Peak(s):  US Grant Pk  -  13,767 feet
Date Posted:  08/01/2016
Date Climbed:   07/16/2016
Author:  mattpayne11
 US Grant Peak via Island Lake  

I don't think US Grant is a very popular climb in the San Juans since it is not a 14er or a Centennial, but I think it ranks right up there with some of the best in terms of the view, the challenge, and the experience.

As always, you can view the trip report over on my website. Hope it is useful if you're ever near Ice Lake Basin or Island Lake. It really is one of the more interesting climbs I've done. There's about 40 or so photos in the full trip report and a link to a GPS / GPX file.

Milky Way Reflections

Views of the San Miguels

Pilot Knob and friends

Island Lake at sunset

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
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 Comments or Questions

You take
08/01/2016 23:17
the BEST photos!!! I was there about a week after you and had the most heinous weather. I was only able to snag V2. But still...the camp alone at Island Lake was amazing (minus the 4 electrical storms I endured).


Thanks Goingup!
08/02/2016 10:28
Man, I could not imagine being at that lake in a thunderstorm - it would make me want to be much much lower in the trees. Thanks for your comment / feedback :-)


08/02/2016 10:42
I actually found a cave to hide in during the storms. It was definitely very scary but manageable. Like a pool when you here thunder, everyone gets out. I heard thunder and ran to the cave.


08/02/2016 10:43
Where was the cave? That's kind of a crazy story, would love to read more about it in a trip report haha! My scariest lightning camping was above Lake Como above tree-line. I'm surprised more people don't die to lightning, to be honest.


What goingup said
08/02/2016 11:06
Your pictures are ALWAYS stellar. And the reporting is pretty damn good, too. That area is simply gorgeous, isn't it?


08/02/2016 11:17
There were actually two caves. One was under US Grant and the other was right near that shallow pond where you took the night photos. I could see exactly where the weather was coming from, so I was sure to locate a place where I could wait it out that was free of metal poles. I actually felt quite safe inside but the storms were the real deal. At one point I could see where the lightning was striking it was that close.

Double Oh Seven

08/02/2016 11:43
I didnt know there was a way to make ice lake basin look more spectacular than it already does. But you figured it out with the milky way pictures!


triple wow
08/05/2016 19:17
10 thumbs up!


08/07/2016 15:07
I love that area and US Grant is still in my informal "13ers Top 20ish"list. Once again, you've captured a beautiful place in stunning photos. I might just stop taking my own pictures and just buy yours. But how did you not know about that headwall? Do some homework.

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