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 Peak(s):  Wetterhorn Peak  -  14,015 feet
Handies Peak  -  14,048 feet
 Post Date:  07/03/2008
 Date Climbed:   06/29/2008
 Posted By:  avs88fan

 Wetterhorn standard route and Handies from Grizzly gulch   

Met a few 14ers.com members for Wetterhorn Peak and Handies Peak. On Sunday I met fillae at the Mattehorn Trailhead. The last .6 miles from North Henson Creek road was somewhat rough but any stock SUV should be fine.

The trail at treeline is completely free of snow just a little muddy in places.
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45 minutes into the hike Wettehorn came into view.
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There is still a substantial amount of snow on Wettehorn but most of it is avoidable. There a few minor places where the trail is covered in snow. No need for snowshoes. Gaitors would help.
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Our marmot friend was not shy. I'm wondering if it was the same one from a previous trip report.
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We got to the ridge in 2 hours and the class three section awaited us.
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Scrambling to the top. This section was free of snow and the rock was mostly stable
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Looking down the steepest part of the climb. Somewhat exposed. Paid close attention to what I was doing.
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Summited in just under 3 hours and were greeted with some amazing views.
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Got back to the car in a little over two hours. I was somewhat surprised on the how short this climb is.

On Tuesday I climbed Handies from Grizzly Gulch with GrantG. This route in my book is a must. Very scenic.

After a half an hour we were greeted with a great view of Handies
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The trail is very easy to follow into the Gultch and most of the snow is avoidable.
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Gaitors will help but it looks like most of the snow is melting quickly
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At 12,500 the trail ends or you can hike north and go up the ridge. Some bouldering to the ridge.
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Once on the ridge, there is a nice trail to the summit.
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On the summit looking southwest. What an amazing view
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Summit shot
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Looking down into the Gultch.
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Overall, both of the hikes were great. I know there is still a lot of concern with the amount of snow in the San Juans, but the snow on these routes is not a factor. I would highly recommend them right now.



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  • Comments or Questions
KirkT


Great job..     2008-07-03 14:12:26
still thinking that we can get together sometime this summer to hike together...Nice report.

Kirk


redneb

Hey     2008-07-04 04:29:46
Reminds me of last weeks trip. What a beautiful place we live in eh. Looks like you had some great weather. Excellent play my friend =-)



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