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 Peak(s):  Fluted Pk  -  13,554 feet
 Post Date:  05/09/2009
 Date Climbed:   05/08/2009
 Posted By:  piper14er

 Fluted Peak - East Ridge   

Fluted Peak
13,554 feet
215th ranked peak
11 miles +/-
4600 feet +/-
8:00 a.m. start, summit 1:00 p.m., return to trailhead 4:30

Start at the Horn Creek Trailhead and follow it 0.5 miles +/- to sign that points right to the Horn Creek Trail. Go a short distance to another sign that points to the Horn Creek Lakes which is a left turn. There is a register 200 feet up the trail. The first 1.5 miles was dry up to the first little meadow.

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Then the trail is snow covered and I put on snowshoes for the hike up to the lake.

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I followed snowshoe tracks from there. I had broken trail back at the end of March up to the lakes and there had been three other snowshoe or ski groups that had followed my tracks since then. The trail was nicely packed and so I was only sinking in several inches in the slushy snow. Creek crossing. There are logs to get you across just to the right of this pool of water.

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I came across the Sangre De Cristo Wilderness sign. The second picture is from back on March 20 on my way to Adams. There appears to be about the same amount or maybe more snow this trip than last.

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I continued on up to just below the lakes where there is a small open area just past and below Little Horn Peak. I turned right and headed towards the saddle between Little Horn Peak and Fluted Peak.

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Dropped off my snowshoes at about 12,000 and headed up to the saddle at 12,800 feet. Some minor slides off the ridge to the left.

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Moderate slope of hill up to the saddle. There was a combination of ice, slush, water and mud going up and down that hill.

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First look at Fluted Peak farthest to the right.

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The ridge to Fluted Peak with the highest point to the right.

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Looking down from near the top of the saddle.

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Closer look.

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Looking back at Little Horn Peak.

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Looking up the ridge. I worked my way on or to the left of the ridge. Class 2 to 3 depending on your line.

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Higher up the ridge with Fluted Peak to the far right.

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After going over the several bumps before the summit and looking back at the rock slabs.

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Fluted Peak with cornice on the top.

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Summit tube. The last register was back on December 7 by a name I recognized, DHatfield and several months before that by others.

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Humbolt, Crestones, Cat Carson, Kit Carson and Mount Adams.

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Let sleeping Badgers lie.

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The weather was nearly perfect. To take from the metro New York Times reporter "it was enchanting". The trip out was good considering the warm temperatures. The snow was holding out nicely and no postholing. Certainly happy with that.

Driving to Wetmore saw these guys.

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  • Comments or Questions (7)
roozers42


That badger...     2009-05-10 09:52:24
is the cutest thing I may have ever seen! Nice report, I hope to get down there this summer a few times.


Presto


Great photos ...     2009-05-11 10:44:43
Especially those views of the Crestones, the badger (never seen one in the wild before), and Photo #17 of that cute kelpie of yours (I‘m gonna get me one of those dogs!). Thanks for posting. Happy Trails!


piper14er


Thanks.     2009-05-11 14:21:25
I don‘t know which is ”cuter” but the dog is definitely friendlier. A great day for photos and you can‘t go wrong with the Crestones.


DHatfield

Nice     2009-05-12 07:51:06
trip report and photos!! Especially of the Crestones. Thanks for posting as it brought back memories of when I did last year. I agree the badger is such a cute photo. That‘s quite the climb for this time of the year I would imagine, but its a very beautiful peak.


piper14er


Yes a good climb.     2009-05-12 08:22:48
Thanks.


Furthermore


Nice     2009-05-14 21:58:32
It‘s good to see that Sayres didn‘t stop your spring climbing! Looks like a good climb. That Badger is pretty slick.


piper14er


I did recover.     2009-05-18 06:59:44
It took a few days but I did recover. It just takes me longer now.



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