Peakbug and I made the ascent after a detour along the shoreline to look for moose. This was an easy climb, but it provided some great views and some fun bushwhacking on the descent.
Hiked around the reservoir to the west side and headed up to the ridge (after heading that way to see a momma and baby moose in the area...missed them, but saw lots of moose prints). Enjoyed taking the ridge to extend the day and soaking up the amazing views of the Indian Peaks.
Nice snowshoewing trip from winter closure, great view of most Indian Peaks,
Fun hike, had been here earlier in the season, but turned back due to high winds. This time went all the way to Navajo but missed the descent chimney to Apache. Guess I'll have to come back another time!
Climbed the NE ridge past the mine. Got lucky with moderate temps and sunny skies with only light clouds. Hardly any wind at all until summit where there was a steady cold-ish breeze. Very light snow cover on the tundra.
I took my snowshoes but did not need them. The only thing that felt winter about this climb was the wind on the summit.
1/15/06 - Climbed from Brainard Lake winter closure. Brutal, windy day.
9/29/07 - Climbed at night from Lefthand Res. I swear that's all I climbed that night ;)
Wife, dog and I.
Hit a good window. Visibility went to pot shortly after we finished our descent. We could see the wave come from the north, however, and knew we had time to work with. Straight winds were severe with gusts ranging to brutal. With XC ski poles, we could duck our heads and stick to the ground when needed. A nice ski approach to a mild climb using the old mine road that took us to the ridge. Beautiful views, if you can keep your breath in the wind looking north.
I was prepared for the 60-70mph wind gusts, but I wasn't prepared to posthole thigh deep through the trees....with snowshoes on! Is there an actual trail up this mountain?
Nice summit view of the higher Indian Peaks.
Total ascents = 3.
En route to Point 11,557.
Pretty boring mountain overall. Would have been better if the skies were clear, but most of the time it was snowing at higher elevations and hiding the views of the higher peaks. After the summit, hiked along Niwot Ridge to Point 11,557 and then found another way down.
I snowshoed this with the Colorado Mountain Club. There was still a lot of snow up there, from a snowstorm the previous night (only in Colorado!), as well as from the Blizzard of 2003. The snow thinned out as we neared the summit, so we took off our snowshoes for the last part of the hike. The plains were still socked in, but the sky was clear at the summit, though it was very windy and cold up there.