Awesome route! Solo climb, 8hrs trailhead to summit. Stayed up high on the ridge but avoided most of the 5th class. This route is definately not a walkup and should not be underestimated.
The Lake Creek Approach is a relatively easy "walk-up"
Great solo. 4th class. Great, long day out.
Beautiful clear day. Calm at the summit. -- Paul Conte (Eugene, OR)
A beautiful day, with clear sunny skies (and I left my camera in the car!!). Summitted with Spencer the dog, who had quite a bit of trouble with the talus on the descent- I had to help and coax him the whole way down until the rocks turned back to dirt trail, even though it was his 8th 14'er (my 17th, not counting repeats and alternate routes). Class 1's for him in the future, I think.
Started up late on the previous day and was turned back by snow/rain. Summited easily the next day.
Good, but cold climb. Grey and chilly day; heard an avalanche which sounded like it came off Ellingwood ridge while on the way down.....
There was about 12-18 in. of snow at summit, and quite muddy in the valley below.
Nice hike, a little muddy in spots.
5 of us climbed. 4 made the summit. The basin below La Plata on this route is stunning. Fabulous views of Huron and the Three Apostles to the south. Great day, great climb, great friends.
Great first summit of the year! One small section of trail still under snow, but can easily be avoided with some easy boulder hopping. Snow was very firm early in the day, so we went straight up with our Yax Trax.
my first 14er! not in shape for climb. total 7.5 hours. my legs were spaghetti. worth it though great views!
Had to sit out an afternoon storm during this one...even though it was to be expected. Witnessed the most beautiful sunset and alpenglow on the way down. Worth the fear experienced when lightening struck nearby as we were just above treeline.
This hike has some of the best scenery Colorado has to offer. The aspens were arrayed in a golden robe. A jagged peak rises above the end of the valley the trail follows early on. The view of Ellingwood ridge was also great. And they we saw some Mtn. Goats in the distance. The weather was less than ideal, and I considered turning back, but my friend who has been on many 14ers, convinced me to summit. Due to a lack of acclimatization, this hike was actually more difficult for me than Longs Peak.
The PERFECT day for the first summit of the summer. Not a cloud in the sky and barely a breeze on the summit. Loved this hike!
Beautiful peak, one of my favorites.
left around 4:45am with partner fritzsperry, the hike was great and it is constant climbing. we reached the summit and meet alot of great people. around noon we skied the north face and bushwhacked out. long day, back at the car around 4pm. snow was great, 2-4" inch of slush on nice firm base. in some of the couloirs we even hit really firm almost ice. lots of snow still out there.
Great day for climbing. Great weather and beautiful scenery. Great fun.