Buying Gear?  Click Here
Buying gear? Please use these links to help 14ers.com:

More info...

Other ways to help...
 Peak(s):  Marble Mtn A  -  13,266 feet
 Post Date:  05/29/2010 Modified: 05/30/2010
 Date Climbed:   05/25/2010
 Posted By:  Eph 2 5

 Great early season hike   

I've gotten so much information from 14ers.com over the past few years, so I thought it was time for me to contribute a trip report from a really nice hike in the Sangres.
I had been wanting to hike Marble Mountain early in the hiking season for several years because I had heard it was very low risk for avalanches and knew that it would provide great views of the Crestones. It didn't disappoint.
I postponed my hike 1 day because of forecasts for 70 mph wind gusts on the date I orginally planned to hike. I had great weather this day with very little wind and warm temperatures. There was no snow on S. Colony Rd. as far as the Rainbow Trail crossing.
Image
Pikes Peak

The day started with some really nice views back to the east toward Pikes Peak and the Wet Mountains. I started hiking at 6:30 a.m.The first hour and a half I was in the trees, but a few times I wandered over to the north edge of the ridge to look up into the South Colony basin. I started seeing Crestone Needle fairly early in the hike. The snow below treeline was consolidated and still firm for my ascent. Image
Marble, Broken Hand Pk., Crestone Needle

After breaking through treeline, I immediately hiked over to the north part of the ridge to get great views of the Crestones and surrounding peaks. I had these views for the rest of the ascent and stopped often to take pictures and catch my breath. I'm definitely not in mid-season shape yet.
Image
Crestones

Image
Crestones close-up

As I climbed higher, Kit Carson and Columbia Pt. (I think) came into view. Upper and Lower S. Colony lakes also became more and more visible.

Image
S. Colony Lakes, Crestones, Kit Carson

Image
Broken Hand Pk., Crestones, Kit Carson

Image
Crestones


Image
Humboldt

From my vantage point it looked like much of the east slopes route of Humboldt was dry, except some of the areas on the ridge (although I'm not sure of the exact course of that route )
Image
summit

It took me 3 hours and 15 minutes to reach the summit. I would have liked to have continued west on the ridge that leads towards Milwaukee Peak, but the snow on it made it a little beyond my comfort level .
Image
summit looking south

I was very impressed with the basins to the south of Marble Mtn. (the Music Pass area) It took me 2 1/2 hours to get back to my car. By the time I got below tree line the snow had softened a lot. I postholed fairly often, but not enough to put on my snowshoes which remained attached to my pack all day. It was a great day in the mountains. Thanks to the 14ers.com members who helped me with information in the forum prior to this hike.



Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
 


  • Comments or Questions
piper14er


Nice     2010-05-31 07:57:51
Plenty of 13ers to do around there.



   Using your forum id/password. Not registered? Click Here


Caution: The information contained in this report may not be accurate and should not be the only resource used in preparation for your climb. Failure to have the necessary experience, physical conditioning, supplies or equipment can result in injury or death. 14ers.com and the author(s) of this report provide no warranties, either express or implied, that the information provided is accurate or reliable. By using the information provided, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless 14ers.com and the report author(s) with respect to any claims and demands against them, including any attorney fees and expenses. Please read the 14ers.com Safety and Disclaimer pages for more information.

© 2014 14ers.com®, 14ers Inc.