Mount Superior & Monte Cristo Climber's Log

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PocketsOfBlue - Jun 7, 2008 10:41 pm Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2008

Skied North Chute  Sucess!

Skinned up below the power lines from the church at Alta. Dropped down into a bowl and traversed over another ridge, then caught some turns into a bigger bowl below the North face of Superior. From there we skinned up to the East ridge and booted up to the summit. Skied the chute off the saddle to the East -- great conditions for June!


vanman798 - May 16, 2008 10:49 pm Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2012

South Ridge  Sucess!

  • May 3, 2014, trying out my new Spantik boots, I snowshoed the pole line pass, then used crampons with overboots, for the last section to the peak. The boots worked great with both set ups. Up in 2 hours 15 mins, took another 15 mins to walk to Monte Cristo. Walked down the SE face, and hitched a ride from the road back to my car. Round trip 4 hours with breaks etc.

  • April 5, 2014, skinned up to within 150 feet of the peak, but there was so much static in the air you could hear it and see hair standing up, so to avoid a shock we (Matt H & I) skied down the north face, then skinned over to little Superior and ski down that to the road. Good way to do it.

  • August 3, 2012 -- Followed the south east ridge to the peak, took 2 hours 25 minutes. Here is a break down: From car to base of White Gully 16 minutes, to GasEx pipe #1 28 minutes, (don't go to GasEx #2), to Suicide chute 1 hour 9 minutes, to peak 2 hours 25 minutes, to Monte Cristo 12 minutes. Return via east ridge and pole line pass 2 hours 3 minutes.
  • Feb 21, 2009 -- Skinned up the pole line pass, and all the way to the peak of Mt. Superior took 2.5 hour to ascend. Skied down the North face into Mill D. Skinned up Cardiac Ridge, skied down, skinned up Cardiac Bowl, and then down into Mill B and over to BCC.

  • May 16, 2008, Up the East Ridge with Sean Peckham -- Round trip, with breaks, and jaunt over to Monte Cristo, took 6 hours. The descent, on skies, via the southeast face was fun, but a bit to soft.

  • seanpeckham

    seanpeckham - May 16, 2008 4:20 pm Date Climbed: May 16, 2008

    Up the east ridge, skied the southeast face  Sucess!

    vanman798 and I got a 6 or 6:30 am start, skinned to Cardiff Pass and a bit beyond, and booted up the ridge to Superior. We left our skis there, put on crampons, and traversed to Monte Cristo and back. Ran into Bob Athey and a couple who had just climbed the south ridge, and then skied the awesome southeast face from the summit, though because of our delay from tagging Monte Cristo, the corn was past its prime and down low was more like mush. I can't wait to ski it again without the side trip to catch it in ideal conditions.

    Once a long time ago I also did Superior only in the summer. Nice to have taken care of the unfinished business.


    dunsum - Mar 30, 2008 8:42 pm Date Climbed: Mar 30, 2008

    South Ridge  Sucess!

    3/30/08 Great day for climbing; lots of snow. I do this route almost every year!

    6/29/08 I pieced together couloirs and small rock steps on the SE Face and joined the S Ridge about 200 yards from the summit. A good solo climb on a very nice day.


    Lubos - Mar 30, 2008 7:06 pm Date Climbed: Mar 30, 2008

    LCC - Alta  Sucess!

    via south ridge

    Steve Elmer

    Steve Elmer - Sep 30, 2007 11:18 pm


    8/27/07 via south ridge
    9/9/07 Cottonwood ridge traverse


    LonePeakFreak - Aug 26, 2007 2:48 pm Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2007

    Via South Ridge  Sucess!

    Ascended via the South Ridge. No ropes necessary and you can make the route as easy or difficult as you choose. Incredible views from both summits. The trail down from Superior to Cardiff was very easy to lose (which we did again and again). From Cardiff Pass down to the road it was easy to follow. About 6 hours round trip.


    pbogen - Jul 31, 2007 6:13 pm Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2007

    Cardiff Pass  Sucess!

    What a fun scramble. Summited on a day with very poor visibility due to the largest wildfire in Utah history burning 120 miles south, with a southerly wind.


    soccerman - Jul 8, 2007 10:34 pm Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2007

    Cardiff Pass Trailhead  Sucess!

    Made the top pretty easily. Very hot day. No cover at all. Got a little sunburned.


    hiker100 - Jun 24, 2007 2:08 am Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2006

    Sucide Chute

    Still plenty of Snow in the Chute.

    marauders - Oct 23, 2006 6:14 pm Date Climbed: Oct 12, 2006

    Route Climbed: Cardiff Pass  Sucess!

    Hiked with Scott (climb14ers). Fun, quick scramble with unique views of the Cottonwood Ridge at this time of year. The north side was snow covered, and the south side was melted out with fall colors still present. It was a beautiful contrast of fall and winter split along the Cottonwood Ridge.

    Scott Wesemann

    Scott Wesemann - Oct 13, 2006 2:51 pm Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2008

    South Ridge  Sucess!

    9/5/08- Climbed via the South Ridge with Matthew Van Horn. This has to be one of the best routes in the Wasatch. The exposure is great and the scrambling seems to never let up. There are a few tricky exposed moves, but the climbing is fairly easy all the way.

    10/12/06- Climbed Superior and Monte Cristo with Mauraders from SP. This was a PERFECT day and we only saw one other person on the trail the whole hike..weekdays in the Wasatch are the way to go! The views from this peak are just incredible and I will try and come back and do this hike every year. There was some snow, but not much at all on the ridge and the scramble was enjoyable, although I did pull off a large rock that banged my shin pretty good.

    6/7/12- via the South Ridge with Matt V. and Jun32.


    apachedino - Oct 8, 2006 2:13 am Date Climbed: May 14, 2006

    From Alta  Sucess!

    As stated with Renogurt below, pretty much no visibility at the top, but still very fun. Lot's of cornices. Came back on Sept 3 2007 to do the South Ridge, very fun variation, wanted to continue on the Cottonwood Ridge west to peak 11,033, but it will have to wait until another time.


    renogurt - Oct 5, 2006 1:56 am


    Climbed this one with apachedino three days after the triple traverse. The best part: finding a single ski to sit on all the way back to the car.

    J Anderson

    J Anderson - Aug 16, 2006 9:15 pm Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2006

    Superior  Sucess!

    Climbed 3 times -
    08/16/2006 Cardiff Pass solo
    05/28/2007 Cardiff Pass with Matt, Mike,Dan and Dave.
    09/08/2007 South Ridge with Matt

    Rocky Alps

    Rocky Alps - Aug 14, 2006 7:31 pm Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2006

    Route Climbed: Cardiff Pass  Sucess!

    Started early, which treated us to some nice views of the rising sunlight on the Alpine Ridge (Pfeifferhorn looked really cool). A lot of fun scrambling, with a little exposure. We saw quite a few goats on neigboring ridges, and even heard a pack of coyotes howling (didn't know they were in this area). From the summit of Monte Cristo we could see the summit of every other 11,000 ft. peak in the Wasatch, except for Provo Peak. I was proud of my wife for being such a good trooper, since she has bad knees and this was the hardest hike (her first time scrambling as well) she had ever been on. See "Little Cottonwood Canyon Doubleheader" trip report for details.


    Moogie737 - Aug 11, 2006 8:10 pm Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2017

    Various routes  Sucess!

    5-8-07 What a fun snow climb. No trail past Lake Blanche, so we winged it, huggingthe east edges of the drainage, then attaining the Cottonwood Ridge 1/4 mile west of Superior's summit (between Monte Cristo and Superior). From the S-curve TH it was 10 miles R/T. My 3rd time at the summit but my first in snow. Brent and Lana were great companions on this climb. Topped out on Superior and Monte Cristo on 6-5-07, a very windy day. On top of both peaks on 7-3-07, as a part of a trip to the summit of Sundial and then much ridge scrambling! On top of Superior for a 6th time as part of doing the south Superior ridge from Snowbird - awesome ridge. #7 along with Monte Cristo for the final two peaks of the 12-hour Cottonwood Ridge run. Started at the S-curve TH and ended at Alta. Tremendous adventure, but not for timid souls. #8 on 9-27-07 as part of south ridge scramble w/ Judy, Lana & Christine (3 geo-caches found en route by Judy!). #9 on 11-6-07 with Dave, Lana, Christine & Anne from S-curve via Lake Blanche, Blanche Peak, Cottonwood Ridge to Monte Cristo and down the steep snow-covered headwall of Superior back to Lake Blanche and out. Fabulous. 10th time w/ Lana & Brent. 10+05 from S-curve TH to Sundial, Cottonwood Ridge, Monte Cristo, Superior and back to the saddle between the two for a snow descent and out via the lake. Beautiful wild flowers and diminishing cornices. #11 as part of my 2nd full Cottonwood Ridge run on 7-19-08. Hot day requiring much mental toughness. #12 on 5-19-09 w/ Dave & Christine. Attained the ridge via a steep snow chute on the east face of the ridge, then Superior & Monte Cristo and back with several long glissades on the north side of the ridge leading to Cardiff Pass. #13 12-1-09 via Cardiff Pass w/ Christine, Ryan, & ZeeJay. Not a lot of snow considering the date. 2+47 to Monte Cristo summit, 5+15 total time for r/t. #14 6-15-10 W/ mtngoat. Via the suicide chute, both peaks, 2+30 to Superior summit. Hard to believe we could do this chute in crampons so late in the season! #15 7-3-10 as part of Cottonwood Ridge run with WMC. #16 9-25-10 to Superior via South Ridge w/ Dave & JP. #17 4-24-12 W/ Dave via Suicide Chute. Superior only as snow was softening quickly. Return by dropping down into the Cardiff Fork (9,500') and regaining Cardiff Pass. #18 8-11-12 Got 'em both as a fitting end to the Cottonwood Ridge traverse with WMC. w/ Brad & Sam. Thanks to Dave who left us cold water on top of Blanche Peak today! IVD #19 3-19-14 From Alta. Super cold. SS to 10,500' then crampons. Got Superior but too dangerous to attempt MC. #20 8-16-14 via So Superior ridge w/ Dave & Brent. #21 6-23-17 W/ Dave, Brent & Lana. Via So Superior Ridge. No Monte Cristo.

    Travis Atwood

    Travis Atwood - Jul 30, 2006 3:20 am Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2008

    Cardiff Pass / East Ridge  Sucess!

    7/12/08 - Bagged both peaks with friends John and Alex. Up and back via Cardiff.

    7/29/06 - Climbed solo. Very fun scramble. I only made it to the first summit because thunderstorms were moving in and I’m not a fan of getting fried by lightning. I high tailed it out of there pretty quick and almost ran into a herd of mountain goats as I came around a corner.

    Ed F

    Ed F - Jul 13, 2006 10:40 pm Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2006

    Cardiff Pass  Sucess!

    Nice scramble. I stayed on the ridge most of the way to Superior instead of using the scree on the left side. It slowed me down a little, but I can't stand hiking on steep scree.


    madsjim - Jun 13, 2006 3:00 am Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2006

    Cardiff Pass  Sucess!

    Did this one solo, I didn't expect the scrambling to be so long, I thought it was challenging, but certainly a quick hike. If you go up there be on the lookout for my cellphone, I lose everything!

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