Peak(s):  Square Top Mtn A  -  13,794 feet
Argentine Pk  -  13,738 feet
Wilcox, Mt  -  13,408 feet
Date Posted:  10/19/2014
Modified:  10/20/2014
Date Climbed:   10/19/2014
Author:  goingup
Additional Members:   iliketrails, amcrob75
 Mountain Hobo Colorado!!!!  

It was the very beginning of the summer when I turned my tiny Honda Civic into a mobile home and posted a picture of my life hack on instagram. I received a comment saying #sohobo. Sometimes the smallest (teeny tiniest) moment can change everything. Over the course of the awesomeness that was my summer I posted my adventures and trip reports to instagram where I developed a friendship with a certain handle @mtnhobo (George and Igor). Ultra trail runners based out of California (San Diego) these two started the mountain hobo revolution and basically stoke people on getting off their asses and running up mountains. But they are more than that. They embody the hard work, dedication, and passion that goes into trail running, a lifestyle that has provided me the mental stability I have spent most of my life searching for. I am a mountain hobo, they saw this, and asked me if I would head up Colorado's official (or not so official because that wouldn't be hobo) Mountain Hobo. Without hesitation I accepted and rallied an amazing group of hobos and we did what we do, we ran mountains and had some real life fun along the way.

Want to know what Mountain Hobo is all about...check out this link...
http://www.mountainhobo.com/

The Colorado Hobos:

Logan: can run down big mountains with no trails really really really fast (up is no different)
Ashley: she can talk and run (uphill) FAST without a gasp, not human
Zach: the most beautiful man calves around
Adam: experienced (loves the 100 mile distance), tough, likes addressing me by my last name
Chris: rolled ankle twinsie!
Brendan: leadville 100 survivor
John: the english destroyer
Roxy: the official Mountain Hobo Colorado pupper doo, she doubled our vert for the day

Somewhere around 11 miles and 5,000 feet of vertical gain in the front range.

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The plan was a 6:00 a.m. start time but that turned into 6:45-7 ish. We started from the parking lot on the west side of Guanella Pass, I believe on the South Fork trail. This went to lower Square Top Lake where we made a left, the trail petered out and we headed up Square Top Mountain's grassy southeast slopes near a knocked down sign. The mood was light, running turned into power hiking, and everyone was enjoying the grind.

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Magical morning time


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Hey, wait up guys.


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Hey, wait up Zach.


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Damn it these people are fast.


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Zach


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Birthday girl Ashley!


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We love mountains.


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Fantastic


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Ass kicking good times


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Running it in


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Walking it in


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Summit of Square Top Mountain A (13,794')
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Mountain Hobo Colorado's first official summit!


All day the clouds told a story of snows impending arrival. There was a lack of sun and this made for cold times when not moving uphill so our summit was short and mostly consisted of me taking an oppressive amount of photos with the group and my poorly crafted mtnhoboCO sign that barely shows up in pictures (so hobo).

Descention off of Square Top's northwest ridge.
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Grays and Torreys


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Silver Dollar Lake and Mount Wilcox


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A curious thing happened in the saddle between Square Top Mountain and Argentine Peak. When the mountains formed a million years ago (I really have no idea how long) some ancient power lines erupted from the earth's crust leaving behind the stunning and aesthetic view we took in.
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The raddest hobo of all.


Avoiding electric shock we made our way to the summit of Argentine Peak (13,738') where things got plenty weird.

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HOBOS!


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Last stop Mount Wilcox. Down we went only to go up again. On the way down we ran into a nice man who seemed bewildered by our route (and us), here is where I learned Silver Dollar TH was a thing.

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On and off all day Ashley had music going which led to sporadic dance parties that kind of erupted with no warning. Some pretty impressive dance moves were thrown around.

This is called the, "I see people"


This is called the, "Giant Mitten"




Mount Wilcox (13,408') should be re-named Mount Love Eruption.
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The descent off of Mount Wilcox to Naylor Lake took some prisoners, Chris rolled his ankle twice and I rolled mine once. I wasn't even doing anything cool, I was stepping over a bush. We both heard a nauseating pop. Current status: jiggly balloon.

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Mount Bierstadt, Mount Evans and The Sawtooth


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We took a lovely break at the beautiful and illegal Naylor Lake (we realized once we headed down the dirt road towards Guanella Pass that we were on private property.) I guess the gun shells, canoes, and cabins should have given it away. Running on a rolled ankle is really fun said no one ever.



There is only this


The dirt road gave way to pavement and all that stood between us and lunch was a couple miles of road and a bunch more vertical gain, on road, not our favorite but we got it done.

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Road with a view


As we licked our wounds back at the trail head two guys rolled up and told us to go check out the moose. FINALLY! I finally saw a freaking moose. One word: Majestic.
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Moose blend into their surroundings, damn you evolution!


We had Ashley's birthday lunch at Tommy Knockers Brewery in Idaho Springs which ended an absolutely fantastic day. To many many more my dear hobos.

Still smiling...always smiling...
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 Comments or Questions
moneymike

Mooses!
10/20/2014 04:32
I love mooses!


Jay521

You guys rock!
10/20/2014 14:06
I did that same loop once. But I imagine you beat my time by an order of magnitude. Nice report (as always), Kay!


FireOnTheMountain

bunch of f**kin hipsters
10/20/2014 14:57
this is rad. roll on.


Chicago Transplant

Fun
10/20/2014 16:40
Cool to see you find a group of like-minded, and spirited, hobos! Looks like a fun group!


bergsteigen

~60 million years
10/20/2014 21:31
...give or take 10my or so. But who's counting

That loop look infinitely more run-able that when I did it in waist deep snow...


amcrob75
you hobos!
10/20/2014 23:01
well done, Goingup. Well done


Tornadoman

Moose!
10/21/2014 00:42
Are impressive animals. I saw quite a few of them growing up in Maine and going to college in Vermont, and seeing them NEVER gets old. Looks like a fun trip. Thank you for sharing and including text and pictures, seems like most of the other recent trip reports were about mountains climbed in 'whiteout' conditions.


screeman57

Awesome
10/21/2014 03:00
and here's a theme song for you:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfj2mxuVtuA


SurfNTurf

Great loop
10/21/2014 14:17
That's a fun one, right down to the inevitable trespassing. Except when I did it the lady was actually there to yell at me. Whoops.


Lady McClimbsalot

OH MY GOSH
10/25/2014 06:22
I want to be you. And I love you. Hope your footsy is feeling betterrrrr! Hiking soon!!!


lajohn

Great pictures
10/30/2014 05:06
Looks like a fun hike, nice work! Hope your ankle feels better soon...



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