Peak(s):  McHenrys Pk  -  13,327 feet
Arrowhead - 12642
Date Posted:  09/27/2010
Date Climbed:   09/26/2010
Author:  George James
 Arrowhead to McHenrys  

Route: Arrowhead Summit Ramp to McHenrys Northeast ArÍte, Stone Man Pass Descent
Date Climbed: Yesterday
Climbers: A Lot
Crowds: None (besides us)
Trailhead: Bear Lake
Elevation Gain: A Bunch
RT mileage: Far
Skies: Bluebird
Spicyness: Medium
Total Time: Whatevs

Bottom Line: What a great day...

The End.

 Comments or Questions

09/27/2010 12:54
Love the photos George. Looks like a great time on a great mountain! I've always had interest in this one.

Doctor No

Nice work!
09/27/2010 13:46
This has always been my favorite part of RMNP.

I can speculate as to Bear Lake vs. Glacier Gorge - my girlfriend and I did Frozen Lake a month ago, and the GG parking lot was full, so we drove to BL. We then went to the Mills Lake trail via Lake Hiayaha instead of waiting for a shuttle back to GG (of course, you could also go from BL directly past Alberta Falls, but we'd seen a lot of Alberta Falls already).


Cool report!
09/27/2010 16:24
Way to get after it, George! Really enjoyed your pics.

Kevin Baker

09/27/2010 16:44
Sweet shots, George! Arrowhead Arete sure is a blast, huh? Looks like it was a bit spicier with some patches of snow. I was just up there on Sat for Chiefs Head and Spearhead. Glacier Gorge rocks!

George James

Thank You
09/27/2010 17:54
Yep, Glacier Gorge parking full of turistas.
No matter tho, Bear Lake is not much farther away, what with the 'secret' trail and all...shhh!

It was a blast indeed. Magically delicious from start to finish.
Some pretty exciting moves mixed in with that snow on the route.

Thanks very much for the kind words, I'm glad you all enjoyed this report.


Great Pictures!
09/27/2010 18:04
Loved the pictures! Thanks for sharing.


I'm surprised
09/27/2010 19:38
That Bull Elk, gatekeeper of Glacier Gorge, hasn't gored anyone this year. My friend was charged multiple times and we were grunted at on the way out. That guy sits around pickin skabs, takin names and has a grudge against humanity.

Nice choice of peaks by the way. Papillon asked a bus full of Asians if they were there to climb the North Face of Chief's Head, but they were only there for an attempt at Alberta Falls.


Please, please, please....
09/28/2010 01:16
...let this Indian summer hold out for another couple of weekends! I have McHenry's in my sights for Oct. 9 and I'm hoping there isn't any more than the dusting of snow you guys encountered by then.

Gorgeous photos. Looks like you all had an incredible day.

And I agree w/ Brian, that elk is a force to be reckoned with! You seem to have caught him at a particularly belligerent moment.


Nice work, George...
09/28/2010 03:46
I really like the text-free report. It fits and I recommend running with this style down the road. I'd also like to say that your work with the CSU Outdoor Club has been pretty damn admirable. I've been following it for a few years. Not to come off like an old man or anything but it seems like mountaineers and outdoor-enthusiasts are a dying breed. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed, my friend. l look forward to your future reports.


Absolutely beautiful photos ...
09/28/2010 14:34
Very nice! Those silhouette ones are just breathtaking ... as is the photo of Long's showing the keyhole all the way up the trough. 8) I'd like more please. Thanks for posting. Happy trails!

George James

Thanks again
09/29/2010 19:11
We watched that Elk for a good while actually,
and he really didn't seem to care one bit that
we were there...until the moment captured in
the photo...and then it was time to go!

Your comments are all much appreciated. Thanks.


01/05/2011 17:27
Nice photo reportage!


05/09/2011 17:48
Way Cool George!


06/02/2011 14:57
Cool trip. I too am increasingly interested in these peaks. We did Taylor Peak the other day from Glacier Gorge TH and really enjoyed ourselves. Nice pictures. Question: Why start at Bear Lake vs Glacier Gorge? Just curious as I would like to learn.

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