Left Guanella Pass around 6:15 with only 20 or so cars in the parking lots. By the time I looked back around 7:30 it was more like 300. Descending into the basin just off the parking lot there was a little frost on the ground...Nice. I had the mountain all to myself; encountering people coming up once I was 30 minutes off the summit. Got in a nice glasade too.
Beautiful hike, summer is here at full speed,i really enjoyed this hike, late start but no complains!
Biked from Arvada and camped below Guanella Pass on Friday. Biked up from my camp to the Pass on Saturday morning and summited Squaretop. Biked home on Sunday.
Hiked this peak with the CMC. Our group included a 78 year old man! Great to see Sarah.Simon on the summit ridge with Deb and we all got a summit shot together! Great weather. A little bit windy on the way down but overall a great day!!
Enjoyed this pleasant day on the tundra with Deb. Still plenty of snow up top. We made a fine loop of this outting. Fantastic weather. Ran into ErikaRN on the summit ridge!
By the time I got to Guanella Pass at 7:45 there were already hordes of cars parked, but nobody was on their way to Square Top. I had this beautiful mountain to myself and I didn't miss the extra 200 feet! I ascended the SE ridge and descended the class 2 talus of the NE ridge.
I don't recall this one being too difficult, good views.
Together with Decatur (12,890 ft) and Argentine Peak (13,738), Square Top Mountain was one of the first peaks in Colorado I climbed. The date is just a guess - it was quite a long time ago. We camped at Shelf Lake, gained the ridge to the west, and then hiked the ridge to each of the high points.
Hiked up square top and argentine from Guanella pass - nice alternative to bierstadt and good views.
Rkymtn and I enjoyed a windy and cold day on Square Top. Didn't see anyone else till we got close to the parking lot. A good half day training climb.
18 June 2005
This climb makes for a great training day. Beautiful weather and only 3 others on the mountain made for a great day.
Threw on a heavy pack with Haliku as a workout prior to endeavors south of the border.
This makes for a great, relatively easy winter outing (well, at least it did before they stopped plowing Guanella Pass). Terribly windy and cold up high as usual.
a late start and thunderstorms had us turning back just below the summit
Summited Square Top Mountain, Argentine Peak and Mt. Wilcox on a bluebird day from near the Guanella Campground. Saw lots of mountain goats on the west ridge and wild flowers were everywhere. Still a little snow here and there but it can be avoided.
This was a great bluebird day to hike ST's NE Ridge. Nice season opener for me.
Skinned from Guanella Pass Road to the bench above Silver Dollar Lake. Bootpacked the North "Couloir" to the summit ridge at 13,600' then Hiked talus to the summit. Skied from the summit ridge (not the summit) all the way back to the car.
Climbed with two work buddies from the Fire Department. Chased from the summit by intense lightning and hail.
This was my fourth climb of Square Top. MountainHikerette finished up the fourteeners in 01, so in 02 we did several thirteeners.
Square Top was the first mountain I ever attempted back in 1983. We were turned back by lightning. Later that summer I climbed James Peak to make it my first summit. I still wanted to climb Square Top so I came back for it and was successful this time.