Mt. Hope A
East Ridge
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Difficulty:
 Difficult Class 2 
Trailhead:Sheep Gulch
Start:9,850 feet
Summit:13,933 feet
Total Gain:4,200 feet
RT Length:8.00
Author:BillMiddlebrook
Updated:1/2015
Weather:NOAA Forecast
Conditions:51 reports
Cell Signal:2 reports
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? (WINTER) HOLD ON! If you don't have much high-elevation, winter climbing experience, be careful in your planning and take a partner. All 14er routes are more difficult and more dangerous in winter.

Trailhead

From Leadville: Drive 20 miles south on U.S. 24 and turn right on the Chaffee County 390 road. From Buena Vista: Drive 14.5 miles north on U.S. 24 and turn left on the Chaffee County 390 road. On the 390 road, drive 7.5 miles to the Missouri Gulch trailhead and continue approx. 1.6 miles to reach the Sheep Gulch TH on the right, at 9,850'.

Route

Leave the trailhead ( 1) and hike north into Sheep Gulch on the Colorado Trail. Stay right at a trail junction ( 2) and continue up the excellent trail ( 3) to 11,300' where the trail crosses to the east side of Sheep Gulch - 4. Continue north along the gulch ( 5) and exit the trees near 12,200' where you can see Hope's east ridge and Hope Pass, the saddle between Hope and Quail Mountain - 6. Continue up to Hope Pass (12,550') - 7, 8 and 9.

Taken from Quail Mountain, 10 provide an overview of Hope's east ridge route. From the pass, leave the trail and begin west up the ridge - 11. You won't find much of a trail here so pick your line and gain the ridge crest - 12. Once you reach the top of the first ridge bump ( 13), the remainder of the ridge comes into view. Continue along the ridge - 14 and 15.

Above 13,000', you'll find the crux of the route - a 300+ foot section of jumbled rock which is unlike the defined ridge you've enjoyed since Hope Pass - 16. Technically, the ridge crest is along the right side of this mess but it's easiest to stay a bit to the left instead of scrambling along the northern edge. In 16, you can see some small gullies on the upper left of the photo. A good way up is to angle into one of the gullies and ascend back to the ridge. So, walk up to 13,150' and traverse left ( 17) to reach a defined gully - 18. Ascend the gully and regain the east ridge - 19 and 20. Turn left and pass a point on the ridge to reach the top of Hopeful Couloir - 21 and 22. Continue above the top of Hopeful to reach a false summit and then the true summit - 23 and 24.

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