Peak(s):  Hagues Pk  -  13,560 feet
Mummy Mtn  -  13,425 feet
Date Posted:  08/09/2014
Modified:  12/01/2019
Date Climbed:   08/09/2014
Author:  Brian Thomas
Additional Members:   rghorne, vonmackle
 Down In The Park  

Welcome to Rocky Mountain National Park
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photo credit: Cameron


I did this same route in July 2012 and enjoyed it very much, and as I am always up for repeats of trips I like, decided to come back for it again this year. Ryan joined me for the pack in on Friday afternoon, and Cameron packed in later and met us at camp after dark. The pics for this TR are not in chronological order, but should give what I think is a good overview of the trip. Ryan and I left the Lawn Lake trailhead at about 1:30 and took our time packing in to the Tileston Meadows campsite, approximately 6.5 miles from the trailhead.

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Mummy Mtn as seen from the Lawn Lake trail, just before the Black Mountain trail junction, photo credit: Ryan


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flood damage and erosion along the Lawn Lake trail, photo credit: Cameron


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here looking back along the trail toward Longs Peak, photo credit: Cameron


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life is fragile, photo credit: Cameron


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and beautiful, photo credit: Cameron


Arriving at our campsite at Tileston Meadows, we were attacked by swarms of mosquitoes and hurried to set up our tents before heading off for a bonus 11er twilight summit of Mt Tileston. It was a short and sweet bushwhack to the hikers' right / west of Potts Puddle and up the gentle slopes to the summit.

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Ryan on the summit of Tileston, with one of the next day's objectives beyond


We hiked back to camp just before dark to chill out in our tents and wait for the temperature to drop enough to ward off the mosquitoes, then made dinner as Cameron made it into camp at about 9:00. Saturday morning we were on the trail just after 6:00. Retracing our approach on the Black Mountain trail, we regained and lost some elevation to the Lawn Lake trail junction, close to where the next pic was taken.

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photo credit: Cameron


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photo credit: Ryan


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photo credit: Cameron


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looking back toward Lawn Lake, photo credit: Ryan


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turn right here for the Fairchild / Hagues saddle


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photo credit: Cameron


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Fairchild Mtn, photo credit: Ryan


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a closer look at the trail to the saddle, photo credit: Cameron


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from the broad saddle, the initial approach to Hagues is a grass / talus walkup, photo credit: Cameron


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looking back at Lawn Lake again, photo credit: Cameron


The talus gradually steepens up into class 3 terrain without a defined trail. We aimed to the right of the pinnacles in pic #16 for the most fun part of the day.

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all smiles 100 feet below Hagues' summit


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Ryan close to topping out, photo credit: Cameron


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summit pano from the 4th highest peak in the Park, photo credit: Ryan


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looking west toward the Never Summers, photo credit: Cameron


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Crystal Lakes and Fairchild, photo credit: Ryan


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after a quick break and signing the summit register, onward to Mummy Mtn, photo credit: Cameron


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looking north toward Rowe Glacier, photo credit: Cameron


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approaching the Hagues / Mummy saddle, photo credit: Cameron


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photo credit: Ryan


Mummy Mtn is a talus walkup from the saddle, but is the 8th highest peak in the Park. I didn't get the summit in 2012 because thunder and lightning make me paranoid, so it was good to get back and complete all of the peaks in this cirque. We didn't stay on the summit long as the weather was changing. Instead of dropping back to the Hagues / Mummy saddle and down to Lawn Lake, we continued southeast from the summit of Mummy and dropped into the drainage just north of our campsite on the map below, making for a very nice loop. Cameron was happy that our descent was more grass than talus.

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photo credit: Cameron


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photo credit: Cameron


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in the descent drainage, aiming toward Potts Puddle and Mt Tileston


We made it back to camp in just under 7-1/2 hours where the mosquitoes were hungrily waiting for us, then packed up and packed out. Total estimated mileage for the trip about 20 miles and 5,000 or so of net gain, none of us were carrying a GPS. This is a long pack in but it is a remote and beautiful part of the Park, and one I'll be sure to visit again.

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Thanks to Ryan and Cameron for making the trip, and thanks for reading...



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 Comments or Questions
12ersRule

Nice report!
08/13/2014 14:34
Time to hit the Rowes/Gibraltar, and other interesting stuff from the north!


SurfNTurf

I don't understand
08/13/2014 14:47
Where are the 14ers?


Jay521

Beautiful
08/13/2014 14:59
Can't say much more than that...


vonmackle

Great Trip.
08/13/2014 15:56
Brian-Thanks for making the necessary arrangements so I could meet you guys up there. Your customer service skills are top notch.

Ryan- it was great meeting you. Got the bug yet?


JosephG
Really nice.
08/14/2014 02:25
Really nice pics and write-up, Brian. Looks like a pleasant and engaging hike!


DanR

An 11er? What's that?!
08/15/2014 13:17
I mean, don't tell people. 13ers are getting too crowded these days.

Really though, great report of a wonderful part of the Park. Looks like you guys had some neat lighting; some of those pictures do indeed highlight some must-explore areas.



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