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 Peak(s):  Guyot, Mt  -  13,370 feet
 Post Date:  02/06/2010 Modified: 02/08/2010
 Date Climbed:   02/05/2010
 Posted By:  piper14er

 Mount Guyot - Northwest Ridge   

Mount Guyot - 13370 feet.
Rank - 342nd highest peak.
7-7 1/2 miles - 3000 vertical feet.
Approximately 3 hours up and 2 hours down.

My continuing non-epic, somewhat easier set of winter hikes, where there are roads and some packed trails. A nice hike with some good snowshoeing. A nice alternative.

In downtown Breckenridge turn east on Wellington Street. Follow Wellington through a series of 4-5 stop signs until you get to the French Gulch Road. Turn right and follow the road as it turns to dirt and passes several mines. At 4 miles from the turn onto Wellington you will find a signed parking area. This where I parked. You can park there or drive the next 1/2 mile to a wide spot along the plowed road just before the closed gate. The road was plowed to the gate and beyond.

This is the French Gulch trailhead and from there you will head to the Little French Gulch trail.

Looking back down the road from below the closed gate.
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Sunny with a hint of the clouds and windy weather above.
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Snowbank.
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Gate.
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Follow the road almost 1/2 mile past the gate to the trail to Little French Gulch on your left. The road continues further...
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The trail is nicely packed as long as you stay right on it as it is not too wide. Looks to be a popular ski route up to the ridge.
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Ridge to Bald Mountain.
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Bald Mountain with its windy and cloudy disposition.
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Follow the trail for about 1 1/4 miles. The trail switches back to the right to gain the ridge. This is the way you want to go.
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This picture is looking up the mouth of the gully. A few skiers have come down this way.
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There is a small log cabin to the left. This is just past the switchback.
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The dog on the trail to the ridge. Less packed here.
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The trail.
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A look at the mountain from below the ridge.
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While looking at the last picture, turn back around and you will see a trail that will take you up safely through the trees to the ridge. Avoids some avalanche danger.
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The trail switches its way up and you will pop out here. Nice snow artwork.
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Follow the trail to the top of the slope at the edge of the trees. Here is where there are some ski tracks back down the slope. This is looking ahead. Sunny and windy.
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Talus.
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The other dog. Breaktime.
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Trails to some other peaks to the south.
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Bald Mountain.
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The last stretch. Frosty.
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Summit. Too windy to stay long.
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On the summit looking back west. The summit ridge is very dramatic on its south side.
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  • Comments or Questions (5)
KentonB



Safe?     2011-02-04 17:22:16
Looks like a great hike for some winter training! Are there any steep slopes with significant avalanche danger?


Joonya

Good Trip     2010-02-09 06:45:18
Good report on a trip that‘s in my line-up for skiing later in the season.Thanks. That image #21 - WOW !! That‘s a great shot.

-JC


piper14er


Steep Slopes.     2010-02-09 07:04:16
The route I took did not have any avalanche danger. If you were to keep heading straight or to the right from Image #14 you would be heading for some steeper snow slopes. I tend to try to gain the ridges on most of my winter hikes, just as I did on this one. I hike solo most of the time and so there isn‘t anyone to ”save” me. Also right now the snow doesn‘t appear to be consolidated.


Presto


Nice Report ...     2010-11-30 10:28:49
We need to go do this one again ... looks like you had really good conditions (makes me want to go up there and do some backcountry skiing). Nice to see Gwen again! What's the name of the other dog? Thanks for posting. Happy trails!


piper14er


Dog.     2010-02-09 10:16:20
The other dog is a rescue dog that I am deciding if she will work out hiking. She has a longer coat and did not seem to mind the cold and wind. Her name is Snickers. Gwen (kelpie) doesn‘t have much hair and so I don‘t like taking her unless it is nicer. She doesn‘t like the wind too much.



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