7.78 miles, 3807', 5:53 roundtrip
Used up half my water before I made the E ridge, so I turned back. Good thing I did, cause I made a mistake retracing my steps, and had some additional bushwhacking back to the trailhead. Kebler/Ohio Pass area had awesome color!
Unique and Amazing. Game trails going in were fine. Finding them on the decent was tedious with a lot of bushwhacking. Steep
The initial climb up the steep couloir is a tad tedious but the fun begins once you reach the ridge, and the views of course are amazing. Finding the talus slide at the base is a bit of a challenge because it's so narrow and the brush is so thick, but otherwise, it's pretty straightforward (at least with GPS).
My Photos & Trip Report
Very challenging but very rewarding climb. Bushwacking to the base was easy once we found a network of excellent game trails. We scrambled up a spectacular granite bowl to the left of the main route. My partner was fairly sketched by the unrelenting steep terrain, so we were a bit too slow. I reached the last false summit, but had to make the hard decision to turn around, since a cloud was blowing in and thunder was rolling around the Beckwiths. Still, an amazing day on a stunning mountain!
Hiked this one with Kane in the afternoon. Explosive Fall colors all around. Pictures and words won't ever do it justice.
Great weather, great company and perfect views made this trip to the West Elks a memorable one. Beware of Cows.