Peak(s):  Mt. Eolus  -  14,083 feet
Windom Peak  -  14,082 feet
Sunlight Peak  -  14,059 feet
Post Date:  07/13/2010
Date Climbed:   07/04/2010
Posted By:  slaggbottom

 July 4th Chicago Basin Trifecta   

As part of a 4 day San Juan trip over the 4th of July weekend, I took the train from Silverton, and bagged all 3 peaks (and N. Eolus) on a gorgeous day. Gotta give Mother Nature the credit for this one.

Full Report Here:
Train ride and hike in:
Summit Day!!!

I also hiked Handies, Redcould and Sunshine over the next 2 days, but haven't finished those reports yet.

Sample Pics:

Mr. Goat at sunrise:

Eolus and the catwalk:

Crossing between Twin Lakes:

At the notch on Windom's Ridge:

Path up to Sunlight, from Windom:

Red = my path down Windom. Blue = ascent I saw other hikers taking (more solid rock likely).

Crux move on Sunlight's ascent:

A brave soul atop Sunlight's summit block:

Cascading stream on the descent:

Lots more pics in the Full Report.


  • Comments or Questions

Some of...     07/14/2010 05:36
...the best pics I‘ve ever seen here. Awesome.


Absolutely stellar ...     07/14/2010 15:07
Photos! Thanks for posting. Happy trails!


Nice Photos!     07/14/2010 15:53
Once again, you provide me with great photo beta for my upcoming trip!


Absolutely........     07/14/2010 20:44
Wicked pictures! My wife and I had a blast up there last season.


Wow,     07/14/2010 22:03
amazing photos! Makes we want to go back! Thanks for sharing!


got goats?     07/15/2010 01:54
I felt like reading this report I already climbed it. But seriously what a report. It will make our trip there as easy to follow as possible. You have awesome photos. Great job on the climb


Thanks for the comments everyone     07/15/2010 17:18
Don‘t worry, it‘ll be a whole new experience climbing in person versus via the photos (and a LOT more challenging/tiring/fun!) :-)


Sweet     07/19/2010 00:13
sweet pictures and trip report.


Super Report     07/28/2010 22:02
Wow. Thanks for all the detail. I am trying the three late next week. Hope to have as much luck as you did, but so far the weather looks iffy.

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