Best wildflowers and lake scenery I've ever experienced. Also visited Island Lake and involved in rescue. Trip report: https://www.bradsnider.com/20180726-2/
Nice scrambling to the summit, pretty cool small summit, amazing views of surrounding mountains.
What an interesting day. After scrambling up Golden Horn, I got to within 120' or so or Vermilion's summit following the NE Ridge. A crux filled with ice stopped me. Couldn't figure out how to bypass it. Downclimbed and traversed the east face & caught the NE Ridge above the saddle.
Hit Fuller afterwards and retraced my steps partially than plung-stepped down to the basin.
MY CENTENNIAL FINISHER!!!!!! :O)
Climbed Vermillion with Fuller via standard route from South Mineral TH. Snow all the way to the saddle and in the summit gully. Nice hike, gorgeous views - another perfect day in San Juans.
Ice Lakes Basin was very scenic. The climb up Vermilion was pretty straight forward with excellent views from the summit.
Just me and a friend, easy route finding from the CG at the bottom via Ice Lake Basin.
Beautiful, exciting climb. Good trail from saddle to top. Very little snow up there this summer.
Fun climb from Golden Horn, descended down SE ridge to Fuller
This basin is awesome! With Dave B. We went up Golden Horn first, then headed up Vermilion's NE ridge. Nice ridge; one 10ft spot seemed tougher than c3 (per Roach), but we may not have been following Roach cuz we were baffled by his instruction to go around one point on the west. Anyway, the worst part was the last 40 or so feet up the dry Vermilion Dollar couloir. Afterwards, we headed to the saddle with Fuller, where I side-tripped up that one while Dave headed down.
Started from the Hope Lake trail and traveled across the high basin to the Fuller-Beattie saddle. Getting to the Fuller-Vermillion saddle involved some classic San Juan scree crossing, but very solid and fun after that to the top. Storms were rolling in early, so we didn't linger long on the summit.
Two ascents. One in 2008, and another on a ridge traverse from Pilot Knob on 7/1/12.
Pretty well-define use trail from the saddle. Trip report.
Beautiful fall day and a great climb. Views of the Wilsons were fantastic. Threw in Fuller as well.
Climbed from Fuller. Looks worse than it is. Great tiny summit. I was going to continue to Golden Horn, but the ridge looked like Class 4/5. Reading other statements, it appears I misjudged. It's OK, since I'd met my daily quota of crumbly scree and talus, and I spent the afternoon exploring the remainder of the Upper Basin.
We ran that morning from Mineral Creek Campground, and covered Fuller Peak, Vermilion, and Golden Horn. It was a nice day.
climbed this nasty bugger w/ihinger on a wonderful, bluebird day....albeit a little cold before 10am. our broken track from the day before helped get us through the early morning darkness towards treeline where ski tracks assisted us for awhile.
vermillion itself was a stiff challenge with possibly dangerous slopes lurking everywhere, causing lots of of zigzagging. summited in the late afternoon light and scurried off the peak before darkness engulfed us once again in the upper valley. sunset on the wilsons was spectacular!
Climbed with BigRob. We had a great time. Lot's of snow in upper basin. It was a beautiful day.
From the Hope Lake TH. Lots of snow still. Second party this year to sign in, and the first beat us up by a couple of hours.
Had planned on tacking Vermilion, Beatie, Fuller, V8, and V9 in a day with my brothers and some friends. Headed up Vermilion first, and was greeted with LOTS of loose rock. There was still a fair amount of snow during the last several hundred feet, which forced us to find an alternate route. Thankfully, another climber pointed out a passable (Class 3) route when things got a little hairy.
After summiting Vermilion, clouds rolled in, and we made the decision (a wise one) to head down before it got bad, though my brother and a friend tagged Beatie Peak first.
I was too lazy that day to climb all those peaks anyway :)
Started at the Hope Lake Trailhead and left the trail at a cairn. Headed east up to the saddle between Vermilion and Beattie Peaks and climbed Vermilion. Had some difficulties making it to the top, with some snow, but found a route along the ridge. Lots of loose rock on this one.