My first 14er and I'm instantly addicted. Hiked the East Ridge taking 2.5 hours to summit and 2 hours on the return. There was some snow at the top but didn't need microspikes. Great views!
Conditions were superb, not too many folks on this trail even though it was a Saturday. Very little wind, great temps!
over 300 people on the trail today. Very easy trail to travel on and follow, a little steep at the end though.
Lots of folks on a Monday, very beautiful early fall colors!
Moderately easy class 1 climb, great views, amazing mountain goats.
This is the first of a half dozen times I've been up this route from all kinds of different trail heads with all kinds of friends. always a fun time...
100 mph winds!
The final push to the upper east ridge was brutal, but overall this is a fairly easy 3k+' of elevation gain. Was within 10 feet of several different goats and could almost touch one on the way down...they're completely desensitized to human presence! I can imagine the views are stunning on a clear day, since they were still great with rain storms rolling in today!
A long trail, but not challenging. Climbed several times in summer.
Difficult to find the trail in the snow pretty often and it was getting late/I was under the weather before I could finish. Will see if there are any improvements this February.
First time I climbed it was in 2007. Fun to do in early spring and ski most of the way back down.
Did this trail in just over two hours. Amazing views with lots of mountain goats.
Kelly and I started hiking up on compacted snow. The day was cloudy and windless.
Kelly got AMS just 20 minutes below the summit. So she started heading down while I ran up to the summit. Spent two minutes at the top, and I headed back to catch up with Kelly 5 minutes later.
Got up early, a fun day.
Very beautiful. but got sick towards the top and almost threw up. otherwise It was a very amazing and beautiful winter ascent.
The day started off beautifully. No wind and mild temps. quickly dissolved into high winds, snow, and bone chilling cold. My Brother and I were accompanied by the "Quandray Dog." A little yellow lab mix that had alot more spunk than my Brother or I could ever muster in such crappy conditions. He was a little annoying at times, but overall kept the moral level high enough to trudge to the top!
1:20 a.m. wake-up call = way too early
12 falls on slippery ice = sore rear-end
1 bent aluminum treking pole - easily fixed
Being 1st to sign the summit registry = priceless
Tried to get two of my friends from Nashville up and the altitude got them before they could get to the top. Thank you Gore for the best garments in the outdoors! 80 mile an hour winds with a -15 degree windchill and colder at times, Gore-Tex rocks! So does Merino wool! Great easy winter ascent though. Give her a shot.
It was a nice hike. Pretty day, with some late thunderstoms. But I manage to get down before the storms came in. But the endless scree, and a herniated disc made things a bit more difficult.