|Peak:||Mt. Ouray (13er)|
|Date of Info:||09/01/2011|
Climbed the East Ridge today - a Roach-designated **classic**. The only way this route could be considered a classic is if you happen to enjoy hiking in quiet solitude on perfectly wild trail through healthy forest and unspoiled tundra teeming with flora and fauna. Those of us who prefer doing an ant march with hundreds of ill-prepared hikers, constant litter and loud summit cell phone conversations will find this route seriously lacking.
Greenhouseguy's TR perfectly captures the route. I just want to add one quick clarification to ease routefinding in the trees. An attached picture below shows the first major stream crossing. After crossing the log in the foreground, the main trail appears to go straight over the log in the sunshine. NO!!!!! That log is meant to guide you to a less obvious trail to the left. GO LEFT!!!! Save yourself a heart-breaking bushwack that the other path inevitably leads to.
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