Weather forecast was not good so we found this relatively short hike/scramble up to Little Pawnee Peak. Took about two hours to summit. There is some fun class 3 scrambling near the summit. Crux is a down climb into a notch right before the summit. Good option when you don't have much time. About 6.5 miles RT with 2100 feet of gain.
Indian peaks wilderness is one of the most beautiful areas in Colorado, finally I'm finish with all peaks on east side of the park, next goal, west side peaks.
Great views, great exposure, great memories!
Climbed East Ridge as part of traverse to Pawnee and Toll. Stormed off Paiute. Fantastic traverse to Pawnee!
What a great scramble. The register gives the impression the peak is lonely compared to it's neighbors. Ridge to Pawnee was cool and a little tricky. Initial down off summit would go a 5.0 if you were short IMO. We cleaned up all the old rappel anchors and carried them down. Rest of ridge was lots of traversing around towers on not always quality rock. Combined with Pawnee, Toll and Shoshone. Great route in the IPW!!!
edit: Looking back at route photos. We did not downclimb the easier route. We downclimbed the rappel route. Oops!
...Pawnee and Shoshoni Peaks.
Good scramble in very scenic area
This obscure snow climb up Little Pawnee's north face described in Roach's book was rather short but a lot of fun. It would have been in better condition a few weeks earlier though. From Little Pawnee we traversed to Pawnee Peak and then finished up with a short snow climb up Mt. Toll.
Biked in from the gate and hiked up the east ridge. Weather was windy, overcast and snowy all day. The few inches that fell during the day made the traverse interesting, but was doable. Just had to be very careful on some of the north facing ledge traverses. A little more snow and this will be one tough route. One of my favorite climbs. No views all day!
Climbed enroute to Pawnee and Shoshoni with my wife. Saw about 50 elk at treeline. Lots of solitude and great scrambling.
Fun little jaunt up the East Ridge with pksander, Josh, Wayne, and Todd. We dropped into one of the north couloirs to get out of the lightning but it was quite loose and very slow going. I'd avoid it if it's snow-free :-)
Climbed with Chris Gerber, Josh Turpen, and visiting friends Wayne and Todd. Great trip, though not without event. Snow and lightning leaving the summit convinced us to attempt a quick descent via a north facing gulley. It was not quick. It was, as we say, epic.
Climbed Little Pawnee as part of my challenge to cover the whole ridge from Audubon, Paiute, Toll, Pawnee, and Little Pawnee in a day. Was a great trip (see my tripreport for more information). The climb along the East Ridge from Pawnee was the toughest part of the whole trip (harder and way more exposed than Toll's North Ridge). My goal was to stay as close to the top of the ridge as possible, leading to several class 4 ledges and a class 5 section which caused me to backtrack part of the way. By dropping further below the ridge's crest one can find a much easier route. I believe (hope) that this is the Class 3 route that Roach mentions in his book. -- Had a great time and would do it again. (I will add a route asap).
EMS windstopper gloves - $19.99; Fleece face mask to shield the wind - $16; Absolute Solitude in the IPW - Priceless! I saw not a single sole until within a mile of the trailhead on my way back. Many thanks to Kane for his tip on riding a bike in. 35 min ride from gate to TH & about 8 min ride going the other direction! It's also an awesome cardio warm-up before your hike. Just a little over 2 hrs from Long Lake TH to summit (Trip Report forthcoming).
After attaining Little Pawnee Peak's summmit all I need is Mount Audubon to complete all of the major summits in the Brainard Lake area.
The east ridge is a perfect choice if your looking for a short and direct class 3 climb. Expect solitude as well, maybe 10 people a year visit this summmit.