Peak(s):  Bartlett Mtn  -  13,400 feet
Date Posted:  11/08/2007
Modified:  06/14/2008
Date Climbed:   11/08/2007
Author:  Layne Bracy
 This mountain might not always be there!  

TH:south parking at Clinton Reservoir, 11100', 7:05am
Carbonate Hill, 12060', 7:55am
Little Bartlett Mountain, 12935', 8:45am
Bartlett Mountain, 13400', 9:35am
TH, 11:10am
5.5mi/2400'/4hr 5min


Clinton Reservoir
I was planning to try Bartlett in spring, but when the Jamies and Mike had a successful outing, I decided to try to get an extra scramble out of the mild fall. Thanks to Jamie for conditions info, which allowed me to leave axe and snowshoes home, and to their group for the nice track to follow!

Carbonate Hill with Jacque Pk in background
From the parking area I headed directly up the slope through the trees, soon hitting the broken trail. I followed this up to the flats and then to the non-descript summit of Carbonate Hill, more a slope than a hill. I contoured right around Little Bartlett and then proceeded directly up the slope to the summit. The rock is loose, and this would be dangerous if it were just a little steeper.

Little Bart's summit, Bartlett in back
Little Bart's summit cairn is huge, more like a small room. I descended to the saddle, then generally worked my way up the ridge to Bartlett's summit area. Staying on the ridge, I made a steep step up to the false summit, a little knife-edge. The true summit, which to me looks like an origami bird, was not far off.

The false knife-edge summit is at left, the true summit at right
I carefully straddled the knife-edge - it is thin enough that a drop onto it might have serious consequences! I continued to its far edge, then carefully downclimbed the other side to reach the notch between the two summits. From the notch, I passed left around the true summit block and was surprised to see that the summit was just a few steps up!

Looking back at the knife-edge summit from below the true summit

Just a few exposed steps to the top!
I climbed up and patted the top. I was unable to sign the register, as it apparently is now located in Jamie's apartment. Now the question was how to descend. The steep loose gully that other people have used to ascend looked reasonable, so I decided against reversing the knife-edge route.

Looking down on the blade-like summit rock

On the descent, I passed between the summit tower and the crescent-shaped boulder that juts to the right.
I swatted off a few loose rocks, and after a couple careful moves, I was in the clear! I imagine this route will continue to improve with traffic. The descent was uneventful - I saw a coyote running across the flats and followed the Jamies' track back to the car.

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 Comments or Questions
Chicago Transplant

11/09/2007 21:35
Lordhelmut - Yes, you can park at the south side of Clinton Reservoir to access this peak. Technically it is on Climax property so get it before they open the mines
Most of it is just a gentle slog, the summit is interesting scrambling but very loose. The mining has rendered this a big choss pile. Its fascinating to see what man can do to destroy a mountain though.

Great Report & pics!
11/30/2010 17:28
Thanks for the nice report since Jamie slacked off on getting ours up. Holy went over that knife edge?!?!? After realizing that the spire on the left wasn't the true summit, we retreated and went up your descent route. Mike is really the one who deserves credit for the track...he was trail breaker most of the day.
PS- We saw that coyote too!

Layne Bracy

Maybe I'll follow after you guys all winter!
11/30/2010 17:28
Thanks, Jamie! Yeah, the knife-edge is a lot sharper than Capitol's. I faced in getting off it - fortunately a few footholds didn't crumble away!

Chicago Transplant

11/30/2010 17:28
I'm surprised that block is still there from last weekend
Yeah, we retreated and traversed below the knife ridge and then ascended the loose blocks on the Clinton side of the tower, then wrapped around the razor fin to the blocks in between. We too just tapped it, there is no standing on that thing! Glad you had a good climb, you're welcome for the trench


cool climb
11/30/2010 17:28
Is this peak accessed from that trailhead right next to that reservoir (I assume is Clinton) right off 91 on the way to Leadville? I've always wondered about that one, looks like a lot of fun.

Chris P.

What a sad mountain...
11/30/2010 17:28
Thanks for the report Layne. I think this mountain is going on my list of must-climbs for next summer before it is completely destroyed. It's always kind of sad for me to drive by and see one entire side of the mountain missing.


Good deal
02/05/2011 00:22
CT - thanks for the info, a shame it is indeed.

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