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 Peak(s):  Bison Peak - 12,450 feet
 Post Date:  06/08/2009
 Date Climbed:   06/07/2009
 Posted By:  CRAIGO

 Bison Peak Rocks!   

Ute Creek Trailhead
RT Mileage ~12.1 miles
Elevation Gain ~3700'

Bison Peak had been on my list for about a year now.

My wife, sister, and I started on the trail at about 6:30 am. The first 2.5 miles are pretty uneventful, but the views of the Tenmile and Mosquito ranges are great.
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The trail then steepens and switchbacks up to Bison pass at mile 4. At the fork in the road, we took a right up to Bison's arm. The trail finally leaves the trees and switchbacks up to the huge summit plateau.
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Finally we saw what we came for…the rock formations. They are AWESOME!! First things first…we wanted to hit the summit. The trail ended at Bison Pass (~11,800), and there were a couple of different options to get to the summit. We chose to go left, and we reached the summit 1 mile beyond the top of the pass.
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The views were incredible. We could see Pike's, Sherman, the southern Sawatch, Lincoln, Bross, Democrat, and even the Sangre's. The best views of the day were all of the rock formations on the summit. AMAZING!!!
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The traditional summit shot with the wifey...
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Even though it was cold and windy, I had to climb at least one of the formations…FUN!!!
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The way down went quickly. Then it was back to the city for Chili's chips and salsa…YUM!!!

Notes: This was a really fun hike. Even though it was a weekend in June, we only saw about 6 other people all day, and all on the way down. The solitude was really nice from the crowds that are always climbing the 14ers. I would recommend this to all. You will have so much fun at the top of Bison.



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  • Comments or Questions (4)
clemsonmtneer


Bison is awesome     2009-06-08 21:57:37
Nice report! My friend and I also did Bison this past weekend (Saturday), and you‘re right those rock formations are amazing. One of the cooler summits out there even though it‘s ”only” a 12er.


rocrunner


No Bears!     2009-06-09 07:48:18
Your luck must be changing or maybe its just me The top looks sweet. Make for some nice bouldering. Nice views too!


CRAIGO


rocrunner     2009-06-09 12:14:36
It is funny how much sucsess I have when I‘m not hiking with you!! No weather or bears to deal with!!


jibler

bison     2009-06-09 19:08:04
Yeah I was looking at those rock formations from Devil‘s Head Lookout and thinking I gotta get me some of those!

Nothing better than a rock castle at the end of a hike...



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