10/2 from Shelf and Solitude Lake
2006 Unsuccessful attempt on AMU.
This mountain appears uninteresting from Estes Park, but the route is more beautiful than loftier peaks. The creek-crossing and stiff off-trail climb up to the lakes is worth the price of admission. Unparalleled views of McHenrys and Powell, not to mention Chiefs Head, Pagoda, the Spearhead, and Longs.
peaked at 3, asthma attacks, oy
arrowhead, mchenrys, powell, thatchtop... a well earned beer is being drunk :0
Hiked up the S Gully which was much better than expected. Great views all around from the summit. I climbed Thatchtop enroute to the NE ridge of Powell, the over Taylor, up Otis and down Andrews Glacier. Great little hike. Car to Car 6:43.
Climbed 3 of 4 pitches on "All Mixed Up" ice on SE bowl. Was getting late decided to head down. Back to treeline by dark. With Ben, Jim, and Eric.
Turned back ~500 vertical feet from the summit due to incoming weather. Reached Glacier Gorge just as it began to storm. This is a beautiful route; Shelf/Solitude Lakes are gorgeous and the views from the slopes of Thatchtop stunning. Steep but fun scramble/bushwhack out of Glacier Gorge.
Went up via Shelf and Solitude Lakes which are among the prettiest in the park. Very steep hike up to the lakes. Got caught in a thunderstorm on top and ended up going down the north slopes- lots of routefinding problems coming down that way.
Nice route with beautiful lakes along the way!
Total ascents = 6. Great view of Upper Glacier Gorge from the summit.
The S gully is not difficult, but watch for loose rocks. The .8 mile tundra slope above the gully seems to keep going and going, but you are rewarded at the summit with a great view of Longs Peak and the surrounding high peaks. We decended via Solitude Lake, Shelf Lake, and "Bench Falls". The wild flowers were out in force making this area one of my favorite places in RMNP. From there we decended to the Glacier Gorge trail and looped back to the parking lot.