After my failed attempt in 2004 (too much snow) I decided to try again after everything had dried off. Tiffany, Bailey, and I went up the Skyline Trail and then back via Rincon La Vaca. Rain was messing with us off and on, and with the threat of a thunderstorm we didn't have time to visit The Window. Skyline Trail is a more direct route but Rincon La Vaca is definitely more scenic. This is a beautiful area.
Beautiful mountain in some of the wildest country God ever put on a map.
What a unique experience. The hike to the pass was nice and quiet, as I didn’t see anyone (until I was at the pass). The area was a change from the harsher alpine areas that I had become accustomed to. That evening I sipped coffee as I gazed at the world around me as the day started to drop into sleep and I was lucky enough to spot three moose in the valley below. The next day I didn’t see anyone until I had almost returned to the pass. I had the Pyramid and the Window all to myself. The rock up on the peak is loose and required a certain care, but wasn’t too bad. At the top I was treated to a great view, especially of the Needles and Grenadiers. After I descended the Pyramid it was off to the Window (over even looser terrain). For some reason I almost thought that the view of the Needles and Grenadiers was better through the Window.
Wow!!!! What a view!! We climbed up from East Ute Creek and circled around to the rock slide just north of the "Window". It is loose, but it is a very fun scramble up to the west face and on to the top. Photos to come.
I climbed this mountain alone in fair weather from my campsite near Weminuche Pass after hiking in from Rio Grande reservoir the previous afternoon. On the way back I also climbed the unnamed 13268 ft peak just to the east. I saw no one on either peak that day.