Peak(s):  Mt. Lady Washington 13,326ft.
Date Posted:  05/21/2021
Date Climbed:   05/15/2021
Author:  altitude14er
 Mount Lady Washington - Longs Peak Ranger Station   

I've been climbing peaks since 2003 but this is my first time submitting a trip report! Hiking Mount Lady Washington with lots of snow in mid-May would surely be a great spring training workout, with 4,700 vertical of gain and 11+ Miles. I left Denver at 4:30am, arriving to the Longs Peak Trailhead at 6am. Justin was already at the trailhead. I strapped on my MSR snowshoes, Justin wore micro-spikes. The snow was such that we put them on at the trailhead and needed them the rest of the day. We hoofed it up the snow covered slopes. As we neared treeline the front range views opened up. Fresh Mountain Air!

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The Sun was warming up the snow at a quick rate!
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Looking back at Twin Sisters Peak. The Front Range was blanketed by clouds.
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This is near the junction with the Chasm Lake turnoff. This is where we veered off the trail and went straight for the East Ridge of Mt. Lady Washington (right side of photo).

There was a guy solo who created some fresh tracks for us as he post holed up the peak without snowshoes. He got gassed and turned around. The last few hundred feet to the summit was Justin and I breaking trail. We navigated the rocks and didn't really encounter anything that was more than Class 2 hiking.

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My buddy Justin heading up the Steep! Grinding it out. We didn't know if the weather would hold. Views of Twin Sisters Peak in the distance.
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Stunning views of Mt. Meeker (Left) and Longs Peak (right)
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Mount Meeker is a handsome Devil ...
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The East Ridge of Mt. Lady Washington.
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The views of Longs Peak from this summit are great! The Diamond!
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Longs Peak as seen from the summit of Mt. Lady Washington. What a vantage point on a magnificent 14er. I need to re-climb it this year!
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Here I am thinking about a Longs Peak re-climb! Last time I was up there was 2005. Long overdue.
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A little panorama action of Meeker and Longs.
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On the descent, weather was worsening.

The weather forecast had called for afternoon thunderstorms. We reached the summit of Mt. Lady Washington at about 11am. So it took us 5 hours to reach the top. One could say I slowed Justin up a bit. Haha.The snow is a game changer. It was wet and heavy and soft. The snowshoes were like leg weights at times as the snow clung and accumulated to the MSR's. Nevertheless, this route was smooth going. We enjoyed the amazing views for a bit, but we were descending by 11:45am. As we descended the East Ridge the clouds began to updraft and worsen really fast. By the time we reached treeline, we were hiking in a foggy white out. Some of the peeps headed up at Noon wouldn't have been able to see $#it up there. We were so, so, so glad we started our climb at 6am! It paid off. The difference on this particular day of having great views versus only being able to see 5 feet in front of your face.




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Comments or Questions
ltlFish99
cool place
05/22/2021 14:39
The area of longs, glacier gorge and wild basin is my favorite place in Colorado.


Sbenfield

Very nice.
05/22/2021 17:55
Great scenery w/the snow!



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