Peak(s):  Adams A, Mt  -  13,931 feet
Post Date:  01/12/2010
Date Climbed:   01/12/2010
Posted By:  Dad Mike

 Adams - East Ridge   

Mileage...13.7 miles
Elevation...around 5,000 feeet
Route...East Ridge from Horn Creek Trailhead

6:45am...leave car
9:30am...start up the east ridge
11:05am...east summit of adams (13,320') adams summit
12:45pm...horn lake
2:30pm...back at car

It was good to get this one done after my failed attempt a couple weeks ago. Yeah...I drove an hour and a half to the Horn Creek Trailhead and forgot my boots. All wasn't lost though...I did get to use the smelly outhouse and watch the sun rise on the Sangres from my car.

So this time all I forgot was the route description. I didn't think this would be a problem because it's pretty straight forward, but I did miss the trail and ended up bashing through downed trees, brush and deep snow for about 30 minutes before I got on track.

I was pleasantly surprised to find a well traveled trail almost all the way to Horn Lake...cross-country skiers from that huge ranch / farm?

The weather was unbelievable. It was 20 degrees on the summit with very little wind. Felt like summer.

Here's some of my pics with comments.

sunrise on jan. 3

sunrise on jan. 12

view of my route up the east ridge

I decided this would be a safer winter route than the southeast face in case it was loaded. Turned out it didn't matter because most of the face was bare.

goats on the east summit (not sure if you can see them)

When I got up there they were gone. I followed their footprints all the way along the ridge to the true summit, but never saw them. It was amazing how they always seemed to pick the best line through some tricky ridge sections.

oh comes the fun part

closer view of the summit block

Roach's description would have you traverse left under the rock and then go up the snow slope to the summit. I found a cool line up a crack in the cliff to the trusty ice axe came in handy.

view of east ridge, horn creek and the route back to the car

I was looking forward to this view all day

mike and his goofy glacier glasses

the snow was perfect for a glissade...all 1800' of it

here's the sign you need to look for...once you're on trail 1342, you're golden

Thanks for reading.

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

  • Comments or Questions

MMMMM     01/13/2010 08:13
Thank you. I have a new line for my tick list.

Nice looking day in the mountains.


Adams     01/13/2010 14:47
Nice photos! This is still on my list, looks like a great way to do this. Thanks for sharing!


Nice     01/13/2010 15:44
This was one of my favoriet summits. You get a great point of view that most people never see. Good job


You‘re my Hero!     01/13/2010 16:04
Mike...nice work homeboy! These pictures are so refreshing to look at from my NYC office this morning. Keep it up!

p.s. do you put the lines in your photos? You using photoshop these days?

-the 1-mountain wonder


another sunny day     01/13/2010 19:34
Nice job Mike...I‘m glad you didn‘t forget your boots this time!
And the summit block finish is a sweet one, isn‘t it?


Love that finish     05/09/2012 03:15
The chimney was a joy. Glad you shared it.

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