Peak(s):  Hagerman Pk  -  13,841 feet
"Electric Pass Pk"  -  13,635 feet
Date Posted:  08/26/2017
Modified:  10/20/2018
Date Climbed:   08/22/2017
Author:  Mtnman200
Additional Members:   RandyMack
 An Electric Ending to a Climbing Trip  

Click here for the San Juans part of our trip.

Sunday, August 20, 2017
Randy and I drove through Montrose and Delta, crossed McClure Pass, and drove through Marble to Lead King Basin, where we set up camp at the trailhead for Geneva Lake. It was a long drive from Telluride, but we were able to pull it off and still have a couple hours of daylight left.

Monday, August 21, 2017
We followed the Geneva Lake Trail and then the Trail Rider Pass Trail to a creek crossing at 11,480'. Here, we left the trail and followed the drainage to about 12,000'. We then climbed tundra and rock (mostly) to the ridge west of Hagerman Peak.

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Looking toward Hagerman Peak from about 12,000'. We found a weakness in the cliff band just left of center


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This is what much of the route up Hagerman Peak looked like. We tried to stay on the larger, more stable rocks


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Looking back at our ascent route up Hagerman Peak. (Taken from the same location as the previous photo)


Once on the ridge, it was a simple matter to head NW to the summit of Hagerman Peak (13,841'). There was no summit register, so we left a makeshift register. We'd gotten to the summit before the solar eclipse began, and it turned out to be a letdown from the summit. Skies dimmed somewhat but never more than the equivalent of early dusk. Plenty of light remained, so it was certainly a different experience for us compared to what people experienced in the path of totality.

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Looking NNW toward Snowmass Mtn. (14,092') from Hagerman Peak's summit


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Another view from Hagerman Peak's summit


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Randy on the summit of Hagerman Peak with Snowmass Mtn. in the background


After spending 45 minutes on the summit, Randy and I headed back the way we'd come. After breaking camp, we decided to return to Marble via the rougher, lower road so we could see the Crystal Mill.

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Geneva Lake as seen from just north of its outlet. It is definitely a scenic lake


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A closer look at Geneva Lake


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Crystal Mill


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Route to Hagerman Peak from the Trail Rider Pass Trail


Once on the highway, we drove via Carbondale and Basalt to Aspen. We'd planned to camp at Difficult Campground (CG), but it was "closed for the season" for repairs so we continued up the Independence Pass Road to Weller CG, where we snagged the last vacant campsite.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Randy and I drove back through Aspen and up the Castle Creek Road to the Cathedral Lake/Electric Pass Trailhead. Today we were heading up Electric Pass Peak (13,635'), one of the easiest Elk 13ers and a good way to end our trip.

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Keep right for Electric Pass


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Avalanche evidence along the Electric Pass Trail


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More avalanche evidence along the Electric Pass Trail. Those aspen trees sure are flexible


We hiked through the aspen and pine forest past the intersection with the trail to Cathedral Lake. The Electric Pass Trail has the advantage of being a steady climb, never particularly steep, with nice scenery along the way.

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Above timberline, the trail couldn't be much easier


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Cathedral Lake and Cathedral Peak from the Electric Pass Trail


Randy and I reached the summit of Electric Pass Peak about the same time as a group of three. The summit register canister was broken and empty, so we retrieved it for later disposal.

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Randy and Eddie on the "Electric Pass Peak" summit with Cathedral Lake, Castle Peak, and Cathedral Peak in the background


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Another view from the summit of Electric Pass Peak


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Looking toward Hayden Peak from the summit of Electric Pass Peak


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And another view from the summit of Electric Pass Peak


We considered heading down the ridge to the non-separate Leahy Peak (13,322') but decided against it, returned to the trailhead, and drove home.



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 Comments or Questions
Jon Frohlich

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08/28/2017 16:32
I saw on FB that someone brought it down recently because it was soaked and falling apart.



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