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Suggestions for IPW hike mid-summer

Postby MtnHub » Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:45 am

I’m starting to put together some ideas for my summer vacation in mid-July and have always wanted to do something in the IPW. While I’ve heard a lot of great comments about this place, I’m totally unfamiliar with it. Since I have some friends who live close by, I was thinking about doing a moderate scenic loop hike as a warm-up, but preferably with some scrambling included – nothing terribly difficult, but along the lines of the Kelso Ridge, class 3 to easy 4.

I saw a TR awhile back of an Audubon/Paiute/Toll loop but can’t find it now. Can anyone offer a few suggestions/comments on anything they think would fit the bill?

And since I live in IA, I’m always looking for new potential partners, preferably with moderate route-finding skills – shoot me an email me if you’re interested! :-D

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Re: Suggestions for IPW hike mid-summer

Postby Dave B » Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:50 am

Since you're already coming all the way from Iowa, I'd say go just a bit farther and do something on the west side from the Roaring Fork TH area.

I'd say either the Hiamovi Mountain area or back in to Crater Lake near Lone Eagle.

The west side trails see 1/1000 the traffic of the east side trails and the terrain and views are just as good (if not better).

Brainard Lake is a shitshow in mid summer unless you get there early.
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Re: Suggestions for IPW hike mid-summer

Postby JimR » Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:08 am

South & North Arapahoe Peaks from 4th of July Campground would seem to fit what you're looking for, except that it's not a loop; the traverse between the two has a bit of scrambling. You can see some photos, including the route map, here: https://picasaweb.google.com/JimRanda/NSArapahoe_2012721?authkey=Gv1sRgCO7akpyE8LOuzQE# The parking would be crowded on a weekend (get there early), but shouldn't be a problem on a weekday.
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Re: Suggestions for IPW hike mid-summer

Postby Tory Wells » Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:41 am

+1 for Crater Lake/Lone Eagle. You can camp, climb peaks, rock climb and fish under one of the most spectacular backdrops in Colorado. And there are several photo worthy waterfalls on the hike in from Monarch Lake.
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Re: Suggestions for IPW hike mid-summer

Postby kimo » Wed Apr 10, 2013 12:36 pm

Doug, do you plan to day trip or overnight? Eastside IPW is filled with great scrambles that can be done as day trips but the western approaches are best enjoyed as an overnight. I've got a bunch of TRs on possibilities but as you know the photos are missing from most of them. My report for Jasper Peak does have pix:
http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=12057&cpgm=tripmain&ski=Include

We'd enjoy getting out with you for some IPW fun if we can make the weekend align. Let's keep in touch.

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Re: Suggestions for IPW hike mid-summer

Postby ajkagy » Wed Apr 10, 2013 12:44 pm

Neva north ridge
South to North arapaho peak
Shoshoni to Apache
Pawnee East ridge
Audubon SE ridge/Audubon to Paiute

^^^all of these are quality

Crater lake/lone eagle probably one of the best overnight trips
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Re: Suggestions for IPW hike mid-summer

Postby MtnHub » Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:09 pm

Thanks to everyone who has posted thus far! I really appreciate all the suggestions! :-D

I should have clarified initially however, I am mainly interested in day hikes. I don't do overnights well and don't want to bring all the extra gear along if I don't have to.

Kimo, shoot me an email sometime! Thanks!

Re: Suggestions for IPW hike mid-summer

Postby FireOnTheMountain » Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:24 pm

Good idea Mr. Hub! IPW is a delightful place :-D

I ran this loop this past summer....http://www.swarpa.net/~danforth/run/ipwmarathon.html

Perhaps it was the amazing cloud coverage and dewy air, but I enjoyed it more than the 4 Pass Loop. As people have mentioned, descending into the Lone Peak basin from Paiute Pass is simply stunning with all the waterfalls and high peaks. Heres a tip: go CCW. That way you avoid going up Autoban's east slopes in the hottest part of the day (a lesson I learned the hard way)

Feeling spunky?! You can attempt to beat some sub par trail runner's fastest known time of the loop. 3:45 I believe by Anton.
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Re: Suggestions for IPW hike mid-summer

Postby Tory Wells » Wed Apr 10, 2013 5:09 pm

Crater Lake/Lone Eagle Cirque works just fine as a day hike, about 14 miles roundtrip from Monarch Lake. Of course, if you want to go up Lone Eagle you'd need to start really early.
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Re: Suggestions for IPW hike mid-summer

Postby Double Oh Seven » Wed Apr 10, 2013 6:41 pm

The IPW is one of my favorite places its absolutely beautiful in July.


I saw some trip reports for the Audubon/Paiute/Toll loop on summitpost. I believe the northwest face of toll is a class 3 route. This was on my shortlist for the summer and looks like a great time.

There are a lot of great class 3-4 routes to be found.

Two other good ones to consider

The airplane gully to arapahoe peak

The Queensway couloir to Apache peak if you want an easy snowclimb about (35 degrees for 800 feet.)

If you can get your hands on a copy of this book it will give you some great options as well....

http://www.amazon.com/Colorados-Indian-Peaks-2nd-Edition/dp/145876110X

It does get really crowded but start early and get a few miles in and you won't see many people.

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Re: Suggestions for IPW hike mid-summer

Postby Danny504 » Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:12 pm

Found a nice TR on Summitpost that I think I'd like to do this summer. Seems it may suit your needs as well.

http://www.summitpost.org/indian-peaks-traverse-shoshoni-peak-apache-peak-navajo-peak-niwot-ridge/669823

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Re: Suggestions for IPW hike mid-summer

Postby kimo » Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:46 pm

MtnHub wrote:moderate scenic loop hike as a warm-up...nothing terribly difficult...class 3 to easy 4...mainly interested in day hikes...don't want to bring all the extra gear along...


With that in mind you can't go wrong with the Arapaho traverse. Great route worth repeating. Also consider scrambling up the east ledges to the top of Apache (easy c3), traversing to Navajo via the west chimney, and then descending Airplane Gully. It keeps you off the snowfields so you can leave the crampons at home. Both trailheads are super crowded during the day but an early start guarantees front row parking.

If you're looking for a laid-back loop with easier scrambling and moderate route finding, consider the east ledges of Shoshoni starting down at the shore of Lake Isabelle. Progress is relaxed and easy up and across the ledges. From the top of Shoshoni, cross over talus to Pawnee Peak and then, as an option, continue on to Mount Toll. From the saddle between Pawnee and Toll, descend on talus to the upper Blue Lake basin. Pick your way through slabs, grass, and wildflowers to Blue Lake and the trail back to the TH.

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