Peak(s):  Guyot, Mt  -  13,370 feet
Post Date:  07/23/2011
Modified:  12/11/2014
Date Climbed:   07/22/2011
Posted By:  Jay521

 Nature's Stairmaster    

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

Summit benchmark

The views from the top are fantastic..

South Park

Breck ski area and Mt of the Holy Cross

Mt. Silverheels

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!

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  • Comments or Questions

Appreciate the...     08/12/2011 01:02
report! I've been driving past Guyot all summer while climbing in the Sawatch and was wondering about a specific route from South Park. I road the CT earlier this summer to the Pass, but snow drifts kept me from really exploring the area, so now I'll get to climb the ridge without the ridiculous drive around to Summit County!


You're welcome!     08/12/2011 04:35
Hey Matt - glad I could help. I think you will find it a fun mountain to do. Short and sweet...

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