Lookout - A name or a warning?

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Colorado, United States, North America
Date Climbed/Hiked:
Sep 12, 2008
Hiking, Scrambling
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Lookout - A name or a warning?
Created On: Sep 17, 2008
Last Edited On: Sep 17, 2008

Trailhead & Approach

We climbed Lookout Peak (13,661') via the South Ridge route. This trailhead starts approximately 0.2 miles east of Ophir Pass. There was a fresh accumulation of up to 6 inches of snow on this climb. The ascent is up the obvious scree gully on the left:
Ascending the scree gully below Lookout PeakScree gully ascent.

Climb & Summit

After topping out above the gully, the route heads south along the ridge. Although we didn't know it at the time, you can keep this climb at class 2+, but we were pleasantly surprised to find a short 5th class section:
South ridge 5th class5th class spurt.

More fun scrambling awaits along the south ridge:
South ridge scrambleRidge scramble.

From the summit, Columbine Lake glistens below:
Columbine LakeColumbine Lake.

Descent & Climbing Notes

The descent was much easier than I thought it'd be on the way up. The scree was soft allowing quick and solid heel steps. The snow was firm enough to heel step as well. Here is a shot on the descent in the main gully.
Lookout Peak descentGully descent

The round trip took about 3 hours car-to-car.

This route was a nice surprise. Although the initial scree gully was tedious, the route along the ridge was quite enjoyable. During the ascent of the scree gully, I was sure this peak's name was a sharp warning, but upon achieving the summit, it's clear this peak is aptly named for its panoramic views, including U.S. Grant and the Vermillion group, the Grenadiers, Lizard Head, the Wilson group, the Sneffels range, Uncompaghre/Wetterhorn, and Coxcomb/Redcliff.


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scotthsu - Sep 18, 2008 11:25 am - Voted 10/10

nice excursion

This is a nice excursion if you don't have a full day's time, and you get a nice high start (~11700') from just east of Ophir Pass. The scree gully is unpleasant but the south ridge scrambling is very nice. And the views from the top are well worth it!

Matthew Van Horn

Matthew Van Horn - Sep 18, 2008 5:51 pm - Hasn't voted


pretty sweet!

John Kirk

John Kirk - Sep 30, 2008 10:00 pm - Voted 10/10


Thanks for attaching your TR.

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