Kataka Mtn. 12441
Approximately 9 miles RT
Elevation Gain Approx-2900
USGS 7 1/2 Mt. Evans
Bryce and Erika
This is my first trip report so bear with it. 2 Years ago when I was bit by the hiking bug it occured while hiking in this area. Thus, I have developed a love for this quiet wilderness and a desire to climb all 17 named peaks in the Mt. Evans Wilderness. These hikes are challenging in the sense that they are not trails to most of the peaks so bushwacking and route-finding are essential and of course it adds to fun of it all.
This hike starts on the Scott Gomer/Abyss Lake Trail about 6 miles up the Guanella Pass road. The Parking area is on the east side of the road-Geneva Park is the meadow across the road to the west.
We hiked the trail for about 3 miles and about a mile after the first major creek crossing, a rocky ridge to the north of the trail comes into view. We left the trail and gained the ridge to the north which is rock strewn. After this ridge, the north slopes are steep tundra walking with some snow (but not enough snow to warrant snowshoes). We did posthole in a few places coming back as the snow had softened from the sun.
The wind was whipping pretty good above treelinea and it was necessary to don a shell.
The summit is broad and gentle and affords amazing views and solitude.
This is an area known for bighorn sheep herds but we saw none.
Enjoy and happy trails!
above the ridge, nearing treeline and the north slopes of the mountain
the ridge continues
looking down 1/4 up the ridge to the Scott Gomer drainage
The rocky north ridgeTo display your photos (uploaded below) in the final trip report, type the image number (i.e., 1, 2, 3), highlight it with your cursor, and click on the Image button on the right. Example:
The rocky north ridge