Thunder Butte Climber's Log

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JColky - Jun 13, 2020 8:38 am Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2020

Fun Quick Peak with Great Views in Lost Creek!  Sucess!

Fantastic climb. Summited around noon, back to the car before two. No trail, saw one or two other groups in the saddle on the way up.


JesseSumrak - Oct 14, 2019 7:33 am Date Climbed: Oct 12, 2019

Beautiful October Hike  Sucess!

Started close to 6am with my buddy Ben. The drive there ended up being as long as the hike. We hit the summit a little after sunrise. Beautiful conditions. Little bit of snow on top, but nothing too nasty.


BKiser90 - Oct 12, 2019 11:43 am Date Climbed: Oct 12, 2019

A Cold October Morning for Colorado Mountainous COHP #8  Sucess!

Started with my friend Jesse around 6 am on the Southwest Slopes route. The thermometer read 22 degrees. It snowed two days previous and I was worried that the cover would make things difficult, but, luckily, there was little snow on the route. This was a great time to go because the brush we hiked through was relatively tame. Fun little butte with great 360 degree views.

vimana aircraft

vimana aircraft - Dec 25, 2015 4:18 pm Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2015

:-)  Sucess!

Thunder Butte!!!!!!


MattK - Mar 6, 2014 12:24 pm Date Climbed: Mar 5, 2014

Southwest slopes  Sucess!

The pup and I.

Sarah Simon

Sarah Simon - Sep 8, 2013 5:17 pm Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2013

SW Slopes  Sucess!

Great day out with Logan the mutt, warm and sunny. The raspberries were fully ripe and it's amazing I made it to the summit as I stopped every few minutes to enjoy fresh fruit! Great views of Pikes Peak and the Tarryalls from the summit. Certainly a bit of subtle complexity on this route - lots of minute gullies and ridges that are too small to appear on a topo - do pay attention! Great day out.


telemarkdude - Aug 4, 2013 8:41 pm Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2013

SW Slopes  Sucess!

12 years later, still lots of devastation... but also nice to see how much vegetation has returned.


belexes - Jun 2, 2013 5:43 pm Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2013

Southwest Slopes  Sucess!

CMC hike. It was a little windy, but otherwise it was a fine day. We had no trouble reaching the summit, but we wandered about just a little on the way back. We saw no one else this day. Not too many visitors, according to the summit register.


Fletch - Dec 28, 2012 1:32 pm Date Climbed: Apr 9, 2011

not much with the fires...  Sucess!

Wife was a good sport here

Brian Kalet

Brian Kalet - Mar 21, 2011 12:45 pm Date Climbed: Mar 19, 2011

2 Peaks  Sucess!

With South Noddle Head.

Jeremy Hakes

Jeremy Hakes - Jan 26, 2011 1:33 pm Date Climbed: Jan 12, 2008

Great!  Sucess!

A nice county HP.


cftbq - Nov 10, 2009 6:05 pm Date Climbed: Nov 10, 2009

southwest slopes/south ridge  Sucess!

Picked this one almost at random, for a nice outing with the dogs on a mild November day. Visited the unranked peak to the south, which is about 9,420 even though the map shows a BM at 9,287 farther south. Only 3 pages of entries in the register since January of 2008. A total bushwhack.

jjyach - Oct 12, 2009 4:25 pm Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2009

Route Climbed: Southwest Slopes  Sucess!

Impressive view of nature's power


kavak - Jul 11, 2008 10:08 am Date Climbed: Apr 26, 1987

Southwest Slope  Sucess!

It was still quite a bushwhack at a time when no one really climbed this peak much. The county summits weren't considered a goal as much as they are today. And yes it was prior to the Hayman fire. We had a nice visit in a log cabin close to the base of the mountain with one of the local residents, a member of our party knew. He gave us a nice history of the area.


argothor - May 11, 2008 10:53 pm Date Climbed: May 10, 2008

Beautiful May day  Sucess!

While burned over, this area still has lots of scenic beauty to offer. From the summit there are spectacular views of Pikes Peak, far to the south the Sangre de Cristos can be seen, and the Tarryall Mountains just to the west. Beautiful sunny day.


surgent - Aug 28, 2007 3:52 pm Date Climbed: May 23, 2004

Not long after the fire  Sucess!

No underbrush anywhere, and sloppy footing to the top, but still a nice hike, given the conditions. View from the top was sobering.


peakrat76 - May 4, 2006 6:32 pm Date Climbed: Apr 8, 2006

Route Climbed: Southwest Slopes  Sucess!

My wife and I were very impressed by the Hayman devastation. The climb was a good early season conditioner, and the summit views great.

Doug Shaw - Jul 31, 2005 8:03 pm

Route Climbed: Southwest Slopes Date Climbed: 7/30/2005  Sucess!

I've been up TB four times and every time the paper in the register has been wet - the tube leaks. So I replaced both the PVC tube and the old, damp, mildewed summit register and replaced them with a small notebook in a glass jar. Hopefully it doesn't leak. :)

Although the trees are all still dead, groundcover is returning fast in the burn area. In April 2004 the crossing of Shrewsbury Gulch was on dirt and sub-ankle-high grasses. This time we were bushwhacking through grasses and plants that were 4-6 feet high, and very dense! Stuff is also beginning to grow higher up on the peak as well, although obviously not to that extent...

Scott Wisher

Scott Wisher - Jul 4, 2005 10:23 am

Route Climbed: Southwest Slopes Date Climbed: July 2, 2005  Sucess!

The burn damage is extensive. However, a lone aspen survived the fire at the peak. As you look at over the valley, It's amazing how the fire does not burn indiscriminately, it leaves little islands of life throughout.

Overall, a very good 1/2 day hike. Didn't see a soul until I was almost back at the trailhead on CR Nine-J.

Larry V

Larry V - Aug 14, 2004 7:03 pm Date Climbed: May 24, 2004

Thunder Butte revisited  Sucess!

7/25/09: Return trip 5 years later to see how the revegetation is progressing, which is, slower than I expected. Got well scratched up by the bramble bushes. This is still one very desolate area. Scrambled more or less directly to the summit instead of going by the saddle.

5/24/04: I went solo and didn't see a soul all day. I was overwhelmed with the devastation of the Hayman fire, since I hadn't visited the burned area up close until this day. Thunder Butte marks my first county highpoint climb done expressly for that purpose. Some day I would like to visit all the Colorado county high points west of Denver.

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