There was no more logjam where the bridge is permanently destroyed, so the crux was fording thigh-deep Vallecito Creek early in the morning. Johnson Creek is worth visiting, though it's probably faster to climb via Hazel Lake than continue all the way to just before Columbine Pass. Trip report.
Accompanied Kiefer and a climbing party of beautiful people to the snowy summit of this lovely peak. Cold morning in Chicago Basin! Really enjoyed the previous day's traverse out of Ruby Basin to Ruby Pass - quick summit of peak 12 - then over Twin Thumbs Pass.
Hiked with my GF Sarah Simon, Britt Jones, Jim Yaich, Kevin & Sarah Pollach, Greg Gorrell & Jon Froshug. We said goodbye to our dear friend, Steve Gladbach as we released his ashes on a very chilly early fall morning with fresh snow covering everything.
A bit of a trudge up the grassy slope, some moderate excitement on the short ridge crest and a tear-full farewell.
Not a terribly exciting mountain but definitely great views south towards Hazel Lake, Grizzly Peak and of course, the Twin Lakes Cirque.
Super short, but a lot of fun. The mountain is in much better shape than its neighboring 14ers. Don't know why anyone would skip this one.
Woke up to rain, waited an hour and left camp. Turned out to be a beautiful day with amazing wildflowers. Celebrated a friend's 60th BD back at camp with cheesecake!
Hiked in from Purgatory, stayed over for 5 days, climbed all 14ers in the area and then Jupiter, the same day I hiked out to Purgatory.
Hiked up in the morning with Duchess, and then walked back to Purgatory Flats Trailhead.
Climbed in the morning and ran down to meet the train
Overcast and rainy starting at 6am. Not much of a view but nice little route.
My gosh, the wildflowers on this route were amazing. At times I felt like Heidi, walking through all of the bright colors. Didn't like getting mugged by goats during a break, but otherwise really enjoyed this peak. I was pleasantly surprised by the nice (if occasionally loose) summit scrambling!
Climbed Jupiter Mountain via southwest ridge/slopes before heading back to Needleton. Nice hike, fun blocky summit, gorgeous views of San Juans.
A nice hike after doing the "4" fourteeners the day before, it was hell hiking the 16 miles back to my car on 9-8-9..LOL,
This was our last ski day in the Chicago Basin and our last objective, we climbed up and skied the Southwest Slopes. Perfect last ski run and we went all the way down that day to catch the train in the morning.
Added this route. Enjoy.
Solo climbed this in the morning before packing out for the train. It was a wet/foggy morning but the sun came out at 9am when I was back at camp, go figure!
8/12/05 - The standard route is a fun, short, very worthwhile climb from Chicago Basin.
12/25/13 - Casual climb of more or less the standard route on Christmas Day as part of a week long winter trip to Chicago Basin. Extra icing on the cake after cranking through the area's 14ers.
made it from the summit to the trees in about 20 minutes with the motivation of a thunder storm bearing down
This is a quick climb from upper Chicago Basin from the Columbine Pass trail and up the s.w. slopes. Incredible views of the nearby 14ers, with a fun finish.
3 hours roundtrip from camp. Trip Report