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 Peak(s):  Badger Mountain - 11,294 feet
South Tarryall Peak - 11,206 feet
 Post Date:  11/08/2010
 Date Climbed:   11/06/2010
 Posted By:  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)
Times:
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 ¼ 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
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Peaceful stream bridge crossing near TH
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Trail sign after stream crossing
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Cool rock formation
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Another cool rock formation coming down the west face
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McCurdy Mountain (right) and Bison Peak from summit
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Mosquito & Ten Mile Ranges from summit
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Summit cross with Sawatch Range in background
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Benchmark
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Looking down on the TH
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View west from Badger Mountain – Antero Reservoir in middle of pic with Mt. Princeton in background
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Badger Mountain Benchmark
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Radio tower
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Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
 


  • Comments or Questions (4)
Derek


Love the Puma Hills area...     2010-11-08 08:56:36
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..


zoomie83


That's what I was thinking     2010-11-08 17:10:08
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.


JasonF


I agree     2010-11-08 17:44:52
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.


mattpayne11



Very cool     2010-11-08 23:13:42
I love Puma Hills - I grew up going camping there a TON. Nice photos!



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