Ice Lake Basin is one of the most beautiful alpine spots I've seen in Colorado. After bagging Fuller Peak we made our way over to Vermilion. Made good time to the summit as route finding seemed obvious.
Freaking awesome area. Camped above the lower basin. Did Fuller first, then Beattie, then Vermilion. I wanted to save Golden Horn for a trip with a friend later on.
7/3/06 - Standard route from Ice Lakes Basin with Golden Horn. What a spectacular place!
9/3/07 - This time I took a non-standard route from the west near Lake Hope. We made a loop over "V9", "V8", Beattie Peak, Fuller Peak, and finally Vermilion. The scree on this side of the peak looks steep and unwelcoming, but it wasn't too bad. Faint trails helped a bit. This is hands down one of my favorite areas in Colorado and I think I enjoyed my 2nd ascent of Vermilion even more than the 1st.
3/12/17 - Winter ascent from Trout Lake. Exceptional conditions allowed for a safe ascent. The final traverse below the ridge crest to reach the summit was slightly puckery with snow. Awesome day out.
quite fun doing so many peaks that close together
Hail storms in the mountains are sweet
Climbed with Fuller, Golden Horn was next, but hail turned us around early. still a fun climb, even descending through crappy lightning free weather.
Vermilion was my final CO county highpoint, so it was a special hike. Very airy summit perch! Went over to Fuller and Beattie before weather rolled in.
Climbed this one as part of the SP Summer Gathering. I had already climbed Golden Horn earlier in the year and split with the group to head up Vermilion and Fuller instead. It stayed overcast all morning but never rained, we got lucky for sure!
A great combination with a summit of Golden Horn first. This has to be one of my favorite Colorado 13ers.
From "V 8", Beattie Peak & Fuller Peak. To Golden Horn. 9 hours roundtrip.
Spent the weekend in the ice lakes basin, made an attempt at vermillion but weather turned against me, no loss though, the ice lakes are awesome and the hike up is great!
Pretty area. No snow when I went up through Ice Lakes Basin
Headed out a little too late from mineral creek and made for a long wet day. It's a long round trip from the bottom, but an easy climb. Got snowed out on my previous attemt so I was glad to make the summit!!
Easy route, was a little disapointed that i couldn't go directly down the ridge to link up with Golden Horn. Had to go back to the saddle and traverse under the peak. Scary since it was hard snow on a steep slope and i was in sneakers.
Spent a tough day in Ice Lakes Basin. T-storms moved in before 8 a.m., so Erin and I hung out under the shelter of a huge boulder in Lower Ice Lakes Basin for a couple of hours. Things started to improve so we hiked to the upper basin. We climbed Vermilion via the standard route, and the weather looked to be holding, so we decided to descend Vermilion's northeast ridge so we could attempt Golden Horn, as well. Descending the icy upper 120' of Vermilion Dollar couloir ate up a lot of time before we could begin the scramble down to the saddle with Golden Horn. We thought we were through the crux of our descent, but the remaining scramble was much tougher than we had anticipated with challenging routefinding. As we emerged from the ridge's difficulties, with the saddle just a little further, a fast-moving storm arrived (we had last seen the storm over the Wilsons), made its presence known with a couple of thunderclaps, and began hammering us with snow and ice. We had good gear for the wintry conditions.... except for our pants, which made things quite miserable. We begrudgingly retreated down to the basin and back to the TH.
A nice scramble, despite moments of scree and talus. Moderate Class 2 at worst, exposure is minimal. Sweet views of the surroundings.
Eric J Lee