Peak(s):  Rosalie Pk  -  13,575 feet
Date Posted:  12/14/2018
Modified:  12/15/2018
Date Climbed:   09/30/2018
Author:  CaptainSuburbia
 Rosalie and the Bandit  

I wanted something that was dog friendly and not too far from home. 13er Rosalie Peak near Mt Evans fit the bill perfectly. To spice it up I used the 12er rule, and decided to climb Bandit Peak as part of the route too. I arrived at the Deer Creek TH to a large empty parking area about sunrise. After quickly getting ready I started up the Tanglewood Trail which would take me to the saddle between Rosalie and West Pegmatite Points. There was dense forest on both sides with several stream crossings over nice foot bridges.

Tanglewood Trail

The trail remained heavily wooded, and slowly became more rugged and narrowed as we passed into the Mt Evans Wilderness area. At 1.1 miles we came to the Rosalie trail junction. You do not want to take this, and we stayed straight on the Tanglewood Trail. We passed through several clearings along the way and eventually lost track of the trail at about 10,800 feet in another dense forest area.



Instead of backtracking to find the trail, and since I knew we were on the eastern slopes of Bandit Peak, I decided to improvise and headed west up Bandit. I would do the lollipop loop in reverse order. We quickly climbed out of the trees into a boulder field and saw Rosalie for the first time.





Luckily there were grassy areas interspersed within boulder field so it was easy to negotiate. After climbing several false summits we came out on a gentle grassy slope which led to a large summit area with rock piles scattered around. There was a large cairn marking the summit and I did not see a registry tube.

Nearing summit
Leo checking out Rosalie Peak
Looks like Square Top in center and Bierstadt to the right.
Kataka left center

The spacious summit had nice views all around, and oddly, to the south across the valley there was another peak named Bandit.

Parent Peak in middle and the other Bandit Peak on right

From here we walked directly north towards Rosalie across Bandits mostly grassy summit. As we descended to the saddle it became rockier but still easy to negotiate.

Rosalie Peak
Approaching saddle

The descent was short and the saddle small, so before not too long we were headed up the steep slopes of Rosalie with the false summit in view. We needed to go about 1300 vertical feet to reach the summit.

False summit
Looking back at Bandit and the small saddle

Most of the ascent was on grassy slopes with scattered boulders and occasional large rocky outcroppings. The wind really began to pick up here too.

Another look back at Bandit
Getting closer
Last pitch before summit

The summit area was very large with the same grassy tundra interspersed with rocks and boulders along with a large cairn. The views of Bierstadt and Evans were fantastic!

Bandit again
Mt Evans and the Evans road
From left to right, Square Top, Bierstadt, Sawtooth and Evans. Epaulet Mountain in front.

Because of the winds our stay at the summit was brief. We then headed directly east towards the Rosalie-West Pegmatite saddle where we could pick up the tanglewood trail for the return to the trailhead and my truck. It was an easy moderate slope all the way to saddle.

One of the Roosevelt Lakes
Bandit yet again
Looking back up Rosalie

We quickly made the Tanglewood Trail and started our decent down the single track into the valley. It was here we saw other hikers for the first time and we would pass many more on the way down. This is a popular trail to reach The Roosevelt Lakes. I don't think too many head up to Rosalie.

Cairn marking Tanglewood Trail
Looking back at Rosalie
Royal Mountain straight ahead
Bandit and the rocky slope on the left we ascended
Short section of willows
Back in the woods
Fall colors as we approach the TH
Almost full parking lot

We ended up hiking 11.56 miles in 5 hours and 15 minutes with 4451 vertical feet gained.

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 Comments or Questions

12/15/2018 13:25
I love the MEW and these are a couple of my favorite peaks. Thanks for putting this one up!

Terrible Trip Report
12/27/2018 09:31
I don't like your trip report at all, mainly because it was well done with good pictures. I hike this peak a couple times a year and rarely see anyone else after leaving tree line. I am afraid your trip report will help fill up the parking lot.

This hike is also in the Mt. Evans wilderness and dogs are not allowed off leash.

In all seriousness, great job and great trip report, thank you for posting.


12/27/2018 22:27
I agree Jay521, MEW is a great place to spend the day.

Thanks Beekman! (I think)

scott goldberg

Ahhh Bandit!
01/04/2019 13:19
Thanks for the memories CS...Bandit was the first Peak me and my new bride went up upon moving here in 1978. We spent 3 days backpacking the MEW and back then we had everything to ourselves!

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