Trailhead: Woods Lake
Elevation Gain: 5,282'
Tired of your boring rocky, above treeline 13er ridge runs with the same views? Looking for something a little different? More remote? A navigational challenge from start to finish? Wanting to find two coveted "Low 100 13ers" to add to your list? Think about visiting the Holy Cross Wilderness for your next adventure!
Evening light over Holy Cross Wilderness
Do you love lakes and waterfalls? We have plenty of those for your photographic enjoyment! Walk along a moist and mossy forest trail to the sounds of cascading waterfalls and chirping birds!
Crossing Eagle Lake
A misty lake
Enjoy remote lake reflections? Fairview Lake has it all! Flowers, jagged mountains and still waters provide excellent photographic opportunities!
Flowers in the morning
Tired of boring ridge ascents that provide little navigational challenge? Want to scramble slippery wet rocks in a steep stream bed? Ribbed has it! Just follow the first gully after arriving at Fairview Lake, and choose your adventure! Plenty of flowers to accompany you on your journey as well.
The ascent gully up Ribbed
Lush stream gully
Some wet scrambling - Photo Credit: Kevin
Flowers in the gully
Enjoy challenging loose chossy gullies? The final gully up to the high saddle with Ribbed is your place! Lots of giant boulders to move around and carefully tread upon, on your journey upward!
Rocky upper gully
Chossy upper gully
Looking over to 13,100 and the grassy ledge traverse
Upper section of gully
Like steep exposed scrambling? Once at the saddle, a solid featured rock wall presents itself for your scrambling pleasure!
Scramble to the top!
Summit ridge - Photo Credit: Kevin
The summit of Ribbed provides 360 degree views of jagged mountains and lush valleys with plenty of lakes to explore on future trips!
Summit Pano north
Me on the summit - Photo Credit: Kevin
Looking towards 13,100
Still needing more navigational challenges? Do you love steep grassy ledges? Well, the traverse to 13,100 should be your next destination! Lots of ups and downs, around and through rocks await you! Plenty of rock ribs and undulations to keep you guessing whether you have found that last grassy ledge to ascend to the final peak!
Kevin looking back at Ribbed
First grassy ledge to find
Flowers along grassy ledge
Final Grassy ledge... I hope!
Once on Pt 13,100 A, you can look back on your adventure from Ribbed Peak with awe. What an amazing ridge traverse!
On the summit of 13,100, looking back at Ribbed
It's all downhill from here, on giant blocky talus! Traverse around to avoid the cliffs!
Descent off Ribbed
Then back down into the lush valley below, to relax by the calm, soothing, gorgeous Eagle Lake!
Eagle Lake Reflections
Now, don't dawdle on the return to your vehicles at the trailhead if you want to avoid even a single drop of rain... Mr Bluebird and Little Miss Sunshine can only provide a 3 hour weather window of sweet glorious sunshine before the wet fury of Monsoon Season will be upon us once again!
Remember Ribbed - It's for your pleasure!