From Argentine Pass trailhead. Getting up the Argentine Pass trail was more tiring than expected due to endless traversing of still firm snow slopes that didn't allow for good kick steps. Winds up on the ridge were also tiring. Intended to do an Edwards/McClellan/Grays/Ruby circuit but only got the first two.
From Argentine, to Argentine, Wilcox and Otter. 8 hours roundtrip.
My buddy Jon and I completed a fun loop of Grizzly Gulch bagging 3 ranked peaks. Kelso Ridge to Torreys, saddle to Grays, saddle to Edwards (class 2 with 3 options), down the ridge over McClellan to a scree gully descent back to Grizzly Gultch TH. Great loop to avoid some crowds and lazy class 1 trails.
Great day. Ten goats at the summit, 3 more at the pass on my way to Argentine.
A beautiful, long day above treeline the whole time. I was amazed at all the wire and "mining stuff" up on the ridge.
At least from Waldof Mine, this would be a great non-crowded beginner climb. Really windy on this trip!
I climbed this mountain with my freind Mark (aka "asphazel") on a chilly, windy day. We only saw two other climbers the whole day. The West Ridge is a fun route up Edwards and had me reminiscent of a prior trip up Grays and Torreys. I would imagine the West Ridge develops some avalanche pockets later into the winter season.
Long 20-mile day climbing this and Argentine from the Guanella Pass road.
My first snow climb, and my first centennial thirteener
Went with some friends that wanted to do Grays. I'd already done Grays, so I split off just below the summit and hiked the ridge over to Edwards. About 10 to 15 goats kept forcing me to drop down to the south side of the ridge, which was a bit annoying.
This would be the perfect ridge to take someone on who is interested in getting into ridge traversing. Staying on the trail makes the route true at 2+ but we opted to stay on top of the ridge as much as we could, getting into some good class 3. I guess Grays gets all of the attention because its a 14'er but Edwards is far more fun. Saw lots of gullys on the Peak. I'm wondering which ones fill up with snow.
Just a straight shot
An awesome hike from Stevens Gulch Trailhead. Check out my trip report in which we summitted Edwards, Grays, Torreys, and Kelso Mountain in one day.
This was a really fun winter outing...only saw two people all day which is a sharp contrast to the summer activity in this area. I love this area....Torrey's is so impressive! Had a fun glissade down to the valley for a mix of rock jumping/post-hole-hell in between the boulders.
We parked at the Waldorf Mine and followed the old road to the SW as it gradually climbed up to Argentine Pass. From the pass it is an easy ridge walk north to the summit of Edwards. We returned rapidly to the car by glissading snowfields down the east face back to the mine.
Nice short hike and easy way to get out. Great views of Grays and Torreys and better yet, no people!
The wildflowers in the valley near the mine are stunning. Well worth the trip in the summer.
Lot's of snow on the trail up to Argentine Pass. Some snow fields on the East Ridge. Used the ice axe often. Steady postholing climb up to the pass. Didn't see anyone on the trail or on the ridge. Had Horseshoe Basin to myself. Beautiful views of Grays, Torreys, Bierstadt and Evans.
It started as a pleasant day. Once on top of Edwards the weather started getting dark to the west behind Grays. Got back to the truck via the loop over McClellan Mountain. The 4x4 trip in was an added adventure.
Our group climbed Edwards after summitting Argentine Peak, which lies two miles to Edwards' south. We finished the day by climbing up Mount Wilcox before returning to the Guanella Pass Road. It was another brilliant, bluebird day in January of '04! A trip report is available here.