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 Peak(s):  Mount Logan - 12,870 feet
 Post Date:  09/21/2012
 Date Climbed:   09/02/2012
 Posted By:  Derek
 Additional Members:   SarahSimon

 Mount Logan - Wrapping Up The Mount Evans Wilderness       

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Mount Evans Wilderness



The following report is divided into two parts-
Part I: A quick summary of the Mount Evans Wilderness and the peaks within it.
Part II: Trip report for Mount Logan from my last ranked peak in the wilderness from September 2nd, 2012.



Part I: A Mount Evans Wilderness Summary


Known primarily for the two major 14ers within its boundaries, the Mount Evans Wilderness is located around 40 miles from Denver which makes it a great destination to grab a daytrip for city dwellers such as myself. Protection for the area started in 1956 under the designation of the “Abyss Lake Scenic Area” and it contained 5,880 acres. 24 years later in 1980, the area was officially designated by the US congress as the Mount Evans Wilderness Area and expanded to 74,401 acres. The wilderness name came from the prominent 14er located within its boundaries, Mount Evans. Mount Evans was originally called Mount Rosa, named by painter Albert Bierstadt for the woman he would later marry. In 1865 the Colorado legislature officially renamed Mount Rosa to the current name of Mount Evans, naming it for John Evans, the second governor of the Colorado territory. (Sad to have such a great mountain and great area named after a person like him, but that’s all I’ll say about that.) Within the 74,401 acres of the Mount Evans Wilderness are 18 ranked peaks (mountains with at least 300’ of prominence), 77 miles of trails, bristlecone pines that age into the thousands of years, and even small regions of arctic tundra.

Though the scenery may not match the eye popping views of close by Lost Creek or Indian Peaks Wilderness areas, the Evans Wilderness does have its own beauty that I have been happy to discover during my trips there.


Painting by Albert Beirstadt of Mount Evans from Chicago Lakes during the first “assumed” ascent of the mountain in 1863.



Summary of Peaks Within the Mount Evans Wilderness



Mount Evans: 14,264’ – Highest Peak in the Mount Evans Wilderness
Normal Trailheads/Routes Used – Tour D’ Abyss from Mount Evans Road, West Gully from Guanella Pass, West Ridge from Summit Lake, West Ridge from Echo Lake.
Info/Trip Report – N/A, plenty on this site

Mount Bierstadt: 14,060’ – 2nd Highest Peak in the Mount Evans Wilderness
Normal Trailheads/Routes Used –. Tour D’ Abyss from Mount Evans Road, West Slopes from Guanella Pass
Info/Trip Report – N/A, plenty on this site

Gray Wolf Mountain: 13,602’ – 3rd Highest Peak in the Mount Evans Wilderness
Normal Trailheads/Routes Used –. East Slopes from Echo Lake, West Slopes from Guanella Pass.
Info/Trip Report

Rosalie Peak: 13,575’ – 4th Highest Peak in the Mount Evans Wilderness
Normal Trailheads/Routes Used –. East Slopes from Deer Creek Trailhead, North Slope from Mount Evans Road.
Info/Trip Report


”Epaulie”: 13,530’ – 5th Highest Peak in the Mount Evans Wilderness
Normal Trailheads/Routes Used – South Slopes from Deer Creek Trailhead, North Slopes from Mount Evans Road.
Info/Trip Report

Rogers Peak: 13,391’ – 6th Highest Peak in the Mount Evans Wilderness
Normal Trailheads/Routes Used – Mount Evans Road from Echo Lake, West Slopes via Chicago Lakes Trail from Echo Lake, West Slopes from Summit Lake.
Info/Trip Report

Warren Peak: 13,307’ – 7th Highest Peak in the Mount Evans Wilderness
Normal Trailheads/Routes Used – West Slopes via Chicago Lakes Trail from Echo Lake, West Slopes from Summit Lake.

Mount Logan: 12,870’ – 8th Highest Peak in the Mount Evans Wilderness
Normal Trailheads/Routes Used – East Slopes from Deer Creek Trailhead, West Slopes from Threemile Creek.
Info/Trip Report – See trip report below.

Sugarloaf Peak: 12,513’ – 9th Highest Peak in the Mount Evans Wilderness
Normal Trailheads/Routes Used – South Slope from Hells Hole TH, South Slope from Echo Lake.
Info/Trip Report

Kataka Mountain: 12,441’ – 10th Highest Peak in the Mount Evans Wilderness
Normal Trailheads/Routes Used – Threemile Creek Trail from Threemile Creek Trailhead.
Info/Trip Report

Geneva Mountain: 12,335’ – 11th Highest Peak in the Mount Evans Wilderness
Normal Trailheads/Routes Used – North Slopes from Guanella Pass or Duck Lake Winter Closure.
Info/Trip Report

Chief Mountain: 11,709’ – 12th Highest Peak in the Mount Evans Wilderness
Normal Trailheads/Routes Used – East Slopes from Squaw Pass Road

Royal Mountain: 11,495’ – 13th Highest Peak in the Mount Evans Wilderness
Normal Trailheads/Routes Used – North Ridge from Deer Creek TH
Info/Trip Report

Meridian Hill: 11,490’ – 14th Highest Peak in the Mount Evans Wilderness
Normal Trailheads/Routes Used – West Ridge from Meridian Trailhead
Info/Trip Report

Warrior Mountain: 11,273’ – 15th Highest Peak in the Mount Evans Wilderness
Normal Trailheads/Routes Used – Utility Road from Squaw Pass Road

Spearhead Mountain: 11,244’ – 16th Highest Peak in the Mount Evans Wilderness
Normal Trailheads/Routes Used – Threemile Creek Trail from Threemile Creek Trailhead.
Info/Trip Report

UN 11053: 11,530’ – 17th Highest Peak in the Mount Evans Wilderness
Normal Trailheads/Routes Used – West Slope from Meridian Trailhead
Info/Trip Report

UN 10780: 10,780’ – 18th Highest Peak in the Mount Evans Wilderness
Normal Trailheads/Routes Used – North Slope from Threemile Creek Trailhead
Info/Trip Report

Unranked Extras
West Evans: 14,256’ – Unranked Peak
Normal Trailheads/Routes Used – Traverse coming or going from normal Mount Evans routes.

Epaulet Mountain: 13,523’ – Unranked Peak
Normal Trailheads/Routes Used – North Slope from Mount Evans Road, South Slopes from “Epaulie”.

Mount Spalding: 13,842’ – Unranked Peak
Normal Trailheads/Routes Used – East Ridge from Summit Lake TH, East Ridge from Echo Lake.

The Sawtooth: 13,620’ – Unranked Peak
Normal Trailheads/Routes Used – Within the traverse between Bierstadt and Evans.

UN12959: 12,959’ – Unranked Peak
Normal Trailheads/Routes Used – Hells Hole TH, located between Gray Wolf and Sugarloaf.




Part II: Mount Logan via East Slopes


Trailhead: Deer Creek Trailhead - Trailhead Info Here
9.5 Miles
3,580' Elevation


Pictures Below Write-Up

Trip Data:
Location - Mile Mark - Elevation - Coordinates
Deer Creek TH - 0.0 - 9,275' - 39.51063,105.56679
Left At Trail Split - 0.1 - 9,310' - 39.51082,105.56841
Left On Southwest Road - 0.4 - 9,360' - 39.51210,105.57195
Road End - 1.5 - 10,310' - 39.50288,105.58566
Upper Lake - 3.1 - 11,170' - 39.50127,105.60689
Slope Start - 3.4 - 11,600' - 39.49694,105.61229
Logan Summit - 4.75 - 12,870' - 39.49584,105.63084

I had been trying to get the monkey off my back and finish off this wilderness for quite a while, but bigger things (like a baby) kept popping up. With Mount Logan sitting as my last one, I was presented with two ascent options: 1- Threemile Trailhead from the west, or 2- Deer Creek Trailhead from the east. The Threemile route was longer, but lots of trail time makes it a more straightforward hike. The Deer Creek route is shorter, but a "rougher" ascent with more off trail hiking. I planned on taking the west route from Threemile Creek and was able to wrangle Sarah into joining. (Didn't have to twist her arm too much.) We originally planned on starting just before daylight since I was trying to be back in town before too late, but since Sarah had an hour drive just to meet me in Denver we decided to push back our time and change the route to Deer Creek from the east to make it a shorter day. (Sarah was nice enough to go along with my flip-flopping of routes...)

We made it to Deer Creek Trailhead just after daybreak and geared ourselves and the pups. We headed west along the trail for only 0.1 miles from the trailhead before we met the first trail intersection. We angled onto the left trail and continued on. After 0.4 miles along this trail, we met up with an old road that angled SW. We turned left unto the road and started gaining the first real elevation of the day. The road allowed an easy ascent of about 1,000' over the next 1.1 miles. Once the road tops out (it is a small clearing area, and you'll be able to notice because the road starts descending again) a couple faint trails can be found headed west. We chose the trail on the right and followed it as it maintained a western heading. The trail was faint enough that we lost it a few times, but kept finding it again. A good rule of thumb through here is to make sure the creek (Camp Creek) remains on your left. After around 1.5 miles of faint trail/easy bushwhacking, we arrived at a lake that resides around 11,200'. From the lake, we were able to get a good view of the large east slope that we were hoping to gain. We noticed a rather distinct gully that led almost directly to the slope top from the opposite side of the lake. We decided to aim for this gully and see how it went.

We circled around the NW side of the small lake which involved tiptoeing through some wet areas, but we were treated to a nice view of a tall waterfall to our right that seemed to originate somewhere above in Logan's steep east couloirs. We reached the gully we had been aiming for, but the closer look made us realize we could stay just to the right of the gully and ascend some steep slopes directly up to treeline. After a few hundred feet of huffing and puffing, we popped out above treeline and changed our heading from SW to NW. This enabled us to circle around the south side of the large eastern couloirs that prevented easy access to the final gentle eastern slopes up to the summit. There was a bit of large talus hopping from 12,200' to around 12,500', but after that the slopes eased and presented us with a nice grassy walk for the remaining .35 miles to the summit.

We spent some time enjoying the sights. To the north was the large expanse of the Mount Evans Wilderness, and to the south was the northern section of the Lost Creek Wilderness. After a while, we decided to mosey on back down. We descended our same route back to the trailhead, minus one small excursion to check out another trail.

It was an enjoyable trip with good company. Now back to the Lost Creek Wilderness....


Map of the day.

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Sunrise over Deer Creek Trailhead.


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Starting up the old road around 9,750'.


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Faint trail that we followed west after we departed the old road.


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The trail from 10,400' through 11,000' was pretty difficult to follow.


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Poor guy needs to put on weight.


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Sarah crossing a small talus field just below the lake.


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Dogs enjoying a quick dip.


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Close up of the slope we were aiming for. The gully seen was our original plan, but we ended up going just to the right of it.


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Early morning clouds above the lake.


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Eastern couloirs on the right, our path on the left. About to begin the steep slope.


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Closing in on treeline, Sarah looking back at where we came.


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On the slope, the top of the eastern couloirs on the right.


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Pt. 12509


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Looking back at the saddle between Mount Logan and Pt. 12509.


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Sarah starting the talus hop near 12,500'.


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The talus relents and the final push becomes a pleasant, grassy stroll.


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Mount Logan summit.


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Breaktime!


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Mount Evans massif.


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Myself and Rufus, my first "decent" sized wildereness complete.



Click to See Large Labeled Pano

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Old cabin we came across near 10,400' on the way down.


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Mushroom.


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Nice late morning stroll back to the trailhead.



Profile of the day.

Cheers!



My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):




Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
 


  • Comments or Questions (3)
Brian Thomas


good stuff     2012-09-21 16:47:52
Enjoying this and all your other Mount Evans, Indian Peaks, and Lost Creek Wilderness trip reports very much. Thanks for putting up so many solid and informative TR's on these often overlooked peaks in our backyard.


rijaca


Nice!     2012-09-21 19:42:55
Now back to the Lost Creek Wilderness....

Lake Park Peak anyone?


Jay521


Finally finished!     2012-09-22 07:25:56
Good to see you polished off one of your ”groups”. Now, like rijaca said - time to hit the LCW, eh?

Nice report - as always...



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