Peak(s):  Flora, Mt  -  13,146 feet
Eva, Mt  -  13,130 feet
Colorado Mines Peak - 12,493 feet
Post Date:  01/17/2010
Date Climbed:   01/15/2010
Posted By:  piper14er

 Berthoud Pass to the L.A. 5   

Mount Flora - 13,146 feet (13132 posted elsewhere) - ranked 528 (or 542 in another report).
Mount Eva - 13130 feet ranked 544.
Colorado Mines Peak - 12493 feet ranked 1005.

Approximately 10 miles with 1200 feet to Colorado Mines peak, 1000 feet to Mount Flora and 1400 feet to Mount Eva and back to Mount Flora.

Approximately 3 hours and change from Berthoud parking (11400 feet) to Mount Eva via Mines Peak and Flora. Approximately 2 1/2 hours return.

I read a couple of reports on this site and none in winter, so here we go again with an interesting find at the end.

The parking and peaks were socked in when we left (the dog and I) from the Berthoud Pass parking lot. Followed the road for several switchbacks before heading straight up to Mines Peak.

Looking back at parking lot.

Looking up the road that was well packed by the cat that goes up to the Mines Peak.


Looking south as clouds come and go.

Colorado Mines Peak.

Cold, windy and frosty.

Colorado Mines Peak looking towards Flora, sort of.

Continental Divide Trail below to Mount Flora.

The trail to a windy Mount Flora.

Trail to Mount Flora. Frosty. The hike to Mount Flora following the Continental Divided Trail is as laid back as it gets for high altitude hiking.

Windy. A bit like a min jetstream. The wind was constant up and back until we got into the trees again.



Looking back to Mine Peak.

A frosty Mount Flora.

Looking ahead to Mount Eva.

Okay now the camera started freezing up and I had to work to get pictures form here on out.

Looking back to Mount Flora.

Witter Peak, unranked at 12884 feet.

Approaching Mount Eva in the clouds and frosty camera. You can make out the building near the top.

Now is where it got somewhat interesting.

As I approached the building and downed towers the dog had already made his way past the structures. Then here he comes running back with a funny look on his face. So I am looking for a mountain goat or Yeti chasing him. As I got closer to the builing I see (kind of cloudy picture) the bottoms of a pair of boots just inside the building as if someone is laying down inside.

I am thinking, oh oh, someone is frozen and lost. But as I bent down to take alook inside two guys emerged from the hole below the building foundation.

There are five guys inside that were from L.A. I would say that on 90% of my winter hikes I don't see anyone and to find these guys up here was definitely different.

Here is the story. They had flown into Denver on Tuesday, taken the train to Winter Park and a cab to Berthoud Pass. Hiked up over Colorado Mines Peak and Mount Flora to Mount Eva. True question from one of the L.A. guys to me was "where did you come from and when did you leave? I answered from Berthoud Pass at about 8:30 - 8:45 a.m. It was now about noon. He said in a surprised voice that it had taken them two days to get where they were at now. Also they had awakened to the clouds and wind and decided to stay camped where they were. I explained to them that it wasn't really a blizzard or big storm. They were settled in though and were going to proceed on the next morning.

We talked for a while and I got these pictures.



They were well equipped and I was thinking that I would have liked to have their boots and tent.

I bid farewell and as I was leaving they asked me if I was going to go back "today" and I told them I was.

I went on up to the summit on Mount Eva. Pondered about going on to Parry Peak, that I probably should have, but with spending time talking, the wind and the dog looking a little frosty I returned to Berthoud Pass.

Had I continued on to Parry and made areal hike out of this I might even have gotten a kind word from Furthermore. But it was a good day as it was, even with the windy conditions. Besides I spent a little too much time thawing out the camera and talking to the L.A. group.

I did think about those guys on the way down and here were my thoughts. It took two days to get from Berthoud Pass to Mount Eva - 5 miles. They were continuing on to Parry and James Peak, Rogers Pass and then down to Winter Park - 12 miles or more.

I hope they make their Tuesday return flight.

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  • Comments or Questions

They told me about you!     01/18/2010 00:37
Hey AL, my mane is : AL !!! It‘s funny because the group from LA, told me about you! I met them on top of Bancroft, after their failed crossing to James (Too difficult with their big packs).
As we descended from Bancroft toward the lake, they decided that they needed a break and accepted my offer to give them a ride back to Denver. Today, though, they went back, up above Boulder somewhere, and spend a couple of nights back in the wild. After a nice night rest and some nice meals, they were ready to continue.
They are quite a nice bunch and had fun sharing some time with them!!
By the way, I am thinking of doing the hike you did, sometime soon!


That is funny.     01/18/2010 16:19
I am glad you met up with them. I was thinking they might have had a problem getting back to Winter Park.

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