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 Peak(s):  Shipler Mountain - 11,317 feet
 Post Date:  05/26/2012
 Date Climbed:   05/26/2012
 Posted By:  ChrisRoberts

 Shipler Mountain and Trail Ridge   

This morning I took my first trip over Trail Ridge Road of the year. The plan was to hit several destinations; Shipler Mountain and Bighorn Lake from Lake Irene, Trail Ridge (highpoint) from Lava Cliffs and a combo of Tombstone Ridge and Timberline Pass via the Ute trail pulloff.

Though it was a bad year for snowpack, I still expected to need snowshoes to get to Shipler since the route was through thick forest and the Milner Pass area is always slowing down the Park Service when they plow the area. I would end up needing snowshoes about half of the time, and virtually all of the route had drifts(some avoidable, most not). We bushwhacked our way to little Bighorn Lake which still had skim ice on it, then headed through clearings to treeline and followed the ridgeline to a saddle and to the open summit. The wind was relentless and I nearly lost my CSU hat forever when it blew right off my head. Alas, it was found in the rocks. The summit had great views of the Never Summers, but smoke from a distant fire washed out the peaks.

(TL;DR? Gaiters really aren't enough. It's a pain to take off and put on the snowshoes over the course of the route, but you'll be glad to have them.)

Trail Ridge was a pretty easy jaunt above the Lava Cliffs, the old remnants of the Ute trail are blown free of snow to the summit, a flat rocky area with many 'stunted' cairns.

After getting tired out on the climb to Shipler, I wimped out and skipped Tombstone Ridge and Timberline Pass to tackle again another day.

Pictures and extended commentary right here.

 


  • Comments or Questions (2)
Brian C


Nice site!     2012-05-26 21:16:44
Good to see another weebly user out there. I think the sight looks great and am looking forward to seeing it fill out. And no, I don't think it sucks! Haha.


ChrisRoberts


Thanks Brian     2012-05-26 21:37:07
I was inspired by your site, hope I can be a resource for people in our area!



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