Plenty of camping sites the last 2 miles before the ROA TH. 0530 start meant it was under headlamp for an almost an hour. Easy hike to the private property merge, then a road hike for a mile, after that the fun began. Some loose switchbacks to the saddle. Easy traverse from there over to where the ledges start. That section turned out to be very fun, but you do have to pay attention. After that, just a slog to the false summit. Easy downclimb and then a fun 200' scramble to the top. Staying right of the gash and looking right, there was an obvious line. Would definitely do this again. Took me 3:15 to the top, which absolutely shocked me.
Silver Pick basin currently has a 2WD accessible road to Rock of Ages TH. The ROA trail is 4 miles of late summer dryness with a high path to the saddle avoiding endless talus and considerable less switchbacks. Great sunrises while on this approach. Fascinating mining remnants beginning at 12k. Peak trail is counterintuitive to not stay high on ridge but to traverse lower and around. Overall quicker than expected with an average 4hr ascent, 2.5hr descent. The gash crux to summit is super fun and in the afternoon shade ...gotta bring a Coors Light!
Whew. This one was a doozy. Started from the Rock of Ages TH around 4am (should have started earlier) and made our way quickly up to the Rock of Ages Saddle. Scampered on down and then began our ascent of the south side of Mount Wilson, going up the Green Wall, across the loose gulley, and finally to the summit ridge of Mount Wilson. Clouds swirled throughout the morning but nothing too threatening loomed. It took us 5.5 hours from TH to summit, which was longer than we expected. The Class 4 climb at the end was harder than I thought it'd be...I was really shaken up and scared up there, but my allies helped me regain my composure and complete the climb. For the first exposed move on the ridge, I made my way around the left (east) side to avoid exposure on both sides. Solid holds and nothing too difficult. We did the Class 3 (east) side on the final move and it was pretty simple. Easier than the first part. We made our way quickly down and decide to pursue Wilson Peak, even with a storm coming in ...bad idea. We made our way across the ledges and the legs were a bit shaky and tired from the long day. Took too long to get to the summit, and by the time we were making it down the ridge the storm was upon us. We quickly made our way off the ridge and decided to get off the main route and cruise down the mountain around the Class 3 ledges. It worked to our favor and was the safer option given the wet/flowing conditions. The storm finally broke as we made our way back to the Rock of Ages Saddle, and we enjoyed a cruisy hike back to the car.
Climbed Mount Wilson and Wilson Peak from Rock of Ages TH. Started just after 4 am. Summited Mount Wilson just after 10:00 am. The last 150 feet are no joke and should be respected. Also, the talus climb leading to the final ridge was perhaps the worst part of the hike. Clouds started forming but no storms were materializing so we decided to tag Wilson Peak as well. The class 3 ledges were fun but tiring after already summiting Mount Wilson. Unfortunately, a big storm to the west materialized as we were summiting Wilson Peak. The descent from Wilson Peak was wet and scary with some lightning. Luckily, we managed to avoid the large strikes and made it down A-OK. Finished around 5:30. With Jesse Sumrak.
With Marshall. Car to summit in 3:20. Normally I don’t care much about speed but we crushed this one, though I’ve been on the opposite side of crushing more often than not. The whole climb is basically in the final 1/10th mile. Exhilarating exposure on largely decent holds, and plenty of them. It’s easier than it looks at first glance. Enjoy!
Long day but very worthwhile
#1 07-19-2019 W/ Yadahzoemtn. Bluebird day with lots of snow in the Silver Pick Basin from about 11,700'. Used crampons and ice ax from there to the ROA saddle. The crux was almost 100% free of snow. What a beautiful peak. This is CO 14er #48 for both of us. We stayed in Norwood at the Hotel Norwood, a delightful small hotel with old-time hospitality. We would have camped along the road leading to the trailhead but the mosquitoes were on a rampage so we opted for the friendlier confines of a room.
With the other Wilson 14ers, part of a wild solo road-trip from Wyoming; reached the summit at sunrise via standard Rock of Ages route
Climbed w/ Matt last day of summer. Fun trip!
With Rachael. Standard route then crossed Rock of Ages saddle to climb PT 13540 and "Big Bear", fun outing in great weather! Second time up for me, Rachael's 40th 14er.
This helluva basin provided me with one of the most stressful, mentally challenging days of the summer. Didn't expect the slopes to retain this much snow so with running shoes on I traversed the ridge all the way around and ended up on El Diente at sunset and "suicide climbed" down its North Slopes and safely made my way back to the Rock of Ages saddle and back to the car.
Hiked up from our camp at Navajo Lake. I thought the ledges after the second saddle were the sketchiest part, but I might have picked a bad line. The down climb from the false summit and the summit pitch were straightforward and felt pretty secure. Fun peak with awesome views!
Climbed with Greg Jagielski from SLC. Warm day; headed to Gladstone next via the ridge. Still a bit of snow on the trail. Great day.
With my son. He did great.
Fun ridge traverse
Fun solo trip. Saw only one person while coming down. Broke the internet with my #dicksoutforharambe sign
Climbed alone on July 4 2001.
Climbed via Rock of Ages - Accessed saddle from side slope instead of hiking all the way through basin and climbing up scree. Back down the same way. Climbed with MoapaPk (Harlan)and one other.
The weather was pretty terrible this weekend, even by San Juan standards, but we hiked through the drizzle and made this summit. Once again, Mt Wilson has a forcefield around it preventing my successful passage to its summit. I was impressed by the sustained scrambling / weaving / navigation on the higher reaches of Wilson Pk past the small saddle. I enjoyed this peak! With Mikey.