Nothing technical about this mountain but it's size. Great bowls in the back towards Mt. Oklahoma for skiing. Winter Class 1 access on the front. And an interesting end to end ridge option at some point.
Had a somewhat slower climb than expected due to snow from a storm that hit earlier in the week. Four hours and forty minutes from the parking lot trailhead and the clouds wreathing the top kept me from really knowing which of the summits was in fact the highest summit. Only met two other hikers, a father and son combo from Oregon and Washington. A lot of marmots above the treeline and the weather held off until I got back to my car after the three hour descent.
Did the shortest south slopes route from the N. Halfmoon Creek TH and didn't start until 1:30 pm but this turned to our advantage as the morning saw bad foggy/rainy and snowy weather that turned most of the days hikers around but the afternoon treated us to much nicer and clearer weather.
Went up the South Slopes and it is a fantastic route. Don't let the short milage fool you, it's a steep climb and I'm sure many more people bail on this route compared to the main trail. Great weather besides a few claps of thunder as we were coming down just before noon. The summit was busy and probably had about 8 dogs on it too.
This one sucked, only because the 4 mile long hike back after re-entering the trees on the standard trail.
Nice day for a quick hike, took 2:10 to summit. Nasty weather moved in after I got back into town.
I didn't see a soul all day. The route is better than the guide implied. Weather came in fast. I descended through hail, snow and rain.
Some nuisance snowfields along the way but otherwise a great day. Shaved a mile off the descent by glissading a long section just before the saddle with S. Massive. Luckily the weather was freakishly hot so my ass dried off quickly!
Beautiful sunny skies and enjoyed the summit by myself.
Snow in many forms - hardpack, corn, slush - made for quite a slog, making the summit that much sweeter! Gorgeous spring day with the usual 40 mph breeze up high.
That was a nice trip, minus almost getting struck by lightning. :)
As soon as we reached the summit, clouds blew in and we jetted to the bottom. We spent the night off-trail above treeline at around 12,000 ft.
This was my first fourteener and one of my first hikes in Colorado. My first experience with this level of altitude was a trip! It was really quite busy at the summit and there seemed to be a rotating crowd. While I was up there a very large lightning storm blew in suddenly and it became a difficult situation finding a safe spot to go so go early! There were many marmots near the summit which was wonderful also. :)
With N. Massive and Massive Green. With Dad and Derrill.
sw slopes route
Gruellingly long day from the fish hatchery. 5-6" of freshies al through treeline. Great bluebird day. Absolutely dead-calm at night on the way down.
The hiking was great, the summit was miserable due to wind.
Up the Southwest Slopes and down the Main Ridge Trail. Great views on Elbert, which I had gone up the day before.
Great day for a climb! We had quite a nice SP group on top for truchas' final 14er!