Pettingell Peak Climber's Log

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astrobassman - Oct 10, 2009 7:00 pm Date Climbed: Oct 10, 2009

Winter in October  Sucess!

Couldn't get over the divide to meet my friend since the tunnel was closed, so I went up Pettingell. Very cold and windy, but a nice day. Had to avoid loaded spots above the lake.


Gareth - Jul 20, 2008 10:00 pm Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2008

"The Citadel" to Pettingell Peak Traverse  Sucess!

I climbed over to Pettingell from "The Citadel" with slowpoke. It was a long day and I made it even longer by nearly climbing to the summit of UN 13,215 before turning around due to nearby cloud development. Pettingell's North Ridge turned out to be quite a scramble!


slowpoke - Jul 20, 2008 11:19 am Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2008

via Citadel  Sucess!

Climbed via ridge connecting with the Citadel. Continued down to Herman Gulch by following the divide (east ridge) down to the saddle below Woods Mountain. A long day!


altitude14er - Jul 5, 2008 4:48 pm Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2008

Route Climbed: South Slopes, steep snow deviation  Sucess!

Me and "Asphazell" hiked up to Herman Lake at night with headlamps. We camped near the lake and started this climb at 5:30am. A cold morning and amazing glissade from summit to lake!


kavak - Jun 26, 2008 10:11 am Date Climbed: Sep 8, 1985

East Ridge Route  Sucess!

There had been a snowstorm the day before, so it added a bit of winter to the climb. Enjoyed spending some time at Herman Lake after descending the south route.


SarahThompson - Mar 31, 2008 1:16 pm Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2006

Traverse from the Citadel  Sucess!

Not sure why, but we traversed from the Citadel on an incredibly rainy day - the kind where it just rains steadily all day. We were wet but not cold enough to care. The traverse took a lot of concentration since the rock was wet and slimy. One 15 meter rappel was required to overcome a 5th class step.


MountainHikerCO - Mar 22, 2008 10:32 am Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2005

Traverse  Sucess!

We went up the east ridge, which involves some scrambling and route finding. We came down the south west ridge to return to Herman Gulch.


MattK - Dec 28, 2007 6:49 pm Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2007

Pettingell  Sucess!

Wife, dog and I. East Ridge with descent of South Slopes.


chicagotransplant - Nov 19, 2007 10:15 am Date Climbed: Nov 17, 2007

Southeast Slopes  Sucess!

Morning snow hung around the summit all climb, couldn't see much in the snow and fog but it was an enjoyable outing none the less. I was supposed to be skiing Vail, but the lack of snow this month delayed their opening so the snow was actually welcome!

Foxy Long Bottoms

Foxy Long Bottoms - Jul 8, 2007 6:39 pm Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2007

Various  Sucess!

First I hit point 13,418 and then continued up the S. slopes to summit. I descended the N. Ridge. Really starting to enjoy doing these peaks by myself. I didn't see anyone moving past Herman lake so I felt like I had the whole place to myself.

Super easy day.

BTW. . .if you stay on the ridge to descend or ascend the headwall, that sucker is 5th class! At least the way that I went down the crack was. Everything else seemed to be 2+. It was no more difficult than the 2+ Ridge on Edwards.


hhsilleck - Jun 15, 2007 12:33 pm Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2007

Route Climbed: South Slopes

Still quite a bit of snow. A really nice summit view in all directions.

Brian Kalet

Brian Kalet - Mar 19, 2007 3:38 pm Date Climbed: Mar 18, 2007

South Slopes  Sucess!

Skied from the summit!


Gahugafuga - Jun 20, 2006 7:14 pm Date Climbed: Sep 21, 2005

East Ridge  Sucess!

Only regret was that the scrambling portion wasn't longer. We were practically by ourselves in Herman Gulch. Funny how after Labor Day, everyone forgets there's still viable hiking.

Ryan Kowalski

Ryan Kowalski - May 19, 2006 11:37 pm Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2001

Nice hike  Sucess!

A beautiful warm fall day. My friend John and I took a half hour nap on top and descended the east ridge for some fun.

royswkr - May 10, 2006 9:36 pm Date Climbed: Sep 9, 1997

From Jones Pass  Sucess!

CDT not built yet


markhyams - Mar 3, 2006 4:52 pm Date Climbed: Sep 23, 2001

SE slopes  Sucess!

This was one of those legendary fall days in CO. Not a single cloud. We started at noon, and had a perfect day.

Larry V

Larry V - Oct 1, 2005 9:40 pm

Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: 1 October 2005  Sucess!

Thanks for the good directions on the East Ridge route, Kane. Clear, warm day. Encountered first patch of snow at 12,400', and worked around bigger patches from there to summit. It's a nice climb, reminded me of Kelso Ridge on Torreys, only harder.

I didn't realize Herman Lake was such a popular destination. 71 people signed in at the trailhead today (prior to 3:00 p.m.)

Scott Wisher

Scott Wisher - Sep 5, 2005 9:53 am

Route Climbed: South Slopes (modified) Date Climbed: September 4, 2005  Sucess!

Instead of ascending up the drainage on the north/east side of Hermans Lake, we decided to ascend straight up the southwestern face. This ascent made it more challenging due to the extremely loose talus the whole way up. To find my route, look for a drainage to the southwest of the route described by Aaron Johnson.

To see more pictures from this hike that I haven't posted, click here.


miztflip - Aug 1, 2005 7:23 pm

Route Climbed: East Ridge Loop Date Climbed: 1 August, 2005  Sucess!

A great hike along a fun ridge. The climbing was mostly Class 2 with a few very short sections of class 3. The rock was good and the views great.


ColoradoScott - Feb 9, 2005 2:20 pm

Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: July 24, 1994  Sucess!

This is a beautiful 13er close to Denver/Boulder but the trail to Herman Lake is as crowded as most 14ers on summer weekends. The mountain itself is rarely summited by these hikers, more content with the beauty of Herman Lake and the abundant wildflowers in this valley.

Unlike Kane's route description of the east ridge, I continued to hike the trail all the way to the eastern shore of Herman Lake. From there, head due north up steep grassy slopes and some loose scree to the obvious saddle on the ridge, 900' above the lake. The fun Class III part of the eastern ridge begins at this saddle. I continued up the ridge, avoiding most of the towers by using ledges on the south of the ridge.

My descent was more direct as well, heading down the SE face from the small saddle SW of the summit and Point 13,418. This grassy face leads down to a ramp, which by staying to the north, leads directlly back to the north shore of Herman Lake.

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