I have been lusting after Mount Owens summit for four months. The lovely fall day I chose for my hike turned out perfect. The south Ridge Route on Mount Owen realy was a blast. For some reason I get a kick out of clever routes that look difficult but prove easy. And if you are familiar with the quality of the Maroon Formation you will rejoice that there is no scrambling involved. I lingered on the summit for near an hour before tearing myself away from the glorious views.