Edwards + McClellan: East Slopes
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Difficulty:
 Class 2 
Trailhead:Waldorf Mine
Start:11,600 feet
Summit:13,850 feet
Total Gain:2,400 feet
RT Length:4.5 miles
Author:BillMiddlebrook
Updated:1/2015
Weather:NOAA Forecast
Conditions:42 reports
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? (WINTER) HOLD ON! If you don't have much high-elevation, winter climbing experience, be careful in your planning and take a partner. All 14er routes are more difficult and more dangerous in winter.

Trailhead

Take the Georgetown exit off of Interstate 70. Drive through Georgetown and follow the signs for the Guanella Pass Scenic Byway. After driving through town, continue over 2.5 miles to a signed turnoff for Waldorf, on the right, just after a couple of switchbacks on the main road. If you have 2WD, there's parking in this area. If you have 4WD, turn right and start up the Leavenworth Creek road, which leads to the Waldorf mine. The first mile is rocky and requires good clearance. Stay right on FS 248.1 at the first junction and ascend a few switchbacks to reach 10,000' at a sharp corner, approx. 1 mile from the start of this road. Turn left and continue approx. 3.5 miles to reach the Waldorf Mine area at 11,600'.

Route

If you have a 4WD vehicle, this is the easiest way to get Mt. Edwards and McClellan Mountain together. From the Waldorf Mine area, you can seen McClellan ( 1) but not Edwards. Walk southwest on the road that leads to Argentine Pass ( 2 and 3) and after less than 0.25 mile, you'll reach a creek - 4. Leave the road and follow the creek west into a basin, below Mt. Edwards - 5. Continue toward the west end of the basin ( 6 and 7) to reach steeper terrain, near 12,400' - 8. Without a trail, ascend west and then northwest to reach the Edwards side of the Edwards-McClellan saddle, near 13,400' - 9, 10 and 11.

Turn left and start up Edwards' northeast ridge - 12 and 13. The ridge is steeper than the ascent from the basin but still Class 2. Above 13,700', the angle eases a bit as you approach the summit - 14 and 15. Walk over to the top to find excellent views of 14ers Grays and Torreys ( 16) and in the opposite direction, McClellan Mountain - 17.

Descend back to the saddle - 18. If you decide not to go for McClellan, simply descend via the same route. If you're continuing to McClellan, it's 0.5 mile and 200' of elevation gain to reach the summit. Walk northeast across the saddle and start up McClellan's southwest ridge - 19. You won't find much of a trail here but the route is obvious - stay just right of the edge and follow the ridge ( 20 and 21) up to the summit - 22 and 23. For the descent, return toward the Edwards-McClellan saddle and angle south back into the basin.

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