 feet from gaining the saddle we encountered an Ice Colouir with a waterfall falling into a deep cravasse. Assending this 200 ft section was the most technical part of the climb. Upon reaching the saddle we boulder hopped until we reached a snow slope where we were constantly post-holing up to our waist which was very exhusting but we pressed on to reach the summit at about 1:30PM. We spent about an hour on the summit on this perfect mid July day. We glissaded much of the way back down and returned to base camp at Indian Basin around 6:00PM.
I wanted to summit this mountain simply because it is the Mountain bearing my last name.