Peak(s):  Lily Mountain - 9786
Date Posted:  05/12/2013
Modified:  05/13/2014
Date Climbed:   05/12/2013
Author:  dillonsarnelli
 A Walk in the Park - Lily Mountain: (almost in) The Rocky Mountain National Park   

A Walk in the Park - Lily Mountain from Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park - Elevation 9,786 ft.

Distance 4 miles
Elevation Gain - 1,200 ft
Participants - Sarnelli

The purpose of this trip report is actually to welcome Tyler Prince (MountainMedic) back to the great state of Colorado, but I figured in order to make it an official report, I'd have to climb/hike something. So today I got back on the horse, and headed for the big park. I didn't know exactly where I was going when I got in the jeep, but I did know the objective... Summit something, anything.... Can't say I have been on the summit of any peaks so far in 2013, so this was long overdue. It would be a gathering of one.

The last time I ventured into The Park, it looked something like this....
Rocky Mountain National Park - November 22, 2012 - Hallett Peak looms in the distance

Today, not so much...
man sits on bench in awe of the mighty Longs!

no words

There is a trail to the Lily summit that goes around the north side of the mountain from the road, but I didn't know this at the time. I started on the separate ridge trail that parallels the lake from above. After about a quarter of a mile, I decided that I needed to start going up... There is a lot of scrambling to be had up the snow free south facing side.

wherever you look, it follows you

not the summit

i made a friend

made some more friends...

future ROCKY summits!

the views are spectacular

Once you reach the first summit, you can traverse across the ridgeline to the actual summit. The rock is stable and the views are awesome.
the task at hand - the summit of Lily Mountain in the distance

a look back... The narrow slab in the middle of the picture is where I took the picture of the climber rapelling

Summit of Lily Mountain - Elevation 9,786 ft

Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

DISCLAIMER - Lily Lake is in Rocky Mountain National Park, Lily Mountain is not in the park.

And that concludes the mountaineering segment of this report. On to more important things...

On friday night our friend, Tyler Prince, returned to Colorado after a 7 month absence to recover from his ankle injury suffered last August. Welcome home Tyler!!! We all missed your head and we're glad your ankle recovery is going well. You'll be out and about chasing 14ers (and Emma) soon enough.... I'd say your chances increase exponentially if you bring back that stache though!

Welcome Home Tyler


And to conclude:


Last, I have 14 14ers left. It's about time I get off my @ss. Anyone want to come along?

The Sarnelli 14er project (link)-----> The Sarnelli 14er project

Thanks for reading.

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Comments or Questions

I knew this was going to be good when...
05/13/2013 05:56
... I saw dillonsarnelli was the author. Good start to 2013 my man!

Brian Thomas

30 years to finish RMNP?
05/13/2013 12:11
You slackers! I'm going to finish RMNP in 26 years and 8 months.


Mount Tyler
05/13/2013 15:10
Isn't that one of Roach's Classic Routes? The Park looks snowy up high. Brian, I can Name That Tune in 25 years.


Look at your trip report
05/13/2013 16:23
where are the timestamps


great comments boys
05/14/2013 16:18
Eric - haha, thanks man. Let me know when we are going to be on the same mountain on the same weekend in 2013! Brian - excellent thread in the forum, nice work, see you in the RMNP! D - There is a lyric to a song, I think you might know it. In reference to this TR, I think it very appropriate right about now. ROCKY 2, buddy, ROCKY 2! Jeff - timestamps are special, like you. Later fellas!


I should have seen this coming...
05/14/2013 22:17
...and not have given you so many photo ops! I'm honored to be included in this report and can't wait to mount some stuff with you.


Getting Back on the Horse
05/15/2013 00:08
Great report Dillon, and nice photos of the park. Looks like the first summit of the year was a great one for you. And welcome back Tyler, glad to see your recovery is going well!


05/16/2013 02:11
Dillon, I'm in for a hike anytime. Tyler, welcome home!

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