This is my first trip report, so hopefully I don't ramble too much.
I started out just wanting to climb all of Colorado's 14ers, then just recently decided that I might as well climb the Centennial 13ers as well. I'm only at 35 14ers, but I don't want the fun to end...I'll probably just end up climbing them all 'till I can't anymore.
Anyway, since the weather has been so cooperative here in the fall, My roomate Eric(Erox72) and I decided to try to get another hike in before it becomes a winter climb. We decided on doing Pacific Pk. and Atlantic Pk. They're Centennials, they're close to Denver, and I've always wanted to hike them since seeing them off Hwy 91 when I was a kid.
We left Denver a little late, but got to the Mayflower Gulch TH around 8 and started the hike around 8:30am.
For real! Don't wanna be in a vehicle going 20MPH on this road. It's bad going 5MPH in Eric's truck
Following Gerry and Jennifer Roach's book, "Colorado's Thirteeners," We left the road and started to bushwhack through the willows to get to the saddle just south of Mayflower Pk. We left the road at about 1.4 miles from the hwy parking lot and made our way through the willows.
Eric making his way...How does he see over those?
sunrise over atlantic and fletcher
We reached the top of the saddle just south of Mayflower Hill and there wasn't much of a trail to follow from this point. We just stayed along the rocky ridge doing some fun bouldering until we reached the saddle between Crystal and Pacific peaks. From there the trail is pretty well defined to the top.
Pacific Pk. and it's notched summit.
There she is...Pacific and that class 3 route we really wanted to do.
Not tough at all, but maybe a class 3 move or two to get to the summit.
Me on the summit pitch...yep, those are real Bear Grylls Pants!!!
Eric choosing his own route.
I love lake
Spend a few on pacific then onto atlantic. Got snowed on intermittently.
saddle to Atlantic...just a quick stroll.
getting snowed on...top of atlantic.
snow up high, rain down low.
I love it when the storms pass around you.
We looked at doing the book recommended route down the ridge of Atlantic, but something about the couloirs on the southwest slopes were calling us. Wish we would have brought the helmets though. Steep, loose, and many class 3 downclimbing moves...maybe even a 3+, or easy 4 move in there.
The recommended ridge route.
'Bout half way down the couloir.
weaved our way down just to the left of the mine hole.
another look at our route down
almost came down on top of this...not good.
back at the truck...what a cool looking area.
Overall a very fun hike, took us about 6.5 hours and RT about 8 miles...the descent and the bouldering at the beginning slowed us down a bit, but we weren't in much of a hurry anyway.
Just a few more photos from the hike.
Eric loves his Jersey headbands (us Colo. natives haven't caught on to that one yet)
action photos with the Bear Grylls pants...they make everything feel so adventurous
Me with Pacific in the background and feeling good
always wanted to take the picture where you lay flat on a rock and make it look like your going verticle...guess I didn't think about the clouds
You can even jump higher...just like Bear Grylls
Def. recommend this hike...and the Bear Grylls Pants!
More mine ruins pics by request. The close up pics didn't turn out for some reason.