Peak(s):  Meeker, Mt  -  13,911 feet
Date Posted:  05/20/2013
Modified:  05/20/2015
Date Climbed:   05/18/2013
Author:  dillonsarnelli
Additional Members:   awknox
 No Walk in the Park: Meeker's South Ridge From Wild Basin  

No Walk in the Park: Meeker's South Ridge From Wild Basin

Peak: Mount Meeker (13,911')
Date: May 18, 2013
Trailhead: Copeland Lake (Sandbeach Lake Trail) - Rocky Mountain National Park
Approach: South Ridge (ascent) / Meeker Ridge (descent)
Distance: ~ 13 miles
Elevation Gain: ~ 5,600 ft.
Participants: Andrew Knox, Dillon Sarnelli
Time: 13 hours

"There is nothing so American as our national parks. The scenery and the wildlife are native. The fundamental idea behind the parks is native. It is, in brief, that the country belongs to the people, that it is in process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us. The parks stand as the outward symbol of the great human principle." ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

Gerry Roach describes the South Ridge route on Meeker as "one of Colorado's finest tours" that is seldom done due to its length. He goes on to say that after decades of mountaineering, this mountain remains one of his favorite places. With that paragraph and a willing climbing partner in Andrew, I already had both feet out the door. We set out from the Copeland Lake TH in Wild Basin at about 4 AM. This would be Andrew's first trek into Rocky Mountain National Park and I was eager to show him around. The plan: Hike west along the Sandbeach Lake trail to Sandbeach Lake, bushwhack north from the lake to Meeker Meadow, ascend Meeker via its south ridge to the true summit, traverse the knife edge to the lower summit, partially descend Meeker Ridge to treeline, follow Hunter's Creek back to the trail, and then head back to the Copeland Lake TH. Keep Reading...

No Walk in the Park: Meeker's South Ridge From Wild Basin

No Walk in the Park: Meeker's South Ridge From Wild Basin

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 Comments or Questions

Important Message
05/21/2013 03:01
Dilly -- Tyler wants his pliers. He also ordered $25 worth of chinese food tonight. I'm not sure any is left.

Oh, and nice climb and TR! Have fun in the desert next week Andrew, still kicking myself for not being able to make it.



Really nice!
05/21/2013 03:03
That basin is truly Wild. We wanted to climb Meeker from Keplinger's Couloir after Long's, but alas, it is like you said, a LONG day. Looks fun!


Lots Left
05/21/2013 03:10
At least 3 meals' worth. What I did have was delicious. And I did all of Jeff's dishes.

Nice TR! Oh, and where is my car key?


Looks like an awesome day
05/21/2013 03:32
Nice trip report on a seldom climbed route. Hit me up if you're ever looking for partners for adventures on some of the mountains in that area.


05/21/2013 03:33


Look at his flannel...
05/21/2013 03:53
I was content with staring at image #1. Wow!

Q) Nice TR, D.
g.1) What's all that white stuff up there in The Park? (TWFS)
7) Image #28 - The descent down Meeker Ridge - makes me want to curl up in a ball


05/21/2013 05:05
Well done guys!

Brian Thomas

RMNP > 14ers
05/21/2013 13:46
”many many many future ROCKY summits!”


Sweet way to climb Meeker
05/21/2013 14:11
While the Loft is a fine cirque, I can see why Roach holds this tour in such high regard. That East Face on Pagoda is something else. There's a lifetime of stuff to do in the park.

Also - nice Roosevelt quote Dillon.


Tyler you're FAT
05/22/2013 14:56
Thanks for the comments gang!Lifetime of stuff do in the park indeed, Brian, like Pagoda! thanks man. / D, my friend - g.2 remember it's not part of the Rocky Series unless you're coming too!(TWFS)ROCKY 2, ROCKY 2.../ Eric - I think liking and knowing how to use one's snowshoes is a prereque for boss status, i can live with baller status for now! Brian Thomas, look at your 14er picture... Jeff, Tyler, DanR, painless4u, Chris - thanks guys! WILD BASIN indeed.


Solid TR
05/23/2013 13:37
Really enjoyed this....thanks for sharing. Wild Basin is incredible, loved the photos.


Look at Pagoda's seldom seen east face!
05/24/2013 20:19
... And look at yourself!

Sweet TR Dillon and Andy; now we know why you never hang with us anymore. I can't wait to toil a bit on a few of those many-x3 summits with you in the future, brother.

You do realize that there's what some brands call an ”Ergo Televator” on your snowshoes to reduce calf strain on the ascents? Ask the boys, we may have answers my friend.


Damnit Dillon!
05/26/2013 04:19
I was totally planning on trying to lure Andrew up Meeker and Longs this summer as soon as I got home. Looks like you beat me to it.

But it all seriousness, nice work fellas. Looks like a sweet route in a cool area.

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