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Peak(s):  Wetterhorn Peak  -  14,015 feet
Post Date:  08/26/2012
Modified:  08/28/2012
Date Climbed:   08/26/2012
Posted By:  waltoncito


 One of the best   

I was originally planning on climbing the Crestones with a buddy of mine but he had to bail so I decided to do a solo trip. Figured I'd try to do Wetterhorn on Sunday followed by San Luis on Monday.

So far, Wetterhorn is in my top 3 climbs, it is a great peak and the scrambling is nothing short of awesome; I found the rock to be solid and the exposure wasn't too scary.

I started out by driving 6 hours to the Matterhorn creek trailhead (before it becomes 4 wheel drive) and set-up camp around 7pm on Saturday. Image
Campsite
I woke up around 6 and was hiking by 6:30. Starting out was nothing short of miserable, not because of the hike but the bota bag sippin' and IPA the night before got to me (can't hang like I used to) and I have a tendency of starting out too fast on 14ers.

I started out by walking up the 4 wheel drive road to the gate, which took about 10 minutes.Image
4 wheel drive road
After getting to the gate, you walk along Matterhorn creek and ascend into a nice valley. Image
Valley
You exit this valley by walking through some forest and this leads to another valley. From here you, you can see Wetterhorn for the first time and you ascend into a high mountain basin. Image
Wetterhorn/Matterhorn View
The hike is pretty gradual. From here, you hike into the middle of the basin and skirt through and around rocks and boulders. Image The view from Wetterhorn here is inspiring and as you gain the slope, you can see the yellow dirt; a real "pleasure" to descend on the way down. After climbing to the saddle, go up the yellow dirt and you can see the backside of the route, basically class 2 with an occasional class 3 move, the exposure here is minimal. Image You will see the Ship's Prow but must skirt a rock rib before getting to it. ImageThe summit is close. Climb into the east notch (right) and carefully descend the slab immediately on the other side of the notch. Image You will now see the final summit pitch, basically a staircase/ledge system to the top. Image
Staircase/Ledges
Yes this area is exposed but I found it to be comparable to the homestretch on Longs or the exposure on the Eolus summit push. However, the rock on Wetterhorn is solid and easy to climb, and the stairs/ledges are fairly wide. Image
Decent Exposure
You will top out abruptly and realize how rewarding the climb was. Image

After chugging a beer (joking) on top, carefully descend the staircase/ledge system and go back the way you came. Image Route finding wasn't too bad on Wetterhorn, most of the moves are obvious and the route is mostly well cairned.

Ok, now that you're down, chug a beer. Image



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  • Comments or Questions
Exiled Michigander


Awesome     2012-08-29 13:25:04
I wanted to try to get Wetterhorn in this summer, but looks like it might have to wait. Thanks for the trip report and photos--I'm already looking forward to trying to get it in next year!


HikingSibes

Congrats!     2012-08-29 18:55:12
Congrats!! I was up there same day but later, with 2 other women and a dog : ))


waltoncito


Dog     2012-08-29 20:19:41
HikingSibes, I saw you guys going up the mountain, as I was coming down(by the sheep). Really glad the weather cooperated for you guys, did the dog make it up???



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