After 14er bagging the last two days I decided to stay close to home and take it easy. I found this ridge to be lots of fun despite it's short length. I didn't see anyone else and the ridge offered unsurpassed views of the surrounding peaks. The class 3 sections were very fun and straightforward despite the snow. Highly recommended for new climbers wanting to get off the hiking trails.
As noted, this is a great, easy peak for a hike. It can be attempted any time of year, but be prepared for wind any time of year! I've been up it a half dozen times or so, and been driven back by winter winds more than once.
Highly recommended for a longer outing is to climb Paiute Peak from Blue Lake, then traverse over to Audobon. This has you descending a known and easy trail during the afternoon storm hours. The traverse is a Roach *classic*.
Made it to the ridge just below the summit. The views of indianpeaks and Longs peak were amazing.
Looks like I followed in Aaron's footsteps. Erin wanted to experience the SE Ridge for herself, so I made my second climb of this fun route. Next, we traversed to Paiute, and then climbed Mount Toll before descending to Blue Lakes.
This route, described in Roach's IPW book, puts you in a spectacular position alongside Audubon's bowl. A trip report is available here.
Decided I wanted to play with my ice tools, so headed out thinking I'd attempt Toll's North Face. It was getting late, so I hung a right and headed up one of the couloirs of Audubon's south scoop. Ended up with an epic descent in the dark, but a great time on some snow and steep rock. This would not be a good summer route b/c of loose rock.
I really enjoyed this hike. There are some interesting views to the north, and wonderful scenes of the rest of the Indian Peaks. I brought my dog on this hike (don't worry, I'm one of the responsible ones) and she loved it. A nice cool shower was welcomed on the way back to the parking lot.
My first hike in the Indian Peaks in almost twenty years. Great views from up there. I was so transfixed I didn't pay attention to the storm building rapidly behind Apache. Got chased down by lightning that was just too close. I should know better.
Went back and did it as an overnight. No worries about storms this time. Perfectly clear skies, warm temps, and just a touch of wind.
This was my second attempt at Audobon. I failed to summit 12 years previous due to a combiination of altitude sickness and vertigo. Climbed with my dad (59) and my son (9). Generally a very nice hike with the exception of the thunderstorms that blew in while we were above timberline. When we finally reached camp (where my wife and daughters were) dad said let's go camping granddaddy style ... in a Marriott Hotel in Denver.
Hiked up a couple days before heading to Mexico to climb Orizaba. The actual "climb" was very easy, but the high winds and cold temps made it interesting.