Peak(s):  Badger Mountain - 11,294 feet
South Tarryall Peak - 11,206 feet
Date Posted:  11/08/2010
Date Climbed:   11/06/2010
Author:  JasonF
 A little snack before hibernation  

Party: Jason solo
Vert Gain: ~ 4700' (S. Tarryall - 2766; Badger - 2000)
Mileage: ~ 11 miles (S. Tarryall - 9.0; Badger - 2.0)
Start (Spruce Grove TH): 8:30AM
Summit S. Tarryall Peak (via Hankins Pass & then bushwack to summit): 10:30 AM
Leave Summit: 11:00AM
Back to Spruce Grove TH (via the west face which offered some Class 3): 12:30PM

Start (pulloff mile below Wilkerson Pass off Hwy 24): 1:30PM
Summit Badger Mountain (via the south face): 3:00 PM
Leave Summit: 3:15PM
Back to car: 4:15PM

The stars were aligned Saturday for some late season peak bagging before the onset of winter. With the wife & kiddos out of town visiting family, great weather conditions and little/no snow in the Lost Creek Wilderness (LCW) it was a good day to take a break from a busy work schedule. After an unsuccessful attempt (thwarted due to whiteout conditions) on South Tarryall Peak back in January it was time to take care of some unfinished business. The LCW is a great place for all season hikes, offers outstanding views of the Sawatch & Mosquito Ranges, and has some really cool rock formations as well. I have enjoyed the 2-3 times exploring in the LCW and would highly recommend it. This particular area lies near the southern end of the Hayman burn. Most of the trees coming up 77 Road are intact however you can see where the wind must have blown over a couple ridge lines. For Badger Mountain I actually just hiked along the telephone cut - very steep but fast. As I need to get back to the grind I'll keep it very short and just show some pics.

Spruce Grove TH with South Tarryall Peak in background

Peaceful stream bridge crossing near TH

Trail sign after stream crossing

Cool rock formation

Another cool rock formation coming down the west face

McCurdy Mountain (right) and Bison Peak from summit

Mosquito & Ten Mile Ranges from summit

Summit cross with Sawatch Range in background


Looking down on the TH

View west from Badger Mountain - Antero Reservoir in middle of pic with Mt. Princeton in background

Badger Mountain Benchmark

Radio tower

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

 Comments or Questions

Love the Puma Hills area...
11/08/2010 15:56
Next time you're in the area, check out UN 11053. Near Badger, but without the buildings all over! Very nice pictures of two great areas..


That's what I was thinking
11/09/2010 00:10
Derek, I was thinking the same about 11053. That was a good day.
Jason, South Tarryall's kind of a neat summit. I think you used the same route I did and if I remember correctly, the view just opens up in the last few feet. I do remember that Pikes Peak looked too close.


I agree
11/09/2010 00:44
The Puma Hills are a unique place, particularly when viewed from above. Great view of Pikes as well. On Saturday they were somewhat obstructed due to a controlled burn taking place south of Hwy 24 near Lake George, which is why I didn't throw up a pic.


Very cool
11/09/2010 06:13
I love Puma Hills - I grew up going camping there a TON. Nice photos!

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