Rito Alto TrailPosted On:
2018-06-23, By: TravelingMattInfo:
I did 13062, 13060 and 13028 as an out-and-back from the Rito Alto TH on the west side. Thought this would be a better routing than going up the San Isabel Trail or over Hermit Pass. I hiked in some 5.5 miles on the Rito Alto Trail to a meadow at around 10,880', then ascended south up a steep clearing (first pic), eventually gaining the NE ridge of 13062 at around 12,400'. NE ridge goes straight to summit steeply but easily, mostly grass. North ridge of 13060 has rock face that can be bypassed to left/east (second pic); multiple steep grass chutes lead back to the ridge and I rate this section 2+ rather than strict 3. Peak 12890 between 13060 and 13028 can be bypassed to left/northeast via a grassy ramp (third pic). From 13028 I dropped to Mas Alto Lake, followed creek to around 12200, tacked north then northeast down to treeline, then zigzagged down to Rito Alto Lake. Stats: 16+ miles, 5300' gain, Class 2+. Spent about 3 hours on the ridge total. Long day.