After summiting Grand Traverse Peak nice scrambling was ahead of us, route finding was easy. Some really amazing views from top of Valhalla peak.
Climbed from East Vail to saddle above Deluge Lake between GT and Valhalla, did the 3rd class traverse to Valhalla, then reversed it to do GT peak. The traverse between GT and Valhalla is sort of time consuming with the seemingly countless towers. It was no fun to reverse it. I would not have had to do it but I left a ski pole at the saddle and had to retrieve it, or I could have just done Snow Peak. Why am I sharing all this? No one I even know ever reads these. One giant goat sleeping in Valhalla summit.
Traverse around Deluge Lake: south ridge of Grand Traverse Peak, traverse to Mt. Valhalla, traverse to Snow Peak and down its back side. Talus and tower bypasses on the south ridge of Valhalla are quite annoying and tedious (loose), but all easily doable.
7/30/2011: "Hail Peak", "Mount Silverthorne", "Zodiac View" & Wingle Ridge. Climbed with chicagotransplant, John Kirk & Steve Knapp.
7/19/2014: "Mount Valhalla", "Grand Traverse Peak", "North Traverse Peak", "Snow Peak" & 12485. Climbed with Alyson Kirk.
Climbed the southeast slopes of Hail from Gore Creek with Steve, John and Brian. Traversed over to Mt Silverthorne as well.
Climbed in 15.5 hours from Deluge Lake. Did not find a summit register. Snow was firm in the morning and deteriorated into a slush-fest later in the day. GPS logged elevation gain at 5,226 feet total. The ridge was a real treat with record snowfalls this year! Descended the SW face via glissade.
12670 and Vahalla. Kinda chossy but very pretty.
After climbing "Snow" and returning to the lake, I noticed how nice the weather was and decided to head up Valhalla. I found a steep loose slope and it went, but it didn't make for fun climbing. Surprised to see 3 other dudes on the summit with their dogs.
This was one of the most interesting spring climbs I've done. There was a ton of snow. Traversed from Snow Peak, but had to drop down significantly onto the west side of the ridge about 2/3 of the way to Valhalla.
Climbed via the Deluge Lake basin up the northwest ridge. Climbed over "Palomino Point" on the way back down, this little unranked tower is a fun scramble. Mostly class 3 with a 4th class move to get on the summit block.
Tons of snow between 10,800 and 11,000 along the Deluge Lake trail, this is the section where it is relatively flat through the dense forest. Its at least knee deep in most places and covers the whole forest floor, I lost the trail but ended up getting back on track higher up.
Climbed via the Southwest Slope/Northwest Ridge route. This was my very first Gore Range summit, which I had all to myself as I went solo. The summit register didn’t have very many names on it, but the very first entries were a certain Gerry and Jennifer Roach. I was blown away at my first summit view of the Gore Range! It’s like a whole range comprised of the Needles and Grenadiers! I had to go through a lot of snow on the approach hike to Deluge Lake, and there was still a bunch of snow in the lake basin.
Some steep and often loose hiking on this one via a dog friendly route from Grand Traverse. A bit of a workout but well worth it for the views. Good company on this trip.
Mount Valhalla, Grand Traverse Peak, and Snow Peak made for an excellent short backpack trip. With ideal weather you can get all three peaks, although its a lot of work. Really enjoyed my time with Colonalpyat, and Jon Bradford and Sopris.