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 Peak(s):  Pagoda Mtn  -  13,497 feet
 Post Date:  12/16/2013 Modified: 11/17/2014
 Date Climbed:   12/14/2013
 Posted By:  dillonsarnelli
 Additional Members:   emily, bkorps

 A Walk in the Clouds: Pagoda Mountain from Glacier Gorge    

A Walk in the Clouds: Pagoda Mountain from Glacier Gorge

Peak: Pagoda Mountain (13,497')
Date: December 14, 2013
Trailhead: Glacier Gorge - Rocky Mountain National Park
Approach: North East Ridge
Distance: ~ 14 miles
Elevation Gain: 4,800 ft.
Participants: Brian Korpics, Emily Hendrick, Dillon Sarnelli

Pagoda Mountain sits at the southern end of Glacier Gorge in between two of Rocky Mountain National Park’s beasts: Longs Peak (14,255 ft.) and Chiefs Head Peak (13,579 ft.). With an elevation of 13,497 ft., Pagoda Mountain is the 7th highest ranked peak in The Park. It’s been said that Pagoda’s summit register (which we unfortunately couldn't locate) may receive on average about 75 signatures a year, while its neighbor may receive that many visitors in one summer day. Keep Reading...

A Walk in the Clouds: Pagoda Mountain from Glacier Gorge




A Walk in the Clouds: Pagoda Mountain from Glacier Gorge



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  • Comments or Questions
Kevin Baker


Out of this world     2013-12-16 22:20:09
I think the views were better on Pagoda than on Longs! Huge day with snow, guys! Glacier Gorge sure is a magical place. Thanks for sharing, Dillon.


dehrlich101


Sad I miss this..     2013-12-17 01:46:22
Looks like a great day in the hills.. Wish I could have made this trip. Great job all around, the tough summits are always worth it in the end.


Brian C


Great!     2013-12-17 06:27:20
That's some serious work this time of year. Nice job!


DanR


Awesome!     2013-12-17 07:21:14
A great report on a big day in a truly amazing place. Way to get after it!


jblyth



Well played     2013-12-17 07:41:15
Way to haze the new guy. Quite the way to introduce someone to Colorado climbing!


Dave B


Slog!     2013-12-17 07:45:26
Just getting back to Black Lake makes for a long day, not to mention adding on Pagoda.

Great report, you guys had some awesome clouds and lighting conditions on that side of the park, really contrasts to the crystal clear blues on the east side of Longs. Your first picture is pretty amazing.

Well done!


FireOnTheMountain


Down the 13er epic Rabbit hole!     2013-12-17 08:25:50
Its a loooong way down just enjoy the ride

Really enjoyed the pictures. Great job to all involved!


SurfNTurf


Clouds > Trees     2013-12-17 09:34:37
That is all


SarahT


Awesome shots!     2013-12-17 10:49:00
Looks like a stellar day out in the park!


Monster5


Nice dillon!     2013-12-17 12:43:38
Cool pics. Good lookin day in a fantastic basin


wooderson


something different....     2013-12-17 14:47:40
Never would've thought of doing Pagoda in winter, but I may have to add it to the ”snowflake” list. Looks like you all had a great day out. Cloud inversions are such a rare treat. RMNP always seems to deliver the goods.


MtnHub


Outstanding!     2013-12-17 21:25:01
Wow! Some simply super shots, and an amazing trek, crew! I love to see winter reports of some of my best-loved places that I've only done in summer! What a treat! Thanks for your post!


Jay521


Incredible pictures!     2013-12-18 12:12:59
And a great report - Nice one, Dillon!


dillonsarnelli


THANKS     2013-12-18 15:21:58
Kevin - on our way out in the dark, i said I bet we're the only people left in the Park right now, guess I was wrong! what a day and excellent TR on your end
Ehrlich - many, many, many more weekends
Brian - thanks. i worked off all 24 of the lbs i gained on Thanksgiving
DanR - thanks, yep that whole Park certainly is an amazing place
client JB - when do I get to haze you out there?
Dave - thanks. It looks like you had quite the day on your side too. Really enjoyed your report as well.
Abe - thanks. i think there's a little bit of everything down this hole i'm heading!
Jeff - remy > trees + clouds
Sarah - thanks, stellar indeed!
Ryan - thanks - when is the next Valhalla?!? I'll let you carry my snowshoes and/or me.
Sarah - thanks. RMNP always delivers! when you go for that snowflake, let me know. Hope you and Kevin had a great day out as well.
Doug - thanks - I think my fingers and toes really like the RMNP summers too! glad you enjoyed the report.
Jay - thanks, I think you wrote 2 reports in less than a month. well done!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all of you!


zdero1


Stunning!     2013-12-18 20:09:22
Looks like a fantastic trip! Gotta love the view above the cloud deck.


dillonsarnelli


@ Mike     2013-12-19 07:40:33
thanks man. Happy Birthday!


BostonBD


Incredible and WOW!     2013-12-19 20:10:51
Great trip report and photos. The first photo is a premium jaw-dropper.
Well done!


mts4602


app     2013-12-21 14:12:04
What tracking app are you using?


Craig Cook


BBBOOOOOOOOOMMM     2013-12-27 21:51:34
I'm stealing your phrase, because really, what else is there to say after reading a trip report like this? Another rockin' report, Dillon!


dillonsarnelli


THANKS - Part 2     2013-12-27 23:21:53
Bernie - thanks! those clouds were unreal.
Matt - PM sent
Craig - hahaha, thanks man! appreciate it. brinin' the BOOOOOM back. Hope all is good out your way.

AND I hope you all had a nice holiday. HAPPY NEW YEAR!



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