Rinker Peak & Twin Peaks Climber's Log

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theREALCarpeDM

theREALCarpeDM - Feb 3, 2016 11:55 am Date Climbed: Oct 10, 2015

Beautiful weather - from Willis Gulch  Sucess!

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.

ajberry

ajberry - Jul 13, 2014 9:00 am Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2014

Nice ridge!  Sucess!

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.

Senad Rizvanovic

Senad Rizvanovic - Jun 23, 2014 8:13 am Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2014

Big Willis Gulch   Sucess!

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.

MattK

MattK - Nov 5, 2012 8:31 am Date Climbed: Nov 4, 2012

Northeast Ridge  Sucess!

The wife, pup and I. Steep start!!

Matt Lemke

Matt Lemke - Feb 27, 2012 1:49 pm Date Climbed: Feb 26, 2012

NE Ridge  Sucess!

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!

chicagotransplant

chicagotransplant - Jun 15, 2009 10:05 am Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2009

NE Ridge  Sucess!

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.

altitude14er

altitude14er - Sep 28, 2008 12:23 am Date Climbed: Sep 27, 2008

Route Climbed: South Slopes  Sucess!

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,

SarahThompson

SarahThompson - Mar 29, 2008 5:43 pm Date Climbed: Nov 11, 2006

From Willis Gulch  Sucess!

Long slog up steep, grassy slopes to the Rinker - Twin Peaks saddle. Descended Twin Peaks' NE ridge.

Brian Kalet

Brian Kalet - Sep 10, 2007 12:01 pm Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2007

Northeast Ridge (ascent). South Slopes (descent)  Sucess!

7:40 roundtrip.

Ryan Kowalski

Ryan Kowalski - Aug 7, 2006 1:11 am Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2006

Route Climbed, NE Ridge  Sucess!

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.

Kane

Kane - Jul 10, 2003 6:17 am

Route Climbed: South Face Date Climbed: 7-6-2003  Sucess!

Hiked Rinker on a nice, sunny July day. Great views of Mt. Elbert and Casco Peak.

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