Mountains: Cupid, Grizzly, Torreys
Route: Westridge from Loveland Pass, to and fro
Forecast was excellent. Left my bed in Denver a quarter to 5:00 and enjoyed the full moon and NPR on the nice drive up the hill, just me and a lot of tractor trailers.
Top of Loveland Pass/Trail head, Full Moon just past 6:00
I had been scoping this route (West Ridge from Loveland pass, Continental Divider Roller Coaster) for a real long time and continually checking weather for the right time to try it. Well for those who were out.. this past weekend turned out to be awesome blue bird days with no wind.
The Starting Line
Full Moon and Sunrise over Loveland/Continental Divide
Cupid W/ Torreys and the goal towering above!
After riding at A-basin last week and getting a good look at the snow and ridge lines above, I felt no need to bring flotation and very much did not regret that decision. I was walking along dirt/grass trail and rock 80% of the time.
A top Cupid with Grizzly, Torreys, Grays in view
Fun section between Cupid and Grizzly
Arapahoe Basin back there!! Keystone, Breck, Tenmile and Gore Ranges.
On Top Grizzly looing south towards Lenawee and East Wall of the Basin
Looking at the Ridge that continues south towards Lenawee!! looks like a lot of fun, I think I may start at Loveland pass trailhead another day and go for that ridge and hike into Abasin and maybe bring my season pass along and decend Lenawee down into A-basin and hitch a ride back up the Pass to my car!
Does anyone have any info or advice on this ridge/route, East wall?? maybe class 3/4? it did look more aggressive, any info? Thanks
Looking Back at progress
Lonnnnng way to go!
Fun section decending Grizzly
I threw on my microspikes on the decent of Grizzly, the top section was the most technical of the route with most exposure, glad I had some traction and poles. About midway down I traversed across some snow fields, tried to stay with some rock bands, post holed very little and didnt suspect any Avy Danger but I am no expert!!
Huge saddle, looking back up Grizzly
Talus Field, Choose your route
Rear view Mirror
Dig in VERY TIRED! cant quite
Torreys' Big Sis
I finally summited at half till noon, took me almost six hours. I took a nice break, ate the rest of my food. Nearly right as I sat down my phone rang... haha it was my mom, just checking up on me.. she had no idea I was hiking, we had a nice long talk, she told to be safe and stop going solo.. I have verizon service, worked great. Shortly after I noticed some movement and the silhouttes of some friendlies on the switch backs heading up Grays. It was amazing I could hear their voices and just nearly make out the words in the silence of the summit.
Stevens Gulch, Mcclelland, Edwards and ANNA's sweet route!!!!
Bierstadt, the Sawtooth and Evans
A bit of butt tubbing on the decent of Torreys
Holy crap I was tired going back up Grizzly and Cupid and up and down and up and down the remaining miles of the mellow trail leading back to my car. I made it back to the trailhead at 16:00 and chated a bit with some tourists from Chicago wondering where I was coming from. Total round trip was 10 hours. I really loved the route but not sure I would do this one agian