Square Top Mountain Climber's Log

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smudge - Oct 4, 2005 4:03 pm

Route Climbed: Guanella Pass Date Climbed: Oct. 4, 2005  Sucess!

NIce hike, but at 13k a system moved in and the visibility dropped to about 20 yards. I went on to the summit but will have to save Argentine/Wilcox for another day. I wish I could have seen the great views!


shanahan96 - Sep 20, 2005 5:29 pm

Route Climbed: Guanella Pass Loop Date Climbed: September 20, 2005  Sucess!

Another easy day in the mountains. Really surprised to see a trail so much of the way, but that was great. My first bicentennial.


Steven Cross

Steven Cross - Sep 10, 2005 11:32 pm

Route Climbed: Guanella Pass Date Climbed: Sep. 5, 2005  Sucess!

Had a short day at work, got off at 12:00 so I headed up to Guanella Pass. Started the hike at 2:19 and made it to the top at 4:38. Great views, wonderful hike.


filmgaffer - Aug 7, 2005 5:32 pm

Route Climbed: East route Date Climbed: August 7 2005  Sucess!

Another beautiful day in Colorado. Enjoyed this trail and mountain

Foxy Long Bottoms

Foxy Long Bottoms - Jun 21, 2005 1:19 pm

Route Climbed: Guanella Pass Date Climbed: 2/03  Sucess!

Fun winter slog.


belexes - Jun 2, 2005 9:09 pm

Route Climbed: Guanella Pass Date Climbed: June 2, 2005

I hiked this with the Colorado Mountain Club. The weather looked pretty bad from Denver, but it cleared up a little when we got to the trailhead. It was pretty windy and cold above Square Top Lakes, and there were some ominous clouds over Evans and Bierstadt. We were only on the summit for a few minutes when the leader ordered us back down: he had seen lightning around Bierstadt, so we boogied back down as fast as we could.


altitude14er - Mar 20, 2005 8:18 pm

Route Climbed: From Guenella Pass Date Climbed: 05/2004  Sucess!

Me and asphazell dawned our cramp ons on the final stretch of the North East Ridge in route to the summit


Asphazell - Mar 1, 2005 3:24 pm

Route Climbed: Guanella Pass Date Climbed: April 2004  Sucess!

What a great spring climb! We camped at roughly 11,800...melted snow for our dinners, shared a cigar and watched the sunrise. Awoke early to crampon up the north-eastern ridge and were met with perfect snow conditions.


ColoradoScott - Feb 8, 2005 5:22 pm

Route Climbed: ESE Ridge from Square Top Lakes Date Climbed: May 25, 1986  Sucess!

A nice high altitude mountain that has safe routes and easy access year round.


miztflip - Dec 12, 2004 5:48 pm

Route Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: December 12, 2004  Sucess!

The word of the day was "Lenticular", extremely high winds and cold temps did nothing to take away from an exceptional hike with my wife. The NE ridge provided uniterrupted views all around, the snow was almost non-existent except in the willows.

We encountered an upclose herd of mountain goats numbering over 35. All in all a great winter hike.


CharlesD - Oct 31, 2004 9:05 am

Route Climbed: ascent from Guanella Pass of NE ridge, descent of SE slopes Date Climbed: October 30, 2004  Sucess!

A beautiful, easy hike made much harder by sustained 30 mph winds and sub-zero windchill. Reasonably hard snow meant no snowshoing. The Divide was cloud-shrouded all day and tendrils of that cloud kept blowing in over and through. Square Top, however, was sufficiently east that everything except the summit itself was crystal clear. Great mountain with spectacular scenery, good access and a little bit of everything.

granddeity - Jul 15, 2004 3:11 pm

Route Climbed: Southeast ridge from Guanella Pass Date Climbed: June 13, 2004  Sucess!

I got to the trailhead at 0730, to the lower lake at 0815 and the summit by 1000. Hung out on the summit and searched for the summit register until 1045. Arrived back at trailhead by 1230. The willows were not a problem. It was a beautiful day, perfect for hiking.

brysenn - Jul 12, 2004 3:31 pm

Route Climbed: Guenella Pass Date Climbed: July 10, 2004

We started out at 8:30am and got close to the top of the cirque around noon and decided we should start hiking down before it got too late. The south trail is a very steep and difficult path. Next time we will take the seemingly easier north ridge way.


mr_g - Jun 18, 2004 11:02 pm

Route Climbed: Southeast Ridge Date Climbed: June 18, 2004  Sucess!

Even though it rained all the way to Guanella Pass, we decided to try and summit anyway. Because of this decision, we ran into rain, hail, snow, fog, clouds, lightning, sun and very high winds.

Visibility was about 50-100 feet on the way up. We reached the summit in 3 hours - longer than anticipated due to trying to see the route and mountain. We finally achieved the summit ridge amidst 40-50 mph winds and extreme cold.

We left the summit after a few pictures, but somehow dropped down too early to the south due to visibility still being bad. Lightning and snow greeted us in the south gulch area, but the weather suddenly cleared and we were able to determine that we were too far off route and traversed back to the SE ridge. Good thing I always bring a compass and map!

All in all it was an exciting day, but was relieved to get back to the car. Good views and pictures of Bierstadt and the Sawtooth all coverered in snow once the sun came out. A nice, beatiful area too - I want to climb this one again when visibility from the summit is better.


jrf - May 23, 2004 9:40 pm

Route Climbed: Northeast ridge from Guanella Pass Date Climbed: May 22, 2004  Sucess!

Pretty easy hike although for some reason I wasn't feeling well at all by the end of it. We didn't have any route finding difficulties and did some snow climbing instead of taking the easy way down. We intended to find a glissade route back to the lake but we couldn't find anything with a decent runout so we headed back to the ridge.

The trail through the willows leading to the Northeast Ridge is fairly obvious if you keep your eyes open.

Ryan Kowalski

Ryan Kowalski - Apr 19, 2004 3:04 pm

Route Climbed: Guanella Pass Date Climbed: February 12, 2002  Sucess!

This was the coldest, windiest day I've ever experienced! Instant frost nip if you took a glove off. I felt like my eyeballs were going to freeze. As you can tell, it was a great time!


RyanS - Apr 12, 2004 12:34 pm

Route Climbed: Guanella Pass Date Climbed: December 8, 2002  Sucess!

Erin and I used almost the exact route Aaron details for us here on SP. We didn't know about SP at the time, however, and we had no idea that Squaretop's east ridge was a popular ascent route, so this day felt like an adventure to us. Miserable postholing through the willows on the return.


gemgoddis - Feb 2, 2004 2:08 pm

Route Climbed: Guanella Pass, South ridge Date Climbed: May 2003  Sucess!

We started the day intending to hike Mt. Bierstadt. Blame it on our poor sense of direction (or our late night the day before) we ended up on the trail to Squaretop. We had a trusty trail description to rely on (who would have known the dreaded willows exist on both trails). Anyway we ran into a nice couple right above the lake that informed us the trail ended here and it was bushwacking to the top.

So we made our own path to the summit (what I would have done for some good ole switchbacks). Once we got close to the top we realized this wasn't Mt. Bierstadt much to our inexperienced chagrin.

While we looked for a place to each lunch we ran into a man who had just come from hiking 4 other peaks in 3 days. He was on his way to Mt. Bierstadt and then across to Mt. Evans. Wow, I was impressed! Anyway after stifling a laugh he informed us that we were on Squaretop mtn.

It was great day to climb a mountain, even if it was the wrong one ;)


Colonelpyat - Jan 29, 2004 5:26 am

Route Climbed: Guanella Pass, South ridge Date Climbed: A few times  Sucess!

Made it a few times from the Pass and failed from there as well. Watch out for the wind. The south ridge from the Shelf Lake TH on Geneva Creek goes too. Follow the goat poop to the top.


big_g - Jan 20, 2004 9:05 pm Date Climbed: Jan 19, 2004

Route Climbed: Northeast ridge from Guanella Pass  Sucess!

Surprisingly nice day for this summit hike. Not a lot of snow but it was pretty cold. Time for beefier gloves for me.

An enjoyable and safe winter outting.

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