Peak(s):  Chiefs Head Pk  -  13,579 feet
Date Posted:  08/17/2019
Date Climbed:   08/17/2019
Author:  jasayrevt
 Chiefs Head - More Rocky Mountain National Park Remarkableness  

Goal: Chiefs Head (13,579’)

Date: August 17, 2019

Trailhead: Sand Beach Lake

Approach Selected: Southeast Slopes

Participants: Dave Hooser, Jason Sayre

Approximate Route Specs:

Distance: 15+ miles

Elevation Gain: 5,500'+ gain

Class: 2+

This is a great way of climbing another slightly more remote gem. The route has an easy, gradually ascending, and relaxing trail that gets you up to Sand Beach Lake. From there, it becomes high-quality mixed alpine terrain abound.

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Standard Alpine Start
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Dave re-fueling
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Pretty Morning

There is no distinct trail from Sandbeach Lake. Heading WNW from its shores works fine. Once above tree line, you can get to the Orton ridge by going either north or south side of that modest peak. Understand its north side provides earlier magnificent views. But, its south side has less boulder travels.

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Simply Spectacular
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Navigating through aromatic trees
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Brief, pleasant meadows
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Dave taking everything in
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Slopes approaching Mt. Orton (11,724')
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Pagoda, Longs, and Meeker (Left to Right)
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After north side bypass
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Views of Objective!
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Dave doing quite well
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Approaching upper reaches
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Neighboring Pagoda
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Somewhat near ridge line
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Rocky Terrain
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Close to the top! Yes!
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Almost there!
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Good Stuff!
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Spearhead below!
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Alice!
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Majestic Longs towering above!
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Summit!
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McHenrys and Arrowhead (Left to Right) (Foreground)!
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Register!
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Slight boulder hopping on descent!
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Perspective from return
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Wow!
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Such a rewarding feeling!
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Second summit! (Mt. Orton) (11,724')

Please continue enjoying our Colorado Rockies outdoor mecca folks! We truly are fortunate here. I will keep writing Trip Reports as I steadily pace through all these 13ers. Thank you kindly




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 Comments or Questions
nyker

Cool trip
08/17/2019 22:02
Looks like a great day Jason! Keep up the climbing. We'll have to get something done soon.


jasayrevt

Appreciate it, Rob!
08/17/2019 22:19
Sounds fine. Nice hearing from you. Still going strong since seeing your memorable 14ers finisher on Snowmass. My busy schedule happily always stays quite full!


MtnHub

Long haul!
08/18/2019 12:11
Yes, but rewarding! I did Chiefs Head a couple of years ago from the Lion Lakes. Nice to see it from Sandbeach.


jasayrevt

Definitely!
08/18/2019 12:31
Glad hearing, Doug. You understand how gratifying these fairly lightly-traveled approaches are. Look forward to patiently reaching many more


Tornadoman

RMNP 13ers
08/18/2019 20:46
Love those RMNP peaks. Most of them are long days and usually a couple different approach options. I combined it with Alice via Lion's Lake which is also a gorgeous approach. Hard to go wrong in the park!


jasayrevt

Wonderful
08/18/2019 21:16
I concur. They have become some of my extensive favorites. All unique. Cardio training and healthy grit makes attaining them easier. Thank you so much for this beta



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