Forum
Buying gear? Please use these links to help 14ers.com:

More info...

Other ways to help...

Engineer Mountain info?

Information on peaks other than the CO 14ers and 13ers.
User avatar
Posts: 90
Joined: Thu Jul 09, 2009 9:37 pm
Location: Bluff City, TN

Engineer Mountain info?

Postby Teeboy » Sun Sep 12, 2010 11:53 am

Just curious if anyone has any info on Engineer Mountain? I've foud some trip reports on other sites, but was just curious. I tried to search here, but only came up with Engineer Pass info....Thanks in advance!

Online
User avatar
Posts: 66
Joined: Mon Nov 10, 2008 3:27 pm
Location: Superior Co

Re: Engineer Mountain info?

Postby pkpzp228 » Sun Sep 12, 2010 3:02 pm

It's been a few years since I was there so details are a bit fuzzy. As a summer climb I believe parts of the ascent (south east ridge?) are marginal class 4, during the winter it's a great snow climb, very steep near the summit, wouldn't be a bad idea to carry a few pickets and a rope. I climbed in the winter, the approach and climb were both easy, we chose not to rope up except for portions of the descent. If you climb in the late winter/spring you will certainly want an early start as the ridge is prone to slide. Here's some photos from my climb.

all photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/30886436@N03/sets/72157615875271326/

ridge:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/30886436@N03/3383744039/sizes/l/in/set-72157615875271326/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/30886436@N03/3384548962/sizes/l/in/set-72157615875271326/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/30886436@N03/3384550122/sizes/l/in/set-72157615875271326/

User avatar
Posts: 13
Joined: Tue Sep 18, 2007 1:05 pm
Location: Colorado Springs

Re: Engineer Mountain info?

Postby Montagne » Sun Sep 12, 2010 4:02 pm

My wife and I just climbed Engineer at the end of July. It was a really fun and short hike/climb with spectacular views. We took the trail off of Coal Bank Pass and followed the ridge line to the top. The route up the ridge was class 3 but could become class 4 or 5 depending on your route selection. We ran into a dead end exposure but backtracked to an area that looked just like a hallway. We climbed over the left wall unto a steep slope. At the bottum of the slope is a sharp drop off (the ribbed edge of engineer). However, there was solid rock and deep cracks that served as excellent handholds and footholds. After ascending past that we arrived at a catwalk to one last final pitch which was not challenging. There were only 2 spots that required class 3 moves on our ascent. Please e-mail me for specific questions. Jberger@gmx.us.

User avatar
Posts: 686
Joined: Mon Aug 15, 2005 6:17 pm
Location: Lakewood

Re: Engineer Mountain info?

Postby JeffR » Tue Sep 21, 2010 9:49 am

If you're talking about the Engineer Mountain near Ouray, there is a 4x4 road that gets within a few hundred feet of the summit. Off the Million Dollar Hwy, take Ouray County 18 which turns into OC17, then north on OC2.
To recognize the beauty in sadness, without playing host to the pain...
- Under the Sun, "Reflections"

Online
User avatar
Posts: 1324
Joined: Wed Jun 29, 2005 10:17 am
Location: Dillon

Re: Engineer Mountain info?

Postby TravelingMatt » Tue Sep 21, 2010 10:12 am

Cooper's Colorado Scrambles book has route info. He calls it "some class 3 and maybe a couple of moves of class 4".
So pleas'd at first the towering Alps we try,
Mount o'er the vales, and seem to tread the sky,
Th' increasing prospects tire our wand'ring eyes,
Hills peep o'er hills, and Alps on Alps arise!
-- Alexander Pope

User avatar
Posts: 1061
Joined: Mon Apr 14, 2008 9:38 pm
Location: Between wherever and Desert Hills AZ

Re: Engineer Mountain info?

Postby Mark A Steiner » Tue Sep 21, 2010 5:45 pm

JeffR wrote: by JeffR » Tue Sep 21, 2010 9:49 am
If you're talking about the Engineer Mountain near Ouray, there is a 4x4 road that gets within a few hundred feet of the summit. Off the Million Dollar Hwy, take Ouray County 18 which turns into OC17, then north on OC2.


I believe this Engineer Mountain is just off Engineer Pass, a high point on the Ouray-Hinsdale county line. You may also approach this EM from Lake City up Henson Creek, etc. I believe there is still a jeep trail leading near the summit.

The better known Engineer north of the Durango Mountain (Purgatory) resort, the main topic of this thread has an impressive mountain profile when viewed from any angle, even to those who have never tried hiking or climbing it.
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatever state I am, therewith to be content - Paul the Apostle.
Good day.

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests