Peak(s):  Pt. 12,370
Woods Mtn 12,940
Date Posted:  07/31/2019
Date Climbed:   07/28/2019
Author:  jibler
 "No One Told Me There Were Cool Rocks Up Here" (or "The I-70 Tourist")   

OK - two hikes very accessible from I-70 in one weekend. Both conducted in mid-late afternoons.

The Point - Sunday 7.28 - approx 8 miles

Scouted out the path up to this area on Google Earth - you park at the Vail Pass Reststop and go south parallel to highway for a second and then cut up valley toward Ptarmigan Pass

Expected to top up on grassy top - but instead found a little world of wonder....

Early in hike

Ptarmigan Hill

Upon reaching up near that Pass - was Shocka Khan'd to see like 20+ people up on the pass itself. For a moment I was thinking way more people had come up this way from crowded parking lot at rest area -

but no. they were all ATV'ers.

my worst nightmare! mechanical riders! destination is bump on ridge on left.

but it worked out OK for afternoon - as that huge pack left and no one else came by until I was leaving.

Ptarmgin Hill - that's Ski Cooper's equipment?? if not let's tear that down....

Hold the I-Phone people - there's more than just grass on this mtn top!

Let's get the geology people in here - this rock has different characteristics than the other red rocks up on Vail and Shrine Passes.
Note the streaks of white.


Furthest point on rocks - facing South

Looking north -

Furthest Point South of Rocks - facing North

Woods Mtn Addendum: - approx. 6.5 miles

Have been to Herman's Gulch (aka "Herman's Head") like 10 times but not up the Watrous Gulch drainage ever. (Yet I have never hiked Pettengel?)

Weather was not all that great but needed to bust out quick hike so thought I would at least scope it out...

Woods MTN - Saturday 7.29

So green - CO or Ireland??

Ended up pulling a 'Hickenlooper' from west side of Woods over around down the east side. Weather was just unsettled but OK.



Narrow Ridge of Woods

the rains did settle in eventually on way down

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Comments or Questions
08/01/2019 11:07
Looks like a bit of the Maroon formation left over there.


The Point
08/07/2019 17:49
After reading this report, I just HAD to follow in your footsteps. I had some extra time so I tagged Ptarmigan Hill and PT12207 but I wouldn't have gotten any of them had you not posted this report. I had no idea there was a trail starting at the rest stop. Thanks!!

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