Peak(s):  Saint Vrain Mountain - 12162
Meadow Mountain - 11632
Date Posted:  06/03/2013
Modified:  07/07/2014
Date Climbed:   06/02/2013
Author:  dillonsarnelli
 Between a Rock(y) and a Hard Place: Saint Vrain Mountain & Meadow Mountain   

Between a Rock(y) and a Hard Place: Saint Vrain Mountain & Meadow Mountain

Halfway between The Rocky Mountain National Park and the Indian Peaks Wilderness


Mountains: Saint Vrain Mountain (53rd highest hard ranked peak in RMNP) - Elevation 12,162 ft. and Meadow Mountain (65th highest hard ranked peak in RMNP) - Elevation 11,632 ft.
Date Climbed: June 2, 2013
Trailhead: Saint Vrain Mountain TH - 8,940 ft. (AND less than an hour from Denver if you drive like you're from NJ!)
Distance: ~ 10 miles
Elevation Gain: ~ 3,600 ft.
Participants: Sarnelli, solo mission

Another trip report... (who am I, Bergsteigen?)

The Plan: Head up the St Vrain Trail from the St Vrain Mtn TH in the Indian Peaks Wilderness to the St Vrain Mountain / Meadow Mountain saddle. Enter the RMNP and then hike north up Meadow Mountain, come back down to the saddle, and then head up the eastern slope of Saint Vrain Mountain. Both of these summits are on The Park border. I also believe that each of these summits are split down the middle and are located in both the RMNP and the IPW.

I thought it might be helpful to detail where snowshoes were necessary (see the arrows above).

what is this, Longs?!?!?

Actually, other than these heads, I would only see 2 others the rest of the day.... and nobody above the trees for miles and miles...

it's about to get real... approaching the saddle

the view from the saddle. A sunset from here must be incredible.

Mission #1 - Cameron, I mean Meadow Mountain....

Obviously, you can see why this hill of talus gets overlooked... Look at it's neighbors! However, if you ever have the opportunity to see the views from this summit, you know why you won't want to come back down. The bird's eye view of the entire WILD BASIN is a perspective like no other...

Summit of Meadow Mountain - Elevation 11,632 - June 2, 2013

Summit of Meadow Mountain - Elevation 11,632 - June 2, 2013 ----- Mount Alice (L) and Chiefs Head Peak (R) and Wild Basin all

a look back down at the St Vrain Trail. Lower portion of St Vrain Mountain, upper right

Can you ever get enough of these 2...

Mission #2 - St Vrain Mountain

I could stay here all day...

It was about here I broke west, off the trail and began the trek up St Vrain. The snow begins almost immediately after leaving the trail and the saddle. I put the snowshoes back on, but really only for traction and left them off on the way down.

there is no route finding, just go up, and keep going...

Summit of St Vrain Mountain - Elevation 12,162 ft. - June 2, 2013

Summit of St Vrain Mountain - Elevation 12,162 ft. - June 2, 2013

The Indian Peaks... I still have yet to really set foot on that planet...

right where I left them...

a look back up at St Vrain. You can see my route to the summit


THE END - Thanks for reading all.

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Comments or Questions
06/03/2013 22:34
I haven't checked it out yet either. Let's go soon? You like snow climbs, right?

Brian Thomas
Look at yourself!
06/03/2013 22:40
Dude, you read my mind, am thinking of hitting these two this Saturday morning. Great route/conditions beta! Sorry you can't join for Glacier Gorge this weekend.

06/03/2013 22:51
Albeit only slightly better than the Front-Door-to-Uhaul Traverse. Are 11ers and 12ers ”in” now? You should start a website.

St Vrain beta
06/03/2013 23:11
... been meaning to ski this one. Every time I've been up there, it's been foot deep pow, how odd it looks now.

Even better to see so much snow in the IPW!

Trainer Keri
Dillion ROCKS!!!
06/03/2013 23:37
Always love reading your trip reports and viewing your awesome pics!!!!

Hit Snowdrift next...
06/04/2013 15:30
When we moved to CO back in '07 we camped and hiked 5 consecutive weekends in RMNP. You can't lose up there. An out and back from Milner Pass later this summer is in the works if you are interested. Keep these coming...

06/04/2013 22:34
Jeff - can you pencil me in for July, maybe? but don't forget about the bell cord! PS - there are trees in the IPW too. Oh and the 1st to comment again, maybe we are friends. thanks man

Brian - we'll get on the same game plan one of these weekends! I enjoyed both of these mtns. Have a good one out there and let me know how McHenry's goes!

D - a comment and a XXXXLike??!?!?... 7 months ago in the fall of 2012 it was cold and windy on HALLETT, and a 9 month burger ago we saw a YETI on the side of the road.... ROCKY 2 doesn't happen until the BIG D is present...

Bergsteigen - I'm still waiting for those ski lessons! Glad I could provide some beta. Oh and your TR's are awesome....ALL of them

Keri - your second comment of ALL TIME? HA - This is an Honor!

Kevin - Snowdrift, I'm on it! Keep me posted on Milner for sure. Anything from there... would be great to meet you.

06/05/2013 03:58
Johnson is always trying to talk me into this hike. I guess I can see why now. I'll have to try to join you guys sometime in the Park; especially if BIG D goes. I have some of the 13ers there on my short list. Great report as usual.

Gary (and Barry)!
06/05/2013 04:34
It's been far too long, my friends. I'd love to hit The Park sometime!

Ski lessons
06/05/2013 23:27
Lesson #1:

Lesson #2:

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