14er #3 for me.
Left Colorado Springs : 3:45am
Arrived TH : 5:55am (travelled via Woodland Park/Deckers)
Left the TH at 6:10am, arrived back at the TH at 11:50 with almost an hour at the top.
I really enjoyed this one. Not difficult other than right smack in the middle of the hike when you gain the most elevation in the shortest amount of time.
Wildlife! While we were preparing to leave the car, we saw 3 moose on the North edge of the largest lake that is down below (E) of the parking lot. The entire parking lot was peering through binoculars to get a look. Then, as we arrived at the top of the…not sure what to call it…top of the ridge prior to the final ascent up the talus, there is a flat area where you can look South toward some smaller lakes. Just down below us we see 4 mountain goats! Beauties! I love to
An uneventful climb otherwise. The summit was beautiful and we lingered for about and hour down on the leeward side of the peak to escape the cold breeze. When we arrived there were about 15 people on top. When we left the number had to have been 75! It was freakin' crowded...!!!
Morning at the TH with Bier and Sawtooth in view
Boy you can sure see what a nightmare this bog crossing was before the boardwalk was built...
Through the willows and on our way
Me getting ready to cross the stream
The stream crossing...
On through the willows
...and on up...
Not always a path, but lots of cairns...
The summit shot!
My climbing parter Terry!
The view relaxing on the summit
And the gps says....
Although I may not quite be ready for the sawtooth...it sure looks inviting!
The sawtooth to Evans...
Broke out the map and compass for a little bearing practice and peak ID'ing...
Grays and Torreys
The view back toward the parking lot on the way back down
A final look back toward Bierstadt and the sawtooth