3 of us camped at Marshall Pass, got an early start and hiked up the West Ridge, out of the trees by sunrise and on top in time to celebrate my 21st with a Fat Tire before the afternoon storms began building. Fast-growing cumulus led us us to make the call and descend directly down & south off the west ridge into the trees for a chill, meandering walk back.
Camped two nights at Marshall pass with a bunch of cows and fit in this great hike. Just as good as the 14ers!
A cloud hung over the summit with sun all around. Eventually the clouds boiled down almost filling Devils Armchair. It was overcast on the summit but 20 minutes off the summit the skies completely cleared.
I was camping at O'haver Lake, and I got a really late start on this peak. I could see it in the distance, but I had no idea it was Mt. Ouray. I turned around at the "Devil's Armchair."
Climbed this mountain in not the best of conditions. Early morning fog was fortelling of what was to come. The climb was enjoyable nonetheless.! The ridge is very fun with many ups and downs to negotiate. It started raining shortly after we left the summit making the descent not so fun. Luckily we had the GPS to get us back to the trailhead in conditions where we couldn't see anything!
Fantastic hike. No other people around and the west ridge turned out to be quite enjoyable. Great views all around.
Made the northern circuit of Ouray, via Little Cochetopa creek and trailhead. 9 miles round trip, and very scenic. Met two other climbers near the summit. (Holiday weekend - it was crowded :-)
Unlike other Sawatch peaks, this one is relatively quick, without huge elevation gain (at least from Marshall Pass). But like most other Sawatch peaks it is scenic, gentle, and worthwhile. I did not find a defined path until I got up to the ridge. The hike through the forest to get to the ridge is like a fairyland journey, with wide open meadows, gentle slopes, towering trees. The grade steepens a bit as you get towards the ridge, but there is nothing hard about this. The ridge walk was a breeze, almost a stroll. The upper mountain does require a little bit of bouldering. Today there was a snow dusting, and the summit had about 4 inches of snow in places. If there was a summit register I did not find it. Conditions changed by the minute. Once you would be enshrouded in clouds, then there would be an opening and you could see towards the west or south. This was my second time on this peak, the first in 1992. Both times were cloudy. If conditions were perfect I suspect that the summit of Ouray would be the one of the best vantage point in all of Colorado because you could view all of the Sangres, the Sawatch, and a good part of the San Juans. The peak is fortunately not overused and I hope it stays that way. Some advise on the descent- as you wander through the forest back to Marshall Pass make sure you get your bearings with a compass or GPS because it could be easy to get disoriented and lost.
On July 23, 2005 I returned and climbed Ouray via the east route, up Grays Creek. The trail is in pretty good shape, easy to follow, makes a few crossings of the creek, and leads up a gentle ravine into the Devils Armchair. This is a longer but definitely more scenic and memorable way to climb Ouray. The Devils Armchair is breathtaking, and walking through the stand of bristlecones is like treking through some ancient, time forgotten forest.
Ryan's right, this is an unbeatable tour of Ouray. I had planned to do it in the other direction, but Erin and I didn't find the right trail in the morning. Off-route, we realized we had positioned ourselves well to begin our day with the northeast ridge, so we did. It was quite windy above 13K, and the views -- especially of the northern Sangres -- were stupendous! A trip report is available here.
This circle tour of Mount Ouray is unbeatable. The approach into the Devil's Armchair is NOT to be missed. This is one of the most pristine, neglected high peaks in CO. I hope the crowds always neglect it.
Mount Ouray was a fun summit. The circling of the Devils Armchair was enjoyable. Along on this trip was my brother Matthew, my sister in law Melissa, and my friend Glen.. as well as dogs Raymond, Sopris, and Jax. We got toasted on teqiula afterwords.
My day on Ouray was a very memorable day. I spent the night on Marshall Pass and watched the sunset at 10,000 ft. That was really cool. My hike was very eventful for I enjoyed great weather and a scenic setting the entire day. A perfect hike for September, the Aspens really get gold on Ouray and the Marshall Pass vicinity.