Peak(s):  Lookout Pk  -  13,661 feet
Date Posted:  08/25/2019
Modified:  08/29/2019
Date Climbed:   08/21/2019
Author:  Mtnman200
Additional Members:   RandyMack
 Looking Out Forever  

Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. Randy and I drove from Silverton to the Ophir Pass Road, which is fairly tame on the east side of the pass. We parked about 1/4 mile below the pass at a bend in the road at 11,700'. It was nice to be starting so high today.

Heading toward the basin SE of Lookout Peak, as the peak looks down on us

We headed north and then NW into a basin SE of Lookout Peak (13,661'). At about 12,500' we climbed east (left in the photo above) onto Lookout Peak's south ridge, which became progressively more rotten and steeper as we climbed north.

There were multiple routes in some areas, and some of these routes were better than others. Still, it was a fairly quick climb to the summit of Lookout Peak.

Looking south from the summit of Lookout Peak toward South Lookout Peak as the skies became more menacing. The Ophir Pass Road is visible

Another view from the summit of Lookout Peak

Columbine Lake from the summit of Lookout Peak

And another view from the summit of Lookout Peak

The USGS benchmark is a bit below the summit of Lookout Peak. Not wanting to risk a $250 fine, we didn't disturb it

Due to the quickly darkening skies, we descended quickly and were only about 15 or 20 minutes away from our car when rain began, although the NWS promised us only a 20% chance of afternoon rain.

Heavy wet snow began as we started driving down the Ophir Pass Road but became rain by the time we reached U.S. 550. That's okay; we were glad to safely reach a summit in time for a nice lunch at the Brown Bear Cafe in Silverton.

Next up: hopefully a tricentennial completion on V 10 southwest of Silverton. Stay tuned.

Route on Lookout Peak

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 Comments or Questions

08/25/2019 06:02
Incredible views!


I'm loving . . .
08/26/2019 09:37
the themed TR titles! I didn't realize you were that close to the tricentennial finisher. I thought the best part of climbing Lookout is that view of Columbine Lake.


08/27/2019 10:36
Jay: It is a beautiful area.
Dave: I only had 10 left at the start of this season. I hope you can get to Clinton Peak soon for your centennial finisher.


Lookout plus Bridal
08/28/2019 17:54
Congrats on Lookout!

Mark and I climbed Lookout yesterday. We weren't expecting a cairned route most of the way. Near the top we went left of the cairned route (unintentionally) and climbed a steep narrow chimney/gully which worked out so well we took it on the way back down to avoid the steep loose stuff. As we couldn't find a reasonable way to climb to tricentennial Bridal/T11 from there, we drove back to the Columbine Lake TH and hiked to Bridal that afternoon. Surprisingly that turned out to be a very rewarding climb as the 360-degree views from Bridal were about as good as I've seen from any Colorado Peak.

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