Mount Guyot from just north of Jefferson
Peak: Mt. Guyot
Route: East Ridge
Approach: Georgia Pass (from Jefferson, CO)
Length: About 3 miles RT
Vertical: About 2000 feet
Ascent party: Solo
Mount Guyot has always been one of my favorite climbs when I only have a half day and want to get some exercise. Most of the trip reports on this mountain are from the west (and frankly, more interesting) side, but the East Ridge approach can be fun, too.
The road to Georgia pass is passable for 2WD vehicles although there are a few rough spots where you will need to go slowly. There was a Toyota Camry on the top of the pass when I was there. The other side of the pass is a different story, however. You need a 4X4 with high clearance to do that section.
From Geogia Pass
Sign at the top of the pass
There is a sporadic climber's trail just above the patches of snow (shown in blue) and I usually take it down, but I find it more fun to boulder hop on the way up. The rock is pretty solid (going up anyway).
My route up in red, down in blue
Looking back down
An idea of the incline
Looking up to the first bump
From the top of the first little bump, the rest of the route is visible
The summit is just past the smow patches
Almost to the summit ridge
A nice alternate way down is to go down the north slope to the old cabin in the below photograph and then drop straight down and circle back to the pass. There are several old mine sites along this route.
The cabin is circled.
The summit ridge
The views from the top are fantastic..
Breck ski area and Mt of the Holy Cross
Flowers are everywhere - even on rock piles.
Mount Guyot is a fun little climb and although the area around the pass can be crowded with ATV'ers, and 4X4'ers, I have seldom seen anyone else on the mountain.
Thanks for taking the time to read this - and be careful out there!