Climbed from Bear Lake via Flattop Mtn., Hallett Peak, Otis Peak, Taylor Peak and Powell Peak. Getting across The McHenrys Notch is the best part.
I've had the pleasure of climbing this beautiful peak 5 more times since my first visit.
Mountain Jim that is an impressive feat. Clear across from Flattop to McHenrys. It's great to see someone who has respect for this beautiful peak. To me it seems like it gets overlooked. Everybody is all about Longs Peak. Which is obviously the monarch of the park, but McHenrys is mighty in its own right. Simply gaining Stoneman Pass is an adventure especially with the kind of snow it accumulates. It is much more complicated than say reaching the Keyhole on Longs Peak. The backside of the mountain is fine scrambling and to me was more exciting than on Longs. Plus you're not having to worry about people above you. (Trough) Have you done the arrowhead arete route? It looks exciting.
Fabulous view of Longs Peak. Steep but fun climb from Stone Man Pass. Only 2 other people on the peak other than our group of 4. This is a favorite, no doubt!
Erin and I climbed McHenrys' standard route as part of Roach's Triple Crown route (from his RMNP guide), which includes Chiefs Head and Mount Alice. McHenrys was our 100th Colorado 13er!
Wow the Triple Crown. What a day! I forget what order it goes in...guess whatever you desire. I've been up these peaks but all on seperate occasions. I love the hike past Lion Lakes and Snowbank on up to the Alice-Chiefs saddle. The day we climbed Hourglass Ridge we did it in absolute complete fog, socked in conditions. Chiefs Head ridge we were awed by the views. McHenrys was an epic day which I will never forget in which I nearly bit the dust sliding down a snow slope on the way down from Stoneman Pass. I believe we were on McHenrys a day before you. How was your traverse between Chiefs and McHenrys? I'd sure like to do the Triple Crown someday. I bet that was quite a taxing day physically. Congrats!
Climbed this one with Colonalpyat. Our original plan was to ascend McHenrys via the standard South Face Route but when we got to Stone Man Pass we began entertaining thoughts of ascending the steep southeast ridge. Once we began the climbing didn't stop until we finally reached the summit. This was probably the steepest climb I have been involved with to date. A big thanks to Jim for leading this route, wouldn't have even thought of this route if I were going solo.
Climbed this one with Kane. My first trip to Glacier Gorge and first peak in RMNP. A great introduction to the area! Went up the crack on the west side of Black Lake and made our way up to Stone Man Pass via some loose terrain that's probably worse with snow and ice. Took a right turn at the pass and went up SE ridge to the top. Some steep climbing on that last section. I wouldn't have done it if I was by myself.
One of RMNP's greatest mountains. Stone Man Pass is still worth doing again and again, but I may look for some other routes as well.
The scramble up the crack system Roach mentions to the right (west) of Black Lake is highly recommended. More fun and shorter than the standard hike up the ramp to the east. That is if you find the right crack, I missed it the first time!
Incredible! Beautiful day, no one else on the trail! Perfect!