Got started around 6AM. Was able to make it to trail head easily with 2WD sedan. Very windy day with mixed conditions. Very icy below treeline, would suggest traction. Very snowy above treeline (where the trail disappears) which certainly requires snow shoes. Could not stand on summit because it was so windy. Got back around 11AM.
East Ridge from St Vrain trail. Unfortunately a very foggy mountains, only a few short glimpses of Longs, Meeker and Pagoda but mostly no views.
Beautiful day for a hike. Took the Saint Vrain Mountain trail from Allenspark. Spotty clouds all afternoon but not actual storms.
Climbed it as a teenager. Probably the easiest 12,000 foot peak there is.
Deep snow and some trail finding made for an interesting day. Summit was beautiful and enjoyed the snow climb.
Hiked up this bad boy with awful, crusty snow conditions. Went with Sarah Simon. :o)
White out conditions top. Meandered on over to Meadow Mountain afterwards. Snow made for a long day.
Sadly, the views weren't there.
Seems like a good place in good weather.
Mixed snowpack made travel interesting - unconsolidated sugar snow in the trees called for snowshoes and windblown hard pack on the east ridge almost merited crampons. However, the weather was near perfect - warm and relatively windless for CO winter. My wife and I were thrilled to top out and dedicate this climb to Haliku. This was a peak he and I abandoned after climbing Meadow in the worst winds either of us had ever encountered. RIP my friend!
Nice hike, there is nothing better than spend Friaday hiking, now i'm ready for weekend. Nice solo hike, amazing views of Wild Basin and Longs Peak.
Fun summit with some deep snow at times (in late april).
A bit blustery once out of the trees. Great skiing once back down in glades....to bad I suck at tele skiing.
CMC hike. We had just finished climbing Meadow Mountain in high winds and blowing snow, and the leader asked us if we wanted to continue on to St Vrain. Everyone was doing alright despite the conditions, so we climbed it. As before, one hiker decided to remain at the base of the mountain while we made the ascent from the east. The wind wasn't too bad until we neared the summit, then it really started to blow. As with Meadow, there wasn't much to see, so we didn't stay too long.
Finally! This was my 5th time to the trailhead and first summit. 1st time: I was a totally unprepared newbie climbing on an Oct/Nov afternoon when it started to snow. 2nd time: started snowshoeing in Feb about noon when I knew I had to be somewhere later in the afternoon. 3rd time: a partner was recovering from a cold and needed to turn back. 4th time: rangers closed the trail due to a mother and her young (they wouldn't say what species).
Got socked in by some pretty inclement weather, I owe my life to whoever built the rock shelter on the summit
Easy climb, great weather & trail conditions. Plenty of thirst-quenching, cold, snowmelt runoff.
Great day out with pretty much everything you could ask for in a hike/modest summit. Saw a family of Bighorn sheep on the way down.
Snowshoed the pair from the St. Vrain Mountain Trailhead with my girlfriend Meghan. Incredible view of the entire Wild Basin from the summit.
So, I hear there are nice views from this summit. I dunno, all I saw was whiteout. The approach is pleasant and we were visited by the Ptarmigan on both the ascent & descent. Not long after leaving the saddle, however, conditions deteriorated rapidly. We didn't spent much time at the summit, and the descent was honestly miserable: Iced over lenses, zero visibility, snow shoes catching on invisible rocks, etc. We rejoiced upon reaching treeline! Partners: Ricardo's CMC trip with Mike.
Climbed this with my roommate in April. We were caught up in a blizzard, and somehow lost each other in the whiteout. Luckily we found each other and continued our climb. The snow was very deep and pretty physically demanding, considering I left my snowshoes at the base. This winter we will be back with skis for some awesome backcountry that we saw on the hike up.
I met a friendly, white ptarmigan that followed by around for awhile. Total isolation up there.