100 degrees on the plains, but long-sleeve weather on the top at 8 a.m. Short-cutting the snow bowl on the E didn't save much time, was too tame for a glissade, but was refreshing to try anyhow. My fiancee was wearing slicker pants than I and could slide all the way to the bottom drainage.
Traversed the ridge from Paiute to Audubon. Lamentably, only the Crooked Couloir was still in otherwise we would've climbed Audubon first. Pretty sad that all the snow if basically gone in mid June.
I made it from the entrance gate to Brainard Lake without snowshoes. I used snowshoes to get several hundred feet above treeline. Once above treeline the snow was consolidated. Departed Winter TH at 7:30am, Summited at 12:17pm, Back at TH 2:59pm.
A great first mountain. Took my daughter and nephew. Started them on what I hope to be a lifelong hobby.
A good ridge climb. Completed solo which is not recommended I guess. The "notch" area is definitely beyond class 3 in April. Prob class 4 in summer too. But all went well. Had some clouds over the divide blocking most views. Snowshoes used below treeline in afternoon. Wanted Paiute Pk. too but had no visibility to do so... finished with "Not-ubon", descended E slopes.
Went for standard route and diverted to SE ridge last minute because it looked a lot more interesting! "it almost feels like we should have a rope for this..." Consulting Roach's guide it is 4th class, however briefly. Recommended.
nice hike, pretty cold
Turned around on our first attempt due to high (and cold!) wind. Successful on our second attempt but still quite windy.
Got blown off the mountain on the 9th. The 2nd attempt on the 17th was still windy, but we made it!
Beautiful day for a nice long scramble. Not too much snow - no crampons or axe. Warm and little wind!
Descend past Blue Lake
Great trip in the first snow of the year. We went up the east slope, just north of the big bowl. Great sunny day in the new snow!
Summitted this with two friends on July 4th. It was my first 13er at that date. We had decent weather, but as we were on top, a cloud closed in on us, and we had to get out of there. It started to thunder/lightning/hail on us about the time we made it to tree line.
It was a beautiful hike with wildflowers in full bloom. There was a crowd at the summit and along the trail. While decending, we encounterd woman accending, carrying her little "foo foo" dog that couldn't handle the trail (I doubt that she made it to the summit with the talus). Overall, a nice hike.
pksander, CharlesD and I did this as a trail run today, in preparation for the Pikes Peak Marathon. It was a really beautiful day. Reached the summit in about 1hr 20min (Peter was faster... he's on form!). No snow at all. Headed over to Pauite, then down into Blue Lakes. Great loop.
nice hike up a long ass trail.
Had to wait out some weather half-way up and was only able to spend a couple minutes on the summit. Glad to meet Barry on the hike! Here's to lots of great hikes in the future.
This is a great walk up. A lot of bang for the buck.
This was when you could camp without permits. We camped on the south east shoulder. The next day we scrambled up to the top and then traversed to the saddle between Audubon and Paiute. Some of our group decended to camp from the saddle. I went on with a friend to Paiute.
Total ascents = 2. Second time from Buchanan Pass via Paiute Peak.