After sumitting Tanima, Ben, Andrea, and I made our way through thick clouds over to Alice. Easy hike up from Boulder-Grand Pass, but too many clouds for any good views. Still, beautiful morning!
Summitted Alice on a backpacking trip to Thunder Lake. We left camp at 4:40 am and climbed up Boulder-Grand Pass. Once on the pass at 6:10 morning clouds rolled in, obscuring our entire ascents of Tanima and Mount Alice. Luckily the clouds broke as we were descending Alice around 8:30. The hourglass ridge traverse was listed as Class 3 but felt closer to hard class 2. After reaching the saddle, we summitted Chiefs Head. This was definitely one of the best views in the park. Absolutely stunning views of Longs Peak, Wild Basin, Glacier Gorge, and the far northern and western reaches of the park. We decided to make it a loop and descended down the Lion Lake basin. Luckily, on our glissade down the ice shelf that deposits into Snowbank Lake, we stuck to the right and avoided a potential 25 foot plunge off the ice shelf into the lake. These lakes are probably some of the prettiest in the park.
Climbed a snow route up the NE bowl and joined the Hourglass. Intent was Rabbit Hole, but it was in bad shape, a black runnel ran down most of it and we decided it was not in the condition we were looking for. Traversed to Tanima and out via Thunder Lake. With Scot.
Third real attempt. Up Boulder-Grand Pass and down the Hourglass this time around. A beautiful route with plenty of solitude.
Hourglass Ridge with a descent to the steep, bouldery south east. Done in a day from Wild Basin. I agree with Kane. The route feels 2+.
Up the ridge then onto Chiefshead. A fine scramble!
Camped solo at Siskin campsite, rounded through Lion Lakes and Snowbank Lake. Gorgeous views and a great enjoyable hike overall. Up Alice, over to Pilot, and descended Boulder Grand Pass. Boulder Grand Pass was snow covered and I wished I had crampons as glissading down could have gotten out of control in a hurry. I hugged the eastside all the way down.
Met two guys at Thunder Lake - they were the only people I saw all day.
All in all, it was a fantastic trip that I would love to take some friends through. Camping the day before afforded me a hike to Ouzel and Bluebird Lake. Hit Ouzel Falls on the way out, as I took the unimproved trail in. There is a trail to get atop Ouzel Falls on the east side.
*Above Snowbank Lake there are a couple drainages to filter water before ascending Alice.
With McHenrys & Chiefs Head.
A quiet day by myself with one of my favorite mountains in The Park.
Climbed the interesting Rabbit Hole Couloir (aka S Couloir) on the northeast face. Descended Hourglass Ridge. Long day but well worth it.
Enjoyable hike with SP'er brenta. Lion Lakes area is spectacular and deserves return visits. Agree with others that Hourglass ascent route is easier and less exposed than some guidebooks suggest. Boulder-Grand Pass descent is tedious loose scree, but not very long. Took us exactly 12 hours car-to-car. Great day.
Hiked up to Thunder Lake and set up camp. The next morning hiked up past Lake of Many Winds to the Boulder-Grand Pass. Then headed up the relatively gentle southern slopes. After saying hello to some marmots at the summit, headed down the steep northern face and headed across the Hourglass Ridge. Eat lunch in the saddle between Alice and Chiefs Head. Shared the saddle with 6 male Bighorn Sheep. Had planned on doing Chiefs Head as well but the weather wasn't cooperating. So headed down the ridge towards Lion Lakes, but instead of returning to Thunder Lakes via the established trails we headed to the small unnamed lake above Fan Falls, which by the way is quite beautiful. Thought about heading down beside the falls but way too difficult, so we headed down the gully just to the west and then brushcrashed back to Thunder Lake. Hiked out the following day.
The most incredible hike I ever did. The Lion Lakes were incredible. This trip took quite a few hours as it is a lot of miles but will never be forgotten
Hiked both peaks after a camp at the North Saint Vrain backcountry campsite. This was one of the most beautiful hikes of my life, passing by two waterfalls (Trio Falls and Fan Falls) and four lakes (Lion Lake Number 1, Lion Lake Number 2, Snowbank Lake, and unnamed lake above Fan Falls).
Combined with East Ridge of Tanima; climbed from the Pass and descended via Southeast Slopes.
Hourglass section is a walk. Definitely a nice area, but the climb is not as exciting/exposed as it is described. North face is a fun huff-and-puff scurry. Running shoes were ideal, the trail is far too long to lug along solid boots. 9.5 hours.
A nice training run in a beautiful setting. Agree that the standard route up the hourglass has little class 3, though some can be found on the extreme right of the ridge. Boulder grand pass has a snow free passage down it, no gear required.
Huge mountain. Combines well with Chiefs Head. Hourglass isn't much a a 3rd class climb, more like a class 2+. A little messier than I anticipated too. Great Mountain.
The best peak in the wild basin area. Lots of lakes en route. Pretty long day.