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.
Wife, dog and I. Enjoyable outing. Hiked from Guanella Pass.
I thought I summated this one already. Turns out I was on the wrong mountain. I ended up on Squaretop this time. Ran into some cute guys with lolly pops on the way down. That made my day.
Climbed Square Top with Argentine, Wilcox and Otter mountains. Such an amazing day.
4 mtn goats on summit
My Honda and I got to the Guanella Pass parking lot and saw 12 SUVs. Who needs 'em?!? They all did Bierstadt and Evans; I hiked Squaretop and met only ptarmigan. Napped in the chilly sunshine and had an excellent day all around.
Skied about 20' from the summit.
I intended to cross over Square Top to summit Argentine Peak but only made it this far. The clouds were too dark, big and patchy. Maybe should try the west ridge (Argentine).
Climbed Square Top & Argentine from Guanella Pass on a stellar early spring day. This was the most snow I have seen up here in 3 visits to the area. I climbed the east ridge to avoid any avy danger. The traverse across the willows wasn't bad.
The morning stared out beautiful and sunny with plenty of fresh powder from the previous nights storm. It clouded up in the afternoon and got cold. I went from a t-shirt and no hat or gloves in the morning to a full Burton ski jacket, gloves, fleece hat AND hoodie & ski goggles by 2:00pm.
It was a good, long, strenous day though.
Total ascents = 5. Good early season 13'er, as long as avalanche condtions are minimal.
Short and sweet. My buddy even went swimming in one of those alpine tarns you pass on the way.
Climbed with fellow SP member, Woodie. There were two other climbing parties on the mountain besides us. Nice views of Grays and Torreys. It was an unusually warm day, with record high temps in Denver, and about 25F on the summit at 10:45 a.m.
Climbed with Larry V during winter Colorado SP outing. Great hike- we couldn't have had better luck with the weather. Snowshoes would have been helpful but not necessary.
Want to avoid the crowds on the 4th? Climb Square Top, I didn't see anyone else the entire route.