I almost decided to turn around a few times because the winds were so high (almost 70 mph according to someone taking measurements). I reached the summit in the late afternoon with my dog, and the views were great. Passed a family with a baby while I was headed back down...hope they decided to turn back for the kid's sake.
I hiked from Mitchell Lake Trailhead/Beaver Creek Trailhead to the summit of Mt. Audubon. Passed a few people that summited on the way up, but most out that day decided to turn around. The slope from the saddle to the summit was snowy, in some cases knee deep between rocks, and icy - glad I had ski poles (some hikers actually had ice axes). Sustained winds of 47mph up top with gusts of 67mph - wind chill putting temps down into 10s. Beautiful view!
in spite of a biting, cold wind above treeline. Hiked the standard trail. Encountered very few folks on a Wednesday in September. Impressive size and number of rock shelters on the summit!
Climbed Mount Audubon from Brainard Lake Trailhead. Awesome views of Longs Peak, Meeker and Pagoda from the trail, as well of Paiute, Toll, Pawnee and Navajo Peaks from the summit.
I hit Naudubon "Notabon" (12,706 ft / 3,873 mt) on the way back to the trailhead since it was right there.
Got a late start so only got this one peak in, but the weather held beautifully. Many very friendly folks on this peak!
Audubon to Paiute Peak traverse took only 35 minutes.
4th of July hike. I started around 6:30AM (Mitchell Lake parking lot was nearly empty), reached the summit at 8:30, took a short break, then headed over to Paiute.
Beautiful day on the SE ridge of Mt. Audubon. The ridge has a great position. I only wish the class 3 section had been longer -- great fun!
Nice 13er. Perfect day. Parking was a ways from the trailhead. Pictures: http://durochers.shutterfly.com/2522
This trip was proof that the easiet mountain in the summer can be one of the hardest in winter--16 miles rt with a good road closure and snowstorm.
Last day of summer vacation, celebrated with a nice easy jaunt up to the summit. Got turned back 1.5 years ago in whiteout winter conditions. Very nice day this time around. 4 hours ctc, with a nice long break at the top.
Climbed a north facing couloir from a camp at Upper Coney Lake. Traversed to Paiute and descended west of Continental Divide. Passed over the summit during a three week backpacking tour of the Continental Divide.
windy hike! the summit views worth it though. Had the top all to myself.
I wanted to do the traverse to Pauite but the winds were relentless. 40 MPH gusts made for some fun walking!
perfect hike on a perfect day. nice loop with Paiute Peak
This was my 2nd time up Audubon and my first couloir climb (Crooked). The 1st summit visit was via the standard route - probably in 2001. The first visit was probably also my first time above 13k feet.
Shame I dont remeber it
Hiked up the standard route, almost got blown off the top and climbed point 12,706 with it.
climbed the SE ridge. spectacular!