Peak(s):  Wilcox, Mt  -  13,408 feet
Date Posted:  06/18/2019
Date Climbed:   06/18/2019
Author:  frigidridge
 Wilcox - From Silver Dollar Lake Trail  

Mount Wilcox - 13463'

Date climbed: 6/18/19

Ascent: 2959'

Distance: 7.5 mi

Weather: not great

Parked at a pull-off on the side of the Naylor Lake Road about 0.4 miles from the Silver Dollar Lake trailhead due to some snow patches on the road, and started around 7:40AM. The mountain weather forecast for Grays Peak said sunny all day....... so I thought to take advantage of an open Tuesday and see how my solo hiking performance was going. WildWanderer's report for this peak on 5/27 inspired me to give this hike a go at the last minute, and I took her advice on the approach from the trail on the south side of Naylor Lake. See my GPX at the bottom.

I got my subaru stuck in the snow going up the road to the lost lake widerness a month or so back. An older couple in a jeep with tow cables luckily found us and had to drag my car back down the road almost a quarter of a mile! So, now I don't risk driving through snow. Perhaps a car with good tires could get throught the handful of patches to the dry trailhead. Anyway the trailhead is clearly marked.

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A couple areas were a bit confusing on which way the trail went.

At least half of the hike is bootpacked, soggy snow. It is quite wet and foggy this morning, but you know how 7:30-9:30 weather can be. I hoped that it would clear up.

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Naylor Lake

The lake appears, and then you have to head up the slopey snowfield to the southish with a nice glissade slide for the way down. I brought my snowshoes the whole way but the snow was either solid or malleable enough that i could keep hold and never bothered with them. Did enjoy some post-holing here and there though. There were many sloped snowfields to cross on this side of the lake, but they weren't too bad.

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Trail turns a bit south here before crossing a snowfield

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Where's that sun?

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Mount Argentine looking beautiful
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Silver Dollar Lake

Just past this lake you hike straight up a snow slope with another glissade slide. Near the top of the slope I deviated from the trail and started heading strieght for Wilcox.

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Heading for Wicox you go over a little mini ridge to make your way down to the river crossing. I was pleasently suprised it didn't involve losing much vert. Finding the best place to cross the river was a bit tricky. I didn't feel like splashing around so I went for the still snowed over areas + willows to the right. Afterwards it's pretty streighforward. I swung wide on the way down so it would be less steep, but on the way up I was like f it there it is lets spice it up with some wild class 2.

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Looking back at silver dollar lake, the ridge I took over to wilcox, and hey that other lake. There might be a mountain like square top up there too but there is no way of knowing.

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^Almost therrrre. Can't wait for those views and to scout the conditions on that Mining road up Argentine Pass.19429_07

^View of Edwards from the summit

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^View of Argentine from the summit

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Caption Here

^View of sawtooth ridge from the summit (I did get a brief peek from lower down. So, it's really there).

And then my phone died and it started snowing. Summited at 10:30. Got back to my car at 12:40 soaking wet. Overall success and I'm pretty happy with my solo time, athough wtf mountain forecast? Did Grays Peak really get all that sunshine?


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




Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
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 Comments or Questions
Alrightmax

Looks great
06/18/2019 19:29
Beautiful summit shots!



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