Peak(s):  Rio Grande Pyramid  -  13,821 feet
Date Posted:  07/16/2012
Date Climbed:   06/29/2012
Author:  Chris P.
 The Allure of the Weminuche - Adventures on the Rio Grande Pyramid  

I'm a couple of weeks late in writing this report, but I suspect the only conditions to have changed in that time are an increasing number of thunderstorms and wildflowers.

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 Comments or Questions

07/16/2012 18:44
We climbed RGP in mid-June and agree with your assessment as a ”must do” climb. This was our first relatively close up view of the Grenadiers and Needles from the east and it didn't disappoint. We almost made the same mistake you did in the deadfall area. It didn't seem right that we should descend at that point. After a short pause, we noticed a faint ascending trail and it turned out to be the right call. I posted a condition update on this issue but you must not have read it.

Ron McFarland
Conditions on Skyline Trail
07/17/2012 17:32
Curious to know how challenging it was to get around the downed timber on the Skyline Trail?

We have hiked through there several times with llamas and would like to do it again this summer. Any insight would be helpful.


Chris P.

Skyline Deadfall
07/17/2012 23:12
Since I got offroute while ascending the skyline at the deadfall area, then came back down by a different route I'm not sure how difficult the correct bypass would be, but based on the terrain in that immediate area I wouldn't expect it to be horribly difficult. The Rincon La Vaca trail had minimal deadfall and in my opinion is a nicer trail overall, especially if you're looking to camp somewhere between Weminuche Pass and the base of the upper mountain.

Ron McFarland
Skyline Deadfall
07/18/2012 01:21
Thanks for the feedback - sounds somewhat similar to a couple of years ago when we hiked it. Trees are falling everywhere and it helps to get additional input.

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