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Postby Scanner » Wed Apr 18, 2007 5:16 pm

mtnduck9 wrote:try climbing Belford, but instead of the direct, steep route, continue south int the valley between Belford and Missouri to Elkhead Pass. There is a Great view of the next valley down with Harvard, Columbia etc. You can't see into this valley until the last few feet up to the Pass, so as the view appears, suddenly, it is quite dramatic.

Agreed! The morning Meteor and I climbed Belford, the view appeared, along with cloud banks pouring into the valley so fast it looked like billowing smoke:

Anyway, it was a lot better IRL :|.
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Postby Kiefer » Wed Apr 18, 2007 5:38 pm

I'd agree with Del_Sur & RussellT. The approach to Lindsey is incredible. Definately not to be missed.
This is Blanca from Huerfano drainage, I missed my initial turn for Mt. Lindsey. I found an old mine even further up this drainage, almost at the base of Blanca that wasn't on my map or GPS! The lower drainage and upper basin are magical if you're lucky enough to have it to yourself.

But I'd have to cast my lot in with Willow Lake (Kit Carson/Challenger/Mt. Adams). I've been up here in all seasons, multiple times and it never fails to impress or amaze.

If anyone ever needs proof that God exists, I think these two places are it.

BTW, does anyone know how Mt. Lindsey was named and for what reason :?:
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Postby gb » Wed Apr 18, 2007 6:12 pm

Lindsey was originally called old baldy. It was renamed in 1953 for Malcolm Lindsey, CMC president from 43-46. There's a lot more info on the guy in the Borneman/Lampert book, but that's the short version.
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Postby Jon Frohlich » Wed Apr 18, 2007 7:13 pm

For me the best view in the Sawatch (non-14er) has been from Emerald. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on your disposition) you won't be getting there easily. 14er related I have to agree with Huron although Massive from the west side was nice too.
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Postby danny bray » Wed Apr 18, 2007 7:21 pm

I think Willow Lake, on the way to Kit Carson get's my vote.
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Postby Van McDaniel » Wed Apr 18, 2007 9:27 pm

In no particular order:
Vestal/Wham Ridge
The Three Apostles from Huron
Yankee Boy Basin...Check out Mt. Gilpin....It looks like a layer cake.
Imogene Pass/Black Bear Pass
Uncompahgre/Wetterhorn from the paved highway south of Lake City at sunrise.
Wetterhorn from Wetterhorn Basin during a full moon.
Sneffels from Dallas Divide during Fall colors.
Crested Butte during Fall colors. Rent a jeep if you have to, it's worth it.
Crested Butte in a snowstorm on Christmas eve and morning.
The trail to West Maroon Pass during the height of wildflower season.
Oh-Be-Joyful trail summer/fall.
Paradise Basin/Divide near Schofield Pass summer/fall...good views of Maroon Peak.
View of Longs Peak from Twin Sisters.
View of Longs Peak from Chasm Lake.
View of Chasm Lake from the Notch Coulior on Longs Peak.
View of Longs Peak from Longs Peak or anywhere near Longs Peak.
Capitol Peak from any direction but the view on top of Capitol on a clear day defies desciption.
Mt.Wilson/El Diente across Navaho Basin from Rock of Ages Saddle just after sunup. Pack heat and shoot back if need be.
Twin baby Mountain Goats chasing each other around the old summit house and over the boulders on Mt. Evans.
The Crestones from either side, Colony Lakes or Cottonwood Lake.
Taylor Park fall/summer.
Pearl Pass
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Postby ccunnin » Wed Apr 18, 2007 10:13 pm

Here's another vote for Willow Lake. I had seen many pics of it and the lake became the goal of the climb. It was better than I had imagined it would be. The rest of the climb became a cake-walk after that.
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Postby Floyd » Thu Apr 19, 2007 6:34 am

Sawatch: Holy Cross, the view coming over Half Moon Pass is pretty intimidating.

Sangres: I'd say Crestone Needle (But I haven't been to Willow Lake yet). Humboldt really comes into view and you have the Sand Dunes to your west, Kit Carson to the North and the Blanca Group to the South.
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Postby kiliclimber7_17_02 » Thu Apr 19, 2007 7:03 am

My vote is Huron in Sawatch. Lots of great spots in Sangres. Hike in from town of Crestone to climb Kit Carson is beautiful. Summit of Ellingwood with view of Blanca and Little Bear. And agreee with mtgirl, the summit of Humbolt is great for views of the Needle and Crestone Peak. Summit shot with that in background is great.
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Postby PKelley » Thu Apr 19, 2007 8:02 am

My votes go for La Plata from Winfield, Holy Cross from Tuhare Lakes, and Willow Lake for Challager and Kit Carson.
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Postby doumall » Thu Apr 19, 2007 12:37 pm

Skasgaard wrote:If anyone ever needs proof that God exists, I think these two places are it.

Don't intend to start any king of flame war, but I have never really understood this logic? Please explain? Thanks.
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Postby Jim Davies » Thu Apr 19, 2007 12:49 pm

doumall wrote:Don't intend to start any king of flame war, but I have never really understood this logic? Please explain? Thanks.

The "beautiful places exist, therefore there is a god" reasoning is is an example of "confirmation bias".

edit: My vote is for Willow Lake:

but the view from Elkhead Pass (Missouri Basin) is pretty awesome also:

Willow Lake wins on tiebreakers, since there is awesome scenery (waterfalls, rock walls) for miles along the trail.
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