Mount Hope Climber's Log

Viewing: 1-20 of 48
Woodie Hopper

Woodie Hopper - Sep 7, 2010 11:30 pm Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2010

Sheep Gulch  Sucess!

Amazing day; I had the mountain all to myself. Although the trail is a little steep, I think it's offset by the great trail to Hope Pass. Blew a tire 1/2 mile after leaving the TH. Short but sweet hike.


scotthsu - Aug 19, 2009 10:13 pm Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2009

great day w/friends  Sucess!

did the "tour de hope," up the SE ridge and down the E ridge.


km_donovan - Jun 29, 2009 8:27 am Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2009

Sheep Gulch   Sucess!

Climbed the remaining snow south of the ridge. Short but sweet. I going to have to go back for the Hopeful Couloir.


shknbke - Jun 6, 2009 7:37 pm Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2009

Hopeful Couloir via Sheep Gulch  Sucess!

Enjoyed a fine albeit windy day via the Hopeful Couloir. Luckily we were well sheltered from the wind in the couloir. It's a pretty mellow climb even via the most direct route. We veered left of the small cornice at the top. Slope angles were mostly low to mid 40's with the steepest at 47 degrees at the top. Windiest June day I have hiked in though!

tortoise - May 18, 2009 12:41 pm Date Climbed: May 17, 2009

Hopeful Couloir via Willis Gulch  Sucess!

Plenty of excellent snow in the couloir made for a great snow climb - my first attempt of the kind! Great conditions above the lake at 11,800 all the way to the top, but many huge deep snow drifts of wet, melting sugar snow covering the higher parts of the trail (~10,700 to the lake). It was a bit of a slog.

Wanted to bag Quail too, but had to get back to town in good time. Rats! Glad to have the excuse to come back to this beautiful area, though.

crzyjt, I think we must have spotted your turns in the couloir!


crzyjt - May 9, 2009 11:19 pm Date Climbed: May 9, 2009

E ridge climb, NE couloir ski  Sucess!

Climbed the E ridge from Little Willis Gulch and skied the NE couloir. This was a slog with the trail half-melted out lugging ski gear to the summit. Fun day. The couloir makes for a nice ski descent.


mattpayne11 - Apr 27, 2009 2:16 am Date Climbed: Jun 1, 1986

FOGGY. Date Climbed: June 1, 1986  Sucess!

I remember this climb like it was yesterday.

When we reached the summit this insane fog moved in very fast and we had to leave the summit in a hurry.


MattK - Oct 20, 2008 8:39 am Date Climbed: Oct 18, 2008

From Sheep Gulch  Sucess!

Wife, dog and I. Climbed with Quail.


astrobassman - Jun 30, 2008 12:02 pm Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2008

Hopeful Couloir  Sucess!

Great day on a moderate couloir. We exited to the left and the couloir was approximately 45 degrees.


Kiefer - Jun 30, 2008 2:22 am Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2008

via Sheep Gulch  Sucess!

Just your standard Sawatch faire. The trail in to Hope Pass was outright beautiful!
Headed over and hiked up Quail Mountain as well. The cabins at the top were a bit of a surprise!


heather14 - Jun 24, 2008 1:23 am Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2008

Hopeful  Sucess!

Great day, fun climb. We had the mountain to ourselves!


SarahThompson - May 23, 2008 3:01 pm Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2006

3x including Hopeful Couloir  Sucess!

10/8/06 - Sheep Gulch approach to East Ridge. The trail up Sheep Gulch is steep but very efficient. Climbed both Hope & Quail in crappy weather. No views to be had.

6/6/09 - Sheep Gulch approach to Hopeful Couloir. Easy snow climb with great views. Very windy day.

3/12/16 - Winter ascent of standard Sheep Gulch route in late May-like conditions. There was avy debris everywhere in the upper part of the basin.


MountainHikerCO - Mar 11, 2008 10:36 pm Date Climbed: Jul 22, 1995

Sheep Gulch / Quail  Sucess!

This was my first time climbing Hope. I climbed from the Sheep Gulch trailhead & also went over and got Quail on this trip. I climbed Hope again on 7-20-02 with MountainHikerette.

Eric Holle

Eric Holle - Aug 27, 2007 11:22 pm Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2007

East Ridge  Sucess!

Ascended the amazing East Ridge from Sheep Gulch, didn't press on to Quail with worsening weather moving in. Can't wait to be back in that area.


RonHopson - Aug 9, 2007 9:30 am Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2007

Tour de Hope  Sucess!

4 gals and 2 guys from the Summit Co Seniors ("Mtn Goats") climbed the east ridge from Willis Gulch Trailhead in 4 hours. We descended the NE ridge in 3. Awesome views, soft lower trail, fun scrambles on the east ridge.


slowbutsteady - Jul 27, 2007 3:43 pm Date Climbed: Jul 19, 1997

Brief summit stay  Sucess!

Up the Sheep Gulch trail at 6:20am, on top at 11:50. The headwall at the end of the grassy approach had too much snow. I had to try several spots to find a way up the false summit. An approaching storm made stay on summit brief.


jrf - Jun 25, 2007 5:19 pm Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2007

East Ridge  Sucess!

Awesome mountain. Very steep hike with some loose talus for the last few hundred feet but very rewarding. The views of the surrounding peaks are fantastic. Took about 3.5 hours to reach the summit via the Sheep Gulch TH.


altitude14er - Jun 3, 2007 12:39 pm Date Climbed: Jun 2, 2007

Route Climbed: N.East Ridge via Willis Gulch TH  Sucess!

A half mile below the lake at 11,780ft. and the trail dissappeared underneath the snow. Followed the creek to the lake & contemplated doing Hopeful Couloir, snow was too wet & soft so I opted for plan B - the N.East Ridge. A challenging 13er!


chicagotransplant - May 20, 2007 5:37 pm Date Climbed: May 19, 2007

Hopeful  Sucess!

Climbed with Shanahan96 and two of my friends from Crested Butte. Like Jamie said, great climb, great day. I have been eyeing this couloir for years and was glad to get it with good continuous snow!


shanahan96 - May 20, 2007 1:11 pm Date Climbed: May 19, 2007

hopeful couloir  Sucess!

1/6/12- completed a winter climb of hope with aaron. hiked in from sheep gulch TH towards hope pass before veering west to gain the SE ridge @13,600'. a beautiful, bluebird day!

5/19/07- nine people on a thirteener in one day? they must be gaining popularity!

climbed from sheep gulch(south) TH. it was a real steep, and much enjoyed, grunt from the start. glissaded from the pass to the base of the couloir. couloir was sweet! around 1200-1300' vertical and started around 35-38 degrees while getting progressively steeper the entire way. the last 150' was 47-48 degrees and topped out just below the summit.

got a couple good, fair-sized glissades off the southeast face, roughly 1300-1500' in all. nice way to get back to treeline!

can't wait to go back for quail in the fall.


Viewing: 1-20 of 48
Return to 'Mount Hope' main page