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 Peak(s):  Eagles Nest A  -  13,420 feet
 Post Date:  09/04/2011 Modified: 05/16/2012
 Date Climbed:   09/03/2011
 Posted By:  Layne Bracy

 Eagles Nest from Piney Lake   

5:45am Piney Lake TH, 9300'
8:45am Game Pass(Powell - East Corner saddle), 12060'
11:15am Eagles Nest, 13420'
2:30pm Game Pass
5:10pm Piney Lake TH
11mi/4400'/11hr 25min

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Pleasant slopes lead up to Game Pass

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Peak C from Game Pass


Dense fog hung over the lake, and within minutes on the trail, the vegetation had soaked my pants, socks and boots. After 3 miles and 70 minutes, I reached the double cairns where the Upper Piney Trail heads right and the trail to the high basin below Kneeknocker Pass goes up and left.

Initially, the trail is easy to follow and rises steeply. Last year I learned that when the trail seems to disappear, turn right towards the creek. It meanders through some boggy and overgrown terrain, staying close to the creek at times. Eventually, I reached the pleasant open basin below KneeKnocker Pass, Pk C and Mt Powell.

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East Corner guards the pass

I left the trail and headed north up pleasant slopes to reach Game Pass after 3 hours.

From the pass, I dropped maybe 150' but generally tried to contour at the level of the pass. The terrain here is arduous, varying from small talus to large talus. I'd read that the key is to not ascend too soon, although the steep bluffs above were not enticing. I headed towards a gully with a large patch of yellow flowers and began to ascend. I continued an ascending traverse and hit the ridge at just above 13000'.

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A patch of yellow flowers can be seen in the first ascent gully


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yellow flower gully


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another ascent gully


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and another


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looking back to Game Pass


The ascent to Eagles Nest went smoothly at this point, and I topped out at 11:15am. The day was very pleasant. I ate, checked in with my wife, and tried drying out my socks and boots.

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rocky terrain near Eagles Nest south ridge

The descent took a long time, especially the return to Game Pass, but the effort was worth it for a spectacular day in the Gore Range!

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Mt Powell from Eagles Nest


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Eagles Nest east ridge from summit



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  • Comments or Questions (4)
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Nice     2011-09-04 14:36:02
Layne,
It is good to see a report from you! Hope things are going well.


Layne Bracy


Thanks, Derek     2011-09-06 08:38:41
Yes, life is good. Great to see you still tearing up the 13er list!


Matt


Thanks for the beta     2011-09-06 10:21:44
I used your Powell/C report (and your GB-Hagar_Citadel TR) for guidance last month, and will probably follow suit whenever we go for Eagles Nest. Good stuff.


Layne Bracy


You're welcome!     2011-09-07 13:06:33
Glad you enjoyed it!



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