I did this solo. The weather was nice (50 degrees). I started across from the Alta Lodge and followed the dirt roads that turned into single track up Cardiff Pass. Cardiff Peak was just a short hike from the pass. After that I made my way up Superior. I was able to follow a trail at times and at other times I just scrambled along the ridge. After making it to the summit of Superior, I continued the short hike over to Monte Cristo. This was worth it as the views of the Sundial, Lake Blanche, Dromedary, Sunrise, and Broad Forks Twin Peaks were really cool. On the way down it was much easier to descend on the trail down from Superior. I enjoyed being able to hit 3 summits in short mileage!
Squeezed these two peaks in as a late-season outing, there is currently some snow on the ridge but not enough to really present an issue. Scramble is fun and rewarding and the exposure isn't as in-your-face as some other peaks in the area.
This is going to be something I do all the time in the future so fun. No problem soloing
South ridge Is now my preferred Route for these two peaks. Its for sure one of the best ridges, nice exposure and very comfortable hand holds and the views are insane. Not to mention you can come up after work hike to the top catch sunset and be at your car right as its getting dark, its the best.
Not bad nothing too technical nice day a little hot
w/Ross Thompson & Gary Showalter. Super fun scramble up the south ridge!
Got up early and knocked both out, took cardiff pass trail on the way up and down
Success. Had heard about Superior climb as good intro to Alpine Climbing. Did this solo but next time try to find partner. Good scrambles, etc. but shouldn't push envelope too much on trying to climb too high a rating without rope. Great day. Incredibly windy!
Started at Mill B and hit these peaks first, and then went across the Big Cottonwood Ridge to Broads Fork.
Great hike, will be back to climb/scramble the south ridge.
Climbed 20 times:
Hopefully there's an update in the near future that shows I tackled both peaks. Enjoyed the summit with a skier and boarder who were looking for the last few hundred feet of snow for the season. The trek up is straightforward but also challenging - lots of loose talus and some sustained class 3 scrambling (especially if you're working around snow patches). The view down into Albion Basin is outstanding.
Via Cardiff Pass - 07/06/2014
Coffee? Oh no.
Protip: put on your sunscreen *after* you are well caffeinated, else you may end up with one super crisp arm and one normal arm.
Let me be the cautionary tale.
(Fun scrambling! Went up from Alta via Cardiff, and we hit both Superior and Monte Cristo.)
Climbed from Alta but ended up on Flagstaff Mountain, so I had to scramble down to Cardiff Pass. From there it was some fun and easy scrambling to the top. Climbed both Mount Superior and Monte Cristo. Excellent views of the Cottonwood Ridge!
A cold that was worsened by a 30-hr shift, little sleep, and poor hydration worked me again on this hike. Coughing, wheezing, and sniffling, I managed to reach the summit. The directions on the Cardiff Pass route page weren't the best and put me on a bushwhacking adventure on the lower reaches of the climb. Beautiful day in the mountains, though. Summited at 5 pm and the lighting was wonderful.
Beautiful weather for a long hike from the Mill B South trailhead in Big Cottonwood to Superior. Lake Blanche and Sundial were beautiful and so was everything else, except the long stretch of talus right below Superior. Ugh.
Crappy rock from Cardiac Pass to summit. Great rock and easy traverse from Superior to Monte Cristo.
When we reached the summit of Mt. Superior we encountered a surprise white out blizzard that forced to us to try and descend the mountain as timely and safely as possible. Because of this we never reached the summit of Monte Cristo. Too bad the two peaks are listed on a joint page :( Anyways, tons of excellent climbing to enjoyed on this route. Can't wait to do it again in better conditions!
I'm not gonna say we bit off more than we could chew with this one, but we definitely bit off a lot. 45+ degree consolidated snow slopes were the part I didn't count on. There were some places on the eastern ridge of Superior that were pretty intense in the snow. There was more exposure than I was expecting. Definitely not a "beginner" winter ascent. Super fun though. We snowshoed it, and I think we pissed off the a lot of the AT skiers in the area (even though we tried to stay off their skin tracks whenever possible).
Solo via Cardiff Pass and off trail scramble along ridge line topping Cardiff and Little Superior. Started late getting sunset pics over Cristo but missed that summit. Finished in the dark across Cardiff south ridge and realize I may have gone across Hellgate Cliffs getting off trail (not fun or smart in the dark).