We up at 4:30 AM and were on the road by around 5:30 AM headed to the Matterhorn Creek Trailhead for the climb to Whetterhorn. The group included Mike (CO), Tim (AK), Bob (CO), JRock (CO), Stranger (TX), Greg (KS) and Rockchalker (TX). We were on the trail by 7:00 AM with the summit of Whetterhorn in our sights.
Ultimately only Bob and Greg would actually summit with the rest of us making it close but getting turned back for a variety of reasons. In spite of the aborted summit attempt, we still had a great time and were thrilled that Greg and Bob both made it to the top. Seeing them both come into view on the summit from our vantage point on the saddle was a real thrill.
We were back at the trailhead by 2:00 PM and back in Lake City by around 3 PM, heading straight to the Packer Saloon and Cannibal Grill for another round of beer and buffalo burgers. We had a great time lounging in the outdoor patio, basking in the sun and 70 degree temperatures.
Matterhorn Creek Trailhead
JRock signing us in
Trail to Whetterhorn
Rockchalker and JRock near the summit approach
Mike from Colorado Springs
Panoramic view of the San Juan's
Looking down from the Whetterhorn approach
JRock headed down
Bob and Greg on the distant summit
Mike on the way down
Image #19 (not yet uploaded)