hermosa & engineer

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hermosa & engineer

Postby beegee » Wed Nov 19, 2008 2:51 pm

We are planning a trip to Durango next summer and are looking at climbing Hermosa Peak and Engineer Mountain. I am having a hard time finding any trip reports or other beta on these mountains. Can anyone point me in the right direction. Any other peaks we should consider around Durnago?

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Re: hermosa & engineer

Postby CG_old » Wed Nov 19, 2008 2:59 pm

Engineer:
http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock/150328/engineer-mountain.html

Looks like Hermosa doesn't have a page over there.
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Re: hermosa & engineer

Postby ktimm » Wed Nov 19, 2008 4:07 pm

Might look at Snowdon as well
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Re: hermosa & engineer

Postby Matt » Wed Nov 19, 2008 8:05 pm

Both Engineer & Hermosa are easy, but very rewarding hikes.
The view from atop Engineer matches the peak's impressive profile from US 550 and Purgatory.
With Hermosa, getting there is more than half the battle, as it's a long way from the pavement, and, during hunting season, is surrounded by tent cites teeming with southern accents, beer, and shotguns.
If you go for it, you might consider going after the high 13er Grizzly Peak B, which also lies many miles down the Bolam Pass road.
http://www.listsofjohn.com/PeakStats/Climbers.php?Id=158

Snowdon is also really nice, with tremendous views and a short, but steep hike/climb.
http://www.listsofjohn.com/PeakStats/Climbers.php?Id=739

The Pixler book can give you ideas and mostly adequate info. It includes all three peaks mentioned so far and lots of local hikes.
http://www.amazon.com/Hiking-Trails-Sou ... 0871089114
I highly recommend checking out the La Platas, too, especially in August when the wildflowers are off the charts.

If/when you need any beta, feel free to send me a PM.
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Re: hermosa & engineer

Postby MtHurd » Thu Nov 20, 2008 7:47 am

I've done Snowdon, incredible views. Short but sweet with some very nice scrambling and will give you a birds eye view of the town of Silverton as well.. You might check out the Twilight group which is very near to Snowdon and has equally incredible views. For even more solitude and some awesome scenery as well, try the La Sals.
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Re: hermosa & engineer

Postby beegee » Thu Nov 20, 2008 8:02 am

Thanks for the feedback - I do not see on the summitpost the rating or class of each hike/climb. Is that information out there? I'm looking for up to class 3.

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Re: hermosa & engineer

Postby MtHurd » Thu Nov 20, 2008 12:32 pm

Usually the class is mentioned in the route located in a link on the left of each page. Snowdon is class 3, but you can do more difficult routes. You should be able to find class 3 on any of the previously mentioned peaks. It is always possible for the difficulty to increase if you get off route.
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Re: hermosa & engineer

Postby Matt » Thu Nov 20, 2008 8:27 pm

Hermosa is class 2. It's a walk up a road, then a gully, then up some talus to the summit.
Engineer (B) is also class 2.
Snowdon is class 3 and by far the most airy of the three.
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Re: hermosa & engineer

Postby beegee » Fri Nov 21, 2008 9:31 am

Sounds good - thanks!

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