Loved this climb, steep and tough but worth it!
Snow climb up COR. 2 skiers were up there the day before. Their tracks were the only sign of another party summiting this season. A fun ride and great adventure!
Successful summit via standard route.
Chicken-out ridge ain't so bad.
My big suggestion for anyone who wishes to climb this mountain... train with 1. stairs and 2. light rock climbing and you'll be fine.
First peak I did, went up with my friend Joe. My hands felt like they were going to freeze off at one point, but luckily we had some hand warmers to save the day
Cruised up this one. Wind blew in lots of smoke. No snow cover yet. Love the geology of the area. Saw around a couple dozen others on the mountain and someone else that appeared to be headed towards a neighboring peak. I don't think I was ever on the ridge. Just followed a trail/route below it most of the way. Not sure if I followed the route properly?
The weather was perfect and my company was pretty amazing as well!!! So proud of my kids, Hunter is 11 and Scarlett is 8. They crushed this mountain and are now begging to do the Grand in Wyoming!
The route was clear (no snow yet) and pretty easy to follow. We went slow through chicken out ridge, it’s not to difficult but has a little bit of exposure so it was pretty exciting for the kids!
Weather was a bit smoky. Chicken Out Ridge (COR) isn't that bad if the weather is cooperating. It's just scary if you aren't used to exposure because it is a knife edge. Getting down the 20 foot drop from COR is harder than going back up. However, it wasn't too bad. The trail was pretty good for a peak this size. Made it 4 hours and 10 minutes. Would have beat 4 hours, but I had to stop for 20 minutes to help other team members get down COR.
Only 8-9 other people on the mountain on July 4th, which surprised me. COR is not an issue unless you are a newby to this hiking/scrambling thing. My piece of advice would be this: the last 6-700 feet up to summit stay on the ridge as much as possible. Going up and down. The other sections below are just straight misery! Great day, lots of scrambling, and a nice reward for a well-earned high point.
Crowded, but a nice day...saw some peeps using ropes on chicken out ridge, not necessary if you skirt to the left on a obvious trail
Did Kings Peak a few days before. By far the steepest marked trail I've ever been on, so definitely come ready for it. Chickenout Ridge is actually fun: the only way someone might have trouble is if they've never hiked off trail before OR if there is an ice situation. I didn't even bother going over the top of it and just traversed straight along the left/north wall, ascending up the scree in the chute at the end to regain the trail on the other side. There is plenty of room and the rock is stable and tacky. Even helped three other scared groups through. Gorgeous views typical of peaks that require a much more technical approach. One note: the mountain's proximity to the main road, short trail length and well-marked trail signs definitely encourage people of all experience levels to try it. If you haven't done anything like this, make sure to research and ask questions! I saw a few dangerous things going on where people didn't know any better.
Second time up to complete my 2 12k peaks in 24 hrs after doing Hyndman the day before. Beat my time up making it up in 2.5 hrs this time. Soreness was unreal!
Joined 500 of our closest friends and bagged Borah the day of the total solar eclipse. Hazy day from forest fires, but visibility was still pretty good. Summited around 10:00 a.m. then returned below Chicken Out to view the eclipse. Amazing event in a breathtaking location. Chicken out proved to be a lot easier than it is hyped up to be, however the route is a steep slog the entire way.
Snow free the entire route with the exception of the snow crossing. Hard packed and slippery. Stayed high on the ridge pretty much most of the climb, lots of bomber rock, fun scramble.
Like a 5hr stairmaster...
Made it this year after getting snowed out in July of '16. Pretty good weather this time but the mosquitoes were awful. Literally raked them off my arm as opposed to swatting. Chicken Out and the Snow Bridge were both exciting but fairly easy. The last 1,000 vertical ft to the summit though seem severely underrated. Maybe I was worn out by then but that was the worst part for me and I don't remember reading too much about it beforehand.
some easy snow crossings along the way
Super accessible and quick climb! Fun state highpoint that is literally right off the road!
Made it to above 11000 ft where I had to turn around because of approaching storm.
My friend from PA and I gave it a shot, figuring we probably wouldn't make the summit. We got up to COR and decided to turn around due to sketchy snow conditions. We weren't happy about turning around, but decided it was the safest thing to do.
Shortly after we turned around, a dude from Missoula came racing up the ridge. He was going to give it a go and asked us to hang out at the trailhead for a bit in case something happened to him. We then watched him go about another 200 yards before he said, "F*** that!" We were vindicated. ; )