Peak(s):  Red Pk B  -  13,189 feet
Date Posted:  06/26/2009
Date Climbed:   06/26/2009
Author:  Layne Bracy
 Mostly dry in the Gores   

5:10am: Meadow Creek TH, 9200'
7:25am: Eccles Pass, 11900'
9:20am: Red Peak, 13189'
11:25am: Eccles Pass
1:00pm: Meadow Creek TH
Dan Tandberg, Layne Bracy
14miles/4900'/7hr 50min

This TH is just north of I-70 exit 203, making a quick drive from the Denver area.

Eccles Pass
The trail is dry to about 11000'. Snowbanks then start crossing the trail, but reaching Eccles Pass poses no special effort.

Red Peak from Eccles Pass
From Eccles Pass, we dropped north into a snow-filled basin. Fortunately, the snow is firm, and we had almost no post-holing. We dropped about 400', eventually contouring west to reach the area of Red Buffalo Pass, which maintains a huge cornice.

approaching Red Buffalo Pass

looking back on Eccles Pass

Red Peak

cornice on Red Buffalo Pass
From the pass we went up the south ridge of Red Peak, which seems to try to be class 3 but never quite gets there. Clouds were building, but we had some nice views of Mt Silverthorne and the Snow-Valhalla ridge.

Dan on summit

Layne on summit

Buffalo Mountain

Willow Lakes from Red Peak

Silverthorne massif

Deming Mountain

basin lake between the passes
We kept a good pace on the return, although the re-ascent to Eccles Pass caused some pain. The early start and steady pace were needed today, as we had light rain for the last 30 minutes of the hike and drove out in a serious downpour!

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