I had a great afternoon in the mountains. I climbed from the northeast side from FR 353. I parked well north of the seasonal gate closure. That is a rough and rocky 4WD road. If you have a rugged 4WD, you can keep driving and get much closer to the summit. My route was up the east ridge. Roundtrip was 7.8 miles and it took 5 hours total.
The view from the top is amazing.
cold day, on skis.
Skinned up and skied down, snow getting patchy across the flats above the glacier but managed to string it all together still without carrying. Won't last long with the warm week. Windy summit.
I had no one to go hiking with this morning so I settle on something relatively close and quick. It snowed about two inches at elevation last night and there was a nice dusting over the trail up to James Peak. It was never hard to find though. I bundled up for this one and good thing: -1 degree wind chill. BRR! Bancroft and Parry look like fun peaks to nab from the vantage point of James.
With Angela and Carissa from East Portal trailhead. 12th CO county highpoint. 6.5 hours car to car, chill pace.
Ascent in early fall.
Climbed St. Mary's Glacier to James Peak via SE Slopes Route. Left trailhead at 7:30am ($5 for parking) to avoid soft snow in the afternoon. Bare booted up the glacier with gusts up to 35-40mph. Put on snowshoes after about 2 miles. Missed the cairns that mark the trail as it hugs the ravine to the left but keeping right along the ridge works well too. Took 5.5 hours. Awesome weather - sunny, no clouds, all views.
Beautiful day. Lots of people around the lake and glacier but only 4 people on James Peak.
Wow, lots of snow up there still! Ascended the standard St M's route, except we went up through the trees and enjoyed the steeper snowfield on climber's left of the snowfield proper. Ascended much of the way with a cool groups of 4 Czechs and one suffering US guy. Enjoy a short glissade off the summit. A lot of skiers and boarders out this day! Late lunch at Tommy Knockers, of course. With Mikey.
Long day of post hole hell. But still a fun day. http://www.coloradoascents.blogspot.com/2014/12/james-peak.html
Hiked up from the Rollinsville side this time & it was a beautiful approach. More wildflowers than I've ever seen around that area. Great summit hike!
From Saint Mary's Lake.
Snow and some light post-holing, but no biggie and overall a good day. Great weather, temps in 50's, light breeze. Nice cornices on the summit ridge. Lots of skiers.
An awfully brutal day with insane winds. Wasn't all that cold really but the winds made it nigh of impossible to stop for even a quick food break.
Blue skies, hard-slab snow. Thank God this is as easy as they come. Else, with current snow conditions, might have thought twice of going for the summit.
Early season practice
Three times so far. I see this peak almost everyday commuting.
Perfect day! Nice early season dusting of snow on all the surrounding peaks gave it an alpine feel.
Descended through the next valley to the west and passed by the old ski area with its relics of lift huts, terrain park rails and other antiques.
Loved this hike. Still lots of snow and friendly group of marmots at the summit.
Great Hike, and nice views. Parked at James Peak Lake Trail to start the ascent.