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 Peak(s):  Pacific Pk  -  13,950 feet
Atlantic Pk  -  13,841 feet
 Post Date:  07/06/2011
 Date Climbed:   07/04/2011
 Posted By:  avs88fan

 Coast to Coast on Independence Day   

Trailhead: Mayflower Gulch
MI: Approx 7.5
Vertical elevation gain: Approx 3500

Took a few days off over the July 4th Holiday to show my 4 month old the mountains and to climb a few more peaks.

I had a great 4 day weekend with my wife and daughter and managed to climb Pacific and Atlantic.

I left our lodge in Breckenridge a little after 4AM on Monday and made my way to the Mayflower Gulch TH on the west side of the Ten Mile Range. Because of the darkness, I decided to park just a half mile off of 91. As it turns out, I could have driven pretty much to the 11,360 turn off for Crystal and Pacific.

The first half hour of the hike, was in the dark and I was carefully monitoring for the turn off point up the Pacific Creek Drainage. Around 11,350 ft, I left the road and entered the meadow and creek crossings.

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Mayflower Gulch at Sunrise
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After entering the meadows I was greeted with a great deal of sludge and bushwaking and it was rather annoying. I even had to ford the Mayflower Creek, which added some time.

I had little trouble finding the Pacific Creek and I began following the creek up the drainage to Pacific. There was no real trail and I had to cross the creek a few times to prevent some unwanted bushwaking up the drainage.

Just above treeline, the west ridge of Pacific came into view
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Looking back down the drainage
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I followed the creek until around 12,240 where in Roach’s thirteener book told me to turn northeast toward Crystal Peak.
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I was rather annoyed with all of the small snowfields needed to cross as they were all ready soft at 630AM. This view brightened my day however when I glanced west and saw the Holy Cross Wilderness.
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The west side of Crystal and Pacific was filled with Talus and a few snowfields and I did my best to avoid anymore postholing.
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My original plan of climbing Crystal, Pacific, and Atlantic was not going to happen as I spent way too much avoiding the snow and looking for the safest route up the saddle.

Once above the snow, it was pretty clear on the best way to Pacific.
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I made it to the saddle around 730AM and was greeted to this stunning view of Pacific.
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Looking northeast at Crystal
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After hiking a good 15 minutes along the north ridge of I took a quick break and peered over the edge and was amazed with amount of snow and wet slide activity.
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I managed to climb most of the north ridge without too much difficulty even though there was really no real defined trail.

Almost on the summit
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The last 30 or so feet a good 2+ scramble
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Summit of Pacific with Pacific Tarn, Quandary, Hoosier Ridge, and Silverheels in the background.
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The traverse to Atlantic ended up being the easiest physically for me. It took me just over 45 minutes to reach the summit.
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Wildflowers near the summit of Atlantic
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Fletcher and Drift from the summit Atlantic
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If you were on Quandary at 10:00AM, there are about a dozen of you in this shot
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Looking back over at Pacific from Atlantic
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A nice shot of the Gore Range
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Looking down at Mayflower Gulch from Atlantic it appeared that the road was dry
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The most logical way of descending Atlantic for me was to descend via the west ridge. Roach describes the route as class 2 however, I was very much taken back to the exposure and the snowfield crossings. This route was very exhausting for me as it was nothing but steep talus and some good exposure for a good 1500 vertical feet. There was one snowfield in particular that I ended up using my axe on and was extremely careful not to do anything stupid.
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Looking back up with West Ridge
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After a good hour on the ridge, I managed to retrace my steps back to the Pacific Creek and met up with it just below Mayflower Hill
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Back in the Gulch, I rejoined the road and managed to find safe crossing of both the Pacific and Mayflower Creek without having to dunk my feet into them.

I was surprised with the lack of snow cover on the road as a few weeks ago the trailhead update listed the road as impassable with large drifts.

I made it back to my car around 1230 and made my way back to my family in Breckenridge. Another great hike with complete solitude.


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  • Comments or Questions (4)
smitty


lost pics     2011-07-06 16:25:01
Nice work! I'd like to see the rest of the pics if you can add them.


avs88fan


More pics     2011-07-06 16:29:50
They should be up there now!!


TeamDino5280


Great Work Great Pics!     2011-07-06 17:26:47
We summited Atlantic about an hour after you, we came via Atlantis it was a gorgeous day and the views!


KeithK


I didn't realize...     2011-07-06 19:01:53
...that you had a little one already! Congrats!!!
Nice job, that is a really beautiful side of the Ten Mile that I really need to check out one of these days.



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