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 Peak(s):  Vermilion Pk  -  13,894 feet
Golden Horn  -  13,765 feet
 Post Date:  09/07/2010
 Date Climbed:   09/03/2010
 Posted By:  piper14er

 Vermilion - Golden Horn Saddle   

Ice Lake Basin Approach.
9 miles.
4000 feet.

Started from the 4WD trailhead at the first switchback on the Clear Lake Road. The road was not steep or really too rough. Might get a car up to the switchback. Parking for 3 or 4 vehicles. The trail connects to the South Mineral Creek trail at the 12th switchback (according to Roach).

Parking and trail.
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Walk past waterfalls.
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The S. Mineral Creek trail at 12th switchback.
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Follow a well defined trail. The first look at Vermilion (left) and Golden Horn (center right). Impressive.
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Trail. A nice trail up and past the lakes.
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Marmot youngster.
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Trail.
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Ice lake.
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Closer look at Vermilion.
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Hike up trail towards Vermilion and then cut across basin towards a break in the cliffs below the Vermilion-Golden Horn saddle.
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Looking down break in cliffs.
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Looking up ridge to Golden Horn. Class 2-2+ to summit.
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Closer look.
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Climbing up.
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Look at summit from just past and below the top.
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Pilot Knob.
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Looking at Vermilion and the northeast ridge from Golden Horn.
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The Vermilion-Golden Horn saddle looking up the northeast ridge. A tough Class 3.
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Ridge.
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Looking down the ridge from near summit.
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Summit.
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Looking down gully and the southeast ridge route. I went back down this ridge.
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Looking back at summit.
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Looking back at trail that goes to the left of the large blocks.
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Looking back up towards the Vermilion-Fuller saddle.
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A good day on mostly Class 2, loose rock from the base of the peaks in the upper basin. Some Class 2+ and Class 3 on the ridges. Too many pictures in this dramatic area to show. A good warm up for my next days climb-Teakettle (see report). 93



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  • Comments or Questions (2)
lordhelmut


Interesting agenda     2010-09-07 11:59:21
I picked the neighbor to the north, Hope Lake 13er group as a warm-up for Teakettle on sunday, like you, didn't run in to a soul (on the peaks atleast. You missed the crown jewel of the San Juans, Pilot Knob, by far the best class 4 scramble in the state, but solid itinerary regardless. The contrasting colors of that region are unreal.


piper14er


lordhelmut     2010-09-07 12:57:27
my mind says to include some of these other peaks too, like Pilot Knob, but my body says maybe another day, two peaks are enough for today



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