First day in Colorado this summer. Coming in from Austin the night before, this was a great starter hike and one I enjoyed a lot. The trail was well marked, and full of people. I did see some mountain goats on the way down.
This was Kai's first 14er. We started at 5:15am and submitted at 8:10am. Beautiful morning, not a cloud in the sky. Calm and sunny on the summit.
Too damn windy. Minor frostbite on the nose is good proof that you made it though.
Started at the lower trailhead at 5:45 am. It was cold (5 degrees), but it was calm and perfectly clear. I used my MSR snowshoes the whole way up since my snowboard boots have little grip, though otherwise would not have been necessary. Reached the summit at 10:15 am, which was my first 14ner winter ascent. Being early on a Monday morning, there was very low traffic. Only one person passed me going up at about 13K, but he went up and passed me coming down just before the top. I was then fortunate to enjoy the summit by myself and have an early lunch with no one in sight. It was a beautiful sunny day with low winds. I was very impressed with the views, more spectacular than I had expected, and for most of the trail up. I was only able to board down two 100 yard stretches from near the summit. But the slopes near the treeline were epic. Some of the best powder runs I've had outside of resorts. I did see several climbers and skinners as I was coming down. I was back to the car just before 1 pm.
Conga line but fun.
Climbed the west ridge & a south facing couloir - not really my favorite peak
via East Ridge with Wasatch Mountain Club group. There were at least 50 people on the summit when we got there, and some hundreds of hikers that day. I can understand with ease of access and nice views/weather that day.
More fun than it looks. Mostly not particularly hard. Couple chimneys in lower part Class 4/5 and then first major tower (but not mandatory).
Summit and parking was VERY busy for a weekday.
I liked it, the last 1,100 vertical feet were hard, but the first mile was the hardest. Pretty easy otherwise.
Cruised to the top in just under 2 hours to catch the sunrise, then ran down in just about 45 minutes. What an awesome morning! Beautiful hike, but the 6-7am crowd was crazy busy. Glad I started at 4.
Solo (with 1,000 of my closest friends in the parade up and down).
Great hike marred by my partner having to bag out with only 400ft. to go vertical. I summited and then came back to him, along with about 80 other people!
Awesome views, weather and company. Liked the forest approach. Climbed with Dave and Brian. 4th 14er in five days!
Consistently steep pretty much the whole way. Carrying my 31 pound 3 year old definitely gave me a workout. We made it down in about an hour though. Great day, good weather. Some wind on the ridge but not bad on top. 14er #3 for my 3 year old, and our 3rd in CO since moving here.
This is a very popular 14er and you should be prepared for a circus at the summit and quite a line to get up. We arrived at the trailhead at 5:45 Sunday morning. The main lot was full by 6 when we started hiking. Do this hike on a weekday if you can. We summited in just over 2 hours as 2 hikers in good shape. Truly spectacular views but we would probably not do this one again on a weekend.
w/ good views
summiting my first 14er had to be the best experience I've had to this day!