Anybody who considers this route, don’t get too hung up searching for the perfect exit into the Bush when leaving the Willis Gulch trail ~1\2 mile in. There is no real enticing line. Just don’t start up until you are in the aspens. If you are thinking “Is this it?”, then just start walking because there is no “it.” Game trails abound. On the way down I looked hard for a better line and found none. Great route overall. Super fun setting on NE ridge. Just steep and interesting enough to keep you engaged. Maybe one of the best Class 2 lines in the Sasquatch range.
I had plotted a course to climb the Twin Peaks, Rinker, Blaurock, and Ervin. I had the energy, but once I got to the summit of Rinker, I could tell I wasn't going to make it up the final pitch of Blaurock's NE ridge. I still hiked most of the ridge to get a closer look. Beforehand, the only info I had was the topo plus a comment on a furthermore TR that it looked like it was class 3 (from Blaurock's summit). From my vantage point, it looked like some of the worst steep choss imaginable. I guess I should've known based on the fact that no one had a TR for that route. I gave some thought to traversing down a few hundred feet and over to the Blaurock/Ervin saddle, but in the end figured I'd just save those two for a Winfield start.
With Megan Berry. Went up the ridge more or less directly from the bridge out of the Willis TH parking lot. Long slog. Went all the way along the ridge to the head of the Big Willis Gulch valley. Trail down better than I expected: one short section has been overrun with willows.
Via Big Willis Gulch , long approach, not much elevation gain in first 3-4 miles. Once we start hiking steep slope above Willis lake things changes rapidly.Nice hike, great views from top of Rinker Peak, as soon as we sumited storm moved in, so no Twin Peaks attempt. Nice day.
With Livingston from Mexico, Jay and Brian.
The wife, pup and I. Steep start!!
A dead of winter ascent up the Ne Ridge...lots and lots of deep trail breaking and a very challenging ascent but worth the effort!
Steep ascent up the NE ridge of Twin Peaks and then over to Rinker. Gains about 4000' in 3 1/4 miles! Decided to make a loop of it and descended the south slopes and back out along the Big Willis Gulch trail. The trail is becoming overgrown in places and it feels much more remote than it really is, which was a nice surprise considering how close to the highway these peaks are.
A very aerobic workout on this one! The final push to the saddle is extremely steep and unpleasant..made it off the summit before it began hailing and thundering for a bitter sweet descent. A soggy slog,
Long slog up steep, grassy slopes to the Rinker - Twin Peaks saddle. Descended Twin Peaks' NE ridge.
This is one of my favorite summit views in the Sawatch. Really a spectacular and seldom visited peak. We descended all the way down the southwest ridge to Upper Willis Gulch to see the prominent mine tailings down below. The trail out of upper Willis is overgrown with willows, etc. We got dumped on with rain the whole way out and were completely soaked. Still worth it, as this is a spectacular peak.
Hiked Rinker on a nice, sunny July day. Great views of Mt. Elbert and Casco Peak.