Long but beautiful excursion up Mount Lamborn. Started hiking near the beginning of the road in the McCluskey SWA, however, we could have driven further. The Forest Service just graded the road and any mid-clearance vehicle can make it to within a mile of the trailhead with good AT tires. Bell Canyon is easy to follow but quite bushy, especially in the lower-mid canyon. The aspen groves are amazing and the views from the summit expansive. The summit block is easy class 3. One of my favorite Colorado county high points. Only 11 to go!
The road was super muddy, so walked it since car was sliding on it. Added Landsend Peak and hiked almost 20 miles. Nice day, wildflower, got soaked with rain and did not see anyone all day long.
The road to the trailhead is definitely for high clearance vehicles. We parked in a small meadow about a half mile short of the trailhead.
The hike was was rigorous, to say the least. Though fairly easy going up, the last 1/4 mile or so was 'one step at a time' pretty much straight up a 20 to 40% slope. The view from the top was really great and made the slog worth it. Coming down on the loose gravel had its challenges. Glad I went.
What a hike! Ridge and snowshoe and climbing and 2200' glissade!
I saw this peak while working on the Uncompahgre Plateau and wanted to climb it for it's awesome prominence. Bit of a challenge finding the TH, and the road was too rough to get my compact all the way. Scenic trail up Bell Canyon with fall color, but quite a few trees across the trail. Fall color was great all along the trail and views from the ridge and summit spectacular. Would be great 2 day with camping at campsite below the summit pitch. Long but rewarding day more fun than a lot of higher mountains.
Via Bell Canyon, 2 hours 20 minutes to top, perfect time of year for this hike the fall colors were near peak they are very spectacular on this route especially the north side of Landsend Peak. The road to the trailhead was much worse than the hike, High clearance needed for the last 3 miles, I wouldn't try it in a Subie, the last mile (there is a sign that says 1 mile) is very rough and will scratch paint and make you very uncomfortable unless you are very skilled 4WD driver. I drove it but thought better of it later.
middle rib north face - descent down east bowl and back out to north
stopped about 1/8 mile on ridgeline short of summit becasue i was running out of time and had to make a class
This is a much easier route to the top than Bell Canyon as long as you are comfortable with your navigation skills. The approach on the dirt roads are very slick when wet. I found this out when my Subaru tires became caked with this mud and lost their traction. I slid off the road and banged up my rims. I decided to return the next day for the climb.
Combined Lamborn with Landsend via Bell Canyon which made for a long day. Renata Collard finished the CO counties on Lamborn. The traverse to Landsend is not recommended unless you're doing 10ers or all the peaks in Delta county! Brutal bushwach.
agree. the bushwhack was not enjoyable, but it is done...
Beautiful hike in via Inter-Ocean Pass trail from the south. We were stopped just short of the summit cone by lingering snow and our late start.
A wonderful fall hike to a little visited mountain. Thoroughly enjoyable!
ROute description from Bell Canyon is very good. Take plenty of water and wear long pants. Otherwise very nice.
As a Paonia native, Mount Lamborn will always be my favorite mountain. It totally dominates the view from the valley, which is 5,700 feet below. A few of us climbed Lamborn and Landsend one day on a high school field trip. I remember the school bus took us up on the mesa and dropped us off.
Spectacular hike. Liked it so much I did it twice. Weather was so nice I took a nice one hour nap on the summit. Awesome.