|Peak:||Gladstone Ridge (13er)|
|Date of Info:||05/24/2020|
An incredibly beautiful ascent; thanks to Paul Stratmoen for the inspiration. There's a small parking area at N 38Â° 45.6885', W 106Â° 23.0428' on Chaffee County Road 344. From there simply hike directly north into beautiful aspen forest and directly up the steep hillside. You may want a GPX track to follow just in case because there's no trail here whatsoever and the many, many small creeks cascading down the slope quickly become impossible to keep track of, but essentially just go up the hill. Once above treeline the highest point of Gladstone Ridge is to the right and not visible until nearly on top of it; continue your steep uphill march in that general direction and it will become apparent. There's some snow below treeline but not much and most of it is avoidable. It did snow and rain today so there was a small accumulation of snow above treeline and the rocks were wet. I doubt anyone will ascend this peak for a while, but if for some reason someone goes up in the next day or two be aware the rocks could have verglas on them and the overall ascent could be extremely slick with moisture.