Peak(s):  Unnamed 13085  -  13,085 feet
Unnamed 13100 A  -  13,100 feet
Date Posted:  08/07/2013
Date Climbed:   08/04/2013
Author:  bergsteigen
Additional Members:   Kevin Baker
 Transport yourself to paradise!   

"Ribbed Peak", Pt 13,100 A

Trailhead: Woods Lake
Mileage: 12.38
Elevation Gain: 5,282'

Tired of your boring rocky, above treeline 13er ridge runs with the same views? Looking for something a little different? More remote? A navigational challenge from start to finish? Wanting to find two coveted "Low 100 13ers" to add to your list? Think about visiting the Holy Cross Wilderness for your next adventure!

Evening light over Holy Cross Wilderness

Do you love lakes and waterfalls? We have plenty of those for your photographic enjoyment! Walk along a moist and mossy forest trail to the sounds of cascading waterfalls and chirping birds!

Crossing Eagle Lake

A misty lake

Enjoy remote lake reflections? Fairview Lake has it all! Flowers, jagged mountains and still waters provide excellent photographic opportunities!

Fairview Lake

Flowers in the morning


Lake reflections

Tired of boring ridge ascents that provide little navigational challenge? Want to scramble slippery wet rocks in a steep stream bed? Ribbed has it! Just follow the first gully after arriving at Fairview Lake, and choose your adventure! Plenty of flowers to accompany you on your journey as well.

The ascent gully up Ribbed

Lush stream gully

Some wet scrambling - Photo Credit: Kevin

Avalanche Peak

Flowers in the gully

Enjoy challenging loose chossy gullies? The final gully up to the high saddle with Ribbed is your place! Lots of giant boulders to move around and carefully tread upon, on your journey upward!

Rocky upper gully
Chossy upper gully

Looking over to 13,100 and the grassy ledge traverse

Upper section of gully

Like steep exposed scrambling? Once at the saddle, a solid featured rock wall presents itself for your scrambling pleasure!

At Saddle

Scramble to the top!

Summit ridge - Photo Credit: Kevin

The summit of Ribbed provides 360 degree views of jagged mountains and lush valleys with plenty of lakes to explore on future trips!

Summit Pano north

Me on the summit - Photo Credit: Kevin

Looking towards 13,100

Still needing more navigational challenges? Do you love steep grassy ledges? Well, the traverse to 13,100 should be your next destination! Lots of ups and downs, around and through rocks await you! Plenty of rock ribs and undulations to keep you guessing whether you have found that last grassy ledge to ascend to the final peak!

Kevin looking back at Ribbed
First grassy ledge to find

Flowers along grassy ledge

Final Grassy ledge... I hope!

Once on Pt 13,100 A, you can look back on your adventure from Ribbed Peak with awe. What an amazing ridge traverse!

On the summit of 13,100, looking back at Ribbed

It's all downhill from here, on giant blocky talus! Traverse around to avoid the cliffs!

Descent off Ribbed

Then back down into the lush valley below, to relax by the calm, soothing, gorgeous Eagle Lake!

Lush Valley

Eagle Lake Reflections

Now, don't dawdle on the return to your vehicles at the trailhead if you want to avoid even a single drop of rain... Mr Bluebird and Little Miss Sunshine can only provide a 3 hour weather window of sweet glorious sunshine before the wet fury of Monsoon Season will be upon us once again!

Remember Ribbed - It's for your pleasure!

My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):

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Comments or Questions
Kevin Baker
Sweet area
08/07/2013 18:41
I new this was gonna be a cool hike when I saw the Ribbed group from Gold Dust last year. It certainly is more Gore-like in ruggedness. Those waterfalls just kept coming! It was also a pleasant surprise to find a trail to Fairview Lake, although I think the part we lost was submerged in the swamps! Nice getting out with you, Otina. Heck of an adventure!

Are we really in the Sawatch?
08/07/2013 19:18
The HCW seems to have a completely different character from the rest of the range.

What a fun report
08/07/2013 19:50
Are you guys going to be putting together 3 day 4 night guided packages starting at just $999 per person? Looks like a super sweet area for sure!

08/07/2013 21:42
...maybe my head's in the gutter, but that pun (Remember Ribbed - It's for your pleasure!) wasn't lost on me! Another great adventure and memorable photos to boot.

08/15/2013 16:08
CORed - There are certainly great areas within the Sawatch, which are absolute gems!

rking007 - Hmmm not sure I'm ready to give up my day job, just yet

rajz06 - I wanted to title the report that... but figured I should keep the joke for the readers.

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