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Mt Hope

Postby summitstep » Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:25 pm

Hey climbers....... looking for a little info and advice. Hope to be back in Colorado next summer for another round of climbing. Although my main goals are 2 - 4 more14ers, I am constantly drawn to Mt Hope as a peak that looks inviting. If any of you have climbed it, please offer your insights. Opinions welcome on which route is preferred; Sheeps gulch or Willis gulch. I need to know if route is fairly straightforward, as orienteering is not one of my strengths, so I want a challenge but within the confines of good sense. Don't want to become a 'missing' link. Based on my son's schedule, I may be compelled to go solo. I've seen a couple TRs and she looks fun and challenging. Just can't get her off my mind (don't tell my wife). Thanks in advance for your help and thoughts. I know this is way out in time, but a man needs to dream on cold winter Ohio nights and they're comin' soon!

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Re: Mt Hope

Postby Jay521 » Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:31 pm

I have done Hope from the Sheep Gulch side and did Quail (same saddle) from the Willis side. I thought that the Sheep Gulch side was probably prettier (barely - both are nice) and I think the route finding is definitely easier on the Sheep Gulch side (take one trail and just follow it to the saddle, hang a left and go up the mountain). I will be out of town for a few days but would be happy to send you pics from both sides when I get back next week. PM me if interested. --Jay

PS - The views from the top are really good and if you are feeling up to it, Quail is a fairly easy jaunt.
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Re: Mt Hope

Postby summitstep » Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:37 pm

Thanks Jay521. I will PM you; would love to see the pics and appreciate your response. Take care and talk to you soon.
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"It's called CRAZY. And somehow, when you are bent over your poles, staring at your boots- heart heaving and trying not to cough your lung onto a rock= you look up...and you are looking down over all those beautiful mountains....and you wouldn't want to be anywhere else."

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Re: Mt Hope

Postby rajz06 » Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:21 am

I climbed Hope last Friday from Sheep Gulch TH. As Jay noted, the standard route from this approach is more straightforward as there is a solid trail to Hope Pass from where you climb Hope's east ridge (Class 2 with a little route finding). I climbed the southeast ridge of Hope which involves leaving the trail early with a little route finding but is not technical. The area is beautiful, and doing the loop and visiting Quail on the return was very rewarding. Keep us posted on your experience.

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Re: Mt Hope

Postby summitstep » Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:09 am

Thanks for the reply Rajz06, and REALLY enjoyed the trip report and photos! La Plata and Huron are two of my goals on that trip so it was fun to see them in your pics. You guys have got me weeping that next summer is so far off! :cry: But I appreciate the teasers. Glad for you that you enjoyed such a great day out.
"In this high country that we love, trails are steep. We climb each mile, breath by breath, and at the threshold of pain, bliss overtakes us."

"It's called CRAZY. And somehow, when you are bent over your poles, staring at your boots- heart heaving and trying not to cough your lung onto a rock= you look up...and you are looking down over all those beautiful mountains....and you wouldn't want to be anywhere else."

"For all the richness of normal, everyday life, it is good sometimes to trespass high in the sky, and live with uncommon intensity, experiencing something that gets close to the sublime."

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Re: Mt Hope

Postby IHikeLikeAGirl » Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:55 am

Summitstep - I would be interested in going with you, next summer. I've had my eye on Hope and Quail for awhile too. PM me as the summer draws near.
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Re: Mt Hope

Postby SilverLynx » Thu Sep 26, 2013 11:18 am

Does anyone know if there are a lot of aspens on this trail, like the South Mount Elbert trailhead? Looking at this mountain as an option for this weekend. I'm trying to get some exceptional fall color pics.
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Re: Mt Hope

Postby smoove » Thu Sep 26, 2013 11:35 am

SilverLynx wrote:Does anyone know if there are a lot of aspens on this trail, like the South Mount Elbert trailhead? Looking at this mountain as an option for this weekend. I'm trying to get some exceptional fall color pics.


Yup, I got some amazing Aspen pics there a couple years ago.

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Re: Mt Hope

Postby rajz06 » Thu Sep 26, 2013 11:37 am

SilverLynx wrote:Does anyone know if there are a lot of aspens on this trail, like the South Mount Elbert trailhead? Looking at this mountain as an option for this weekend. I'm trying to get some exceptional fall color pics.


Yes, the early part of Hope Pass trail (below 11K') is quite rich with Aspens. You won't be disappointed if you're hiking within the next week or so.

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Re: Mt Hope

Postby siop » Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:37 am

I hiked Mt Hope from Willis Gulch last Friday, you should get some good colors this weekend. For some reason this won't let me upload the photos, but the aspens were really starting to look awesome.
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Re: Mt Hope

Postby WhoDang » Fri Sep 27, 2013 10:02 am

I plan on climbing Hope tomorrow. Is there any area to camp around the Sheep Gulch Trailhead? Was planning on driving out from Denver tonight.

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Re: Mt Hope

Postby wildlobo71 » Fri Sep 27, 2013 10:06 am

WhoDang wrote:I plan on climbing Hope tomorrow. Is there any area to camp around the Sheep Gulch Trailhead? Was planning on driving out from Denver tonight.


Plenty of dispersed camping up and down 390. You should be able to get relatively close.
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