|2016-08-29||Route: Twin Peaks ridge/Big Willis trail
Posted On: 2016-08-30, By: JasonKline
Info: Got snow on August 29 while I was hiking there as well as later that evening, but the snow was mostly gone the following afternoon.
|2016-07-04||Route: Big Willis gulch
Posted On: 2016-07-04, By: SnowAlien
Info: Sadly, no snow left on the route (except for a small avoidable patch near the summit). Bringing skis is not advisable Trail early on is wet, but gets dry as you climb higher. Wildflowers are nice. p.s. Hiking downhill for extended periods of time sucks. Why anyone would wanna do that?
|2012-02-26||Route: NE Ridge
Posted On: 2012-02-26, By: Matt Lemke
Info: Today a friend and I climbed Rinker Peak and Twin Peaks from CO 82. This was a 12 hour day as we had to break trail all the way to treeline and it seemed no one had ever been up there in a long time. Anyone know when Rinker was last climbed? Anyway, it took us 5 hours to break that steep NE ridge which we started right off the highway near Twin Lakes. 2.5 hours later we summitted after heading over Twin Peaks. To our surprise there was no wind too speak of and the sun was out all day. Actually it was very warm. 7.5 hours up, 4 hours down. Plunging down our trench we made was very entertaining! Currently, there is now a 2-3 foot deep trench all the way up this ridge. Above treeline the class 2 and Class 2+ sections were not bad at all. Most of the area above treeline on this ridge was free of snow. We ditched the snowshoes at treeline. Too bad lots of snow will be falling tomorrow night...guess we get exclusive rights to this one hehe! We chose to do this peak as this route is pretty safe from avy dangers and it is an important bi-centennial...a list I may eventually finish after finishing the centennials this year. Happy climbing, Matt
|2011-07-18||Route: Willis Gulch
Posted On: 2011-07-18, By: Papillon
Info: No good no bueno. The bridge at the Willis Gulch TH is out. There is a replacement bridge sitting there but it will not be installed until October per the FS. Alternate ways to cross the creek are as follows: 1) About 1/6 mile west on CO 82, there are two pull offs that will accommodate a handful of vehicles. There is a Gaging Station here and a foot bridge that will take you across. 2) About 1/2 mile west on CO 82, there is access from the Parry campground. The FS advises you to contact the host at the campground because parking is limited. There might be a $5 day use fee as well. Image 1: old bridge Image 2: the void Image 3: new bridge