Tom and I met at Red Mountain Pass early in the morning to climb Trico Peak in the San Juans. The snow was nice and hard for the climb up. We climbed up the east ridge of Trico. It was a bit more dicey than expected since the snow was blown into a knife edge with nearby cornices, but we made it to the summit. Our ice axes were definitely needed.
After enjoying the summit, we descended the north ridge until we could glissade into the basin. We then snowshoed through the basins and back to the pass. The snow got very soft by the end of the climb. It was a beatiful day.
My map showed a trail starting from where Black Bear Pass road leaves 550 (just S of Red Mtn Pass), heading NW in the direction of unnamed 13510. Unfortunately I couldn't find it, so I drove partway up the road and parked. I hiked up the road to a major left-turn switchback at about 12000', where the map showed another trails contouring north. This one I found, although it was faint.
I followed that trail for a ways and then aimed to keep heading north to intersect with the original trail, which I never did find. In any case, after skirting a few snowfields and dealing with a bit of scree, I reached the saddle between Trico and 13510. I turned left (S) and scrambled up the N ridge of Trico. It's fairly steep but short, not difficult but you do have to be careful on loose rock.
At the summit I enjoyed views in all directions, then headed down along the E ridge. This was easier but longer than the N ridge. I angled SE back toward the road, although I probably should have followed the ridge all the way as it petered out. At the road, I jogged back down to my car just as some trickles began to fall. An excellent outing!
Strava track should be here:
Up to Richmond Pass from 550: T8, T7, Telluride, Trico and down via Black Bear to 550. Nice traverse. Three tricky bits: 1. towers on ridge between Richmond Pass and T8 - bypass to N; 2. towers near T8-T7 col - bypass N by dropping into Imogene Basin; 3. N ridge of Trico - steep, loose but never worse than 2+
Scrambled up from Black Bear Pass on a perfect September morning. The views south towards the Grenadiers is what stood out the most.
Climbed the East Ridge with Jaime, Sky and Dakota from Red Mtn Pass. We hiked up Black Bear Pass road to the little unnamed lake around 12,500' where we gained the ridge. I thought the ridge was class 2 maybe class 2+ fairly stable with little if any exposure. Dakota (Border/Lab) ran up it with no problem summiting first!
10/30/10 - from Red Mountain Pass, deep snow - above my knees, with Michael Covington and Duchess.
3/25/14 - nice ski descent, steep below the summit, solo, great spring conditions with low avy danger that day, but otherwise prone to avalanches
4/30/17 - great hike after fresh snow, lovely ridge, ski descent a little avy into the bowl between Trico and 13,510 peak, with Ben.
Combined with T10 and UN13510 from Black Bear Rd at Red Mtn Pass. North ridge looked to be pretty spicy with snow, so I traversed around to the south ridge.
Climbed from Red Mtn Pass and traversed over to T 11 for a ski descent.
climbed trico from red mountain pass with jamie and mike. 3.5 miles and 2350' vertical made for a nice recovery day after climbing 5000'+ the previous day on the kendalls.
the ridge narrowed considerably the final quarter-mile before the summit making for an interesting, albeit fairly easy, mountaineering challenge. fun day, great weekend!
1st:4/27/08 Climbed the East Ridge from Red Mountain Pass with Shanahan96 and Jamie Nellis. Nice route, some fun exposure on the ridge near the summit. Lots of great looking ski lines off this peak and its neighbors, have to come back with the skis sometime!
2nd: 6/3/17 Solo, east ridge up and was able to ski from near the summit off the NE face into the bowl with 13510. Was a little late in the season for that line as the gully off the summit was starting to melt out and had a tricky rocky section to negotiate. Nice to finally get up to ski in this area!
3rd: 5/27/18 with Rachael, east ridge. Incredibly dry for this time of year, only a couple of very short sections of snow on the crest to deal with. Did this in about 2-1/2 hours round trip in late afternoon before dinner. A nice bonus peak!
Started from top of Bridal Veil Falls and made a loop over Telluride Peak, UN 13510, Trico Peak, "T10" & Three Needles.
Walked up the Black Bear pass road, and combined this with T10 that day.
Fairly easy hike, especially from the south ridge, we did not know it was so much easier until we got to the top. A good round trip the way we did it. My directions are a little off, it was two years ago.
Please see my trip report. Edit: Deleted Trip report due to elves.
A beautiful, and fairly easy, hike up from Black Bear Pass yielded a gorgeous view from the summit. I had previously (several weeks prior) attempted to summit Trico via the EXTREMELY steep scree of the southwest face-- this was a horrible idea, more inspired by ignorance than anything else. Getting to the summit via the South Ridge was enjoyable and added a redemptive factor as well. Thanks to SP member Nader for his page and directing me to the proper route.
Spent three hours on the summit all alone. Perfect sunny day. Great views.