Started from the highline trail, walked through the burn scar from the Murdock fire. There wasn't much left in that area, just dead trunks and soot. Went up next to Blue Lake and rolled up the ridge, saw tons of goats on the way back down. The mosquitoes were out in force, I probably got at least 50 on the day
Hiked up Agassiz from Hayden Pass. From Agassiz did the fun traverse over to Hayden. A few tricky sections to negotiate on the ridge, but not too bad. Great day getting two 12er's in the Uintas.
Climbed as part of backpacking class at Snow College. Camped in Naturalist Basin at Jordan Lake and did this a quick day hike. Closest I've ever been to a mountain goat!
Traversed the ridge after Hayden. Lots of small-large Uinta boulder hoping along the ridge before pausing at the saddle for the rain clear out. Scrambled to the top pretty quickly for fear of more rain on its way but was greeted by blue skies at the top. There were hundreds of sheep in the basin and there baaahs echoed throughout the ridge and summits. Really fun day.
From Highline trail to the south ridge. Perfect day had the cloud cover the whole way to the south ridge. Sun came out for the summit. Then enjoyed a sunset through the trees on the way out. Started around 2 pm and finished around 6 pm. Was a perfect day for this one. Loved the views of Hayden, Kletting and A1 from the summit of this guy. What a way to spend a Sunday.
First climbed up Hayden, then traversed the ridge to East Hayden. Descended into the basin and across to Agassiz before returning to the car. RT was a little more than 8 hours.
Climbed on a beautiful fall day- the valleys below were ablaze with turning aspens.
The ridgeline connecting these two peaks is worth the hike all on its own!
One of the easiest 12000 footers around. Took Highline Trail and then south ridge.
A long traverse from Spread Eagle Peak. Descended the south ridge, then made a cross country traverse back to Scudder Lake and the Highline Trail. Didn't see anyone until near Scudder Lake.
Climbed a number of years ago by cutting of the trail near Scudder Lake. I enjoyed going cross country through the forest and meadows almost as much as summiting the peak. I would love to go back soon and do the trip over to Hayden Peak at the same time.
The approach from Hayden Pass is by far prefered, the two "notches" encountered provide both interesting solid scrambling and a perfect framing for the lakes below with Spread Eagle in the background. After ascending we descended to the saddle to the west and then down to the forest to hook up with the highline trail without much difficulty, a great climb with good weather.
Turned off the Highline trail and hiked directly up the ridge. On the way down, turned off the ridge and descended a gully to Naturalist Basin, stopped by Blue Lake, and came around back out the Highline trail. Went with the people who three days prior had become my parents-in-law. Nice peak; it is actually my first 12,000-er (the first of hopefully many higher ones to come, but most of my experience is in the Wasatch). A month previous, I had gotten engaged in the basin on the other side, amidst great views of snow filling the gullies between the cliffs that form its eastern (as far as I remember) flanks.
I have been up this peak from Christmas Meadows several times, but in August, 2004, I did a loop run from the Highline TH, going to Naturalist Basin, ascending the ridge to Spread Eagle and then running down the ridge to Agassiz. From Agassiz I descended NW and reconnected with the Highlind Trail somewhere near Scudder Lake. I tried to repeat August 2006 but was chased off the ridge by hail and lightning.
This hike was a lot more difficult than anticipated. With only ~ 2,200' of elevation I thought it would be a walk in the park. But don't let it fool you, this is one steep hike that I found very challenging. But it is also a very awesome mountain to summit. Go early to avoid storms, you're above tree line for a long time.
First peak with no real trail. Great secluded peak in the High Uintas that is easy to get to.
Near 0 degree temps along the ridgeline, had the place to myself. Found the ridgeline to be very interesting with the addition of the down climbing section.