Peak: Mount Kennedy (13,125′) Date: November 3, 2019 Where: Weminuche Wilderness Trailhead: (not quite) Lime Mesa (11,040′) Distance: ~14 miles Elevation Gain: ~3,000′ Participants: solo Time: 9 hours
It’s been a long time since I’ve regularly written trip reports. Not sure why that is. Life moves fast! Well, here’s another.
Back in 2017 I hit Endlich Mesa on 2 separate outings, but I’ve never quite made it over to Lime Mesa until this past weekend. I also think this might be my first successful trek into the Weminuche this late in the year, “successful” being the key word.
One note on the Lime Mesa TH. I didn’t actually ever get to the Lime Mesa TH. You don’t actually have to to ever get to the Lime Mesa TH. Your vehicle will thank you for not ever actually getting to the Lime Mesa TH. You don’t even have to slog the last 2 miles on foot to the trailhead. Instead, lose your vehicle at about mile 24 when the road starts to eat it, walk a little further to the hairpin turn (see below), and then begin your journey northeast from there. There’s a solid trail that will eventually link you back up with the Lime Mesa trail and this method might even be shorter.
Thanks for reading and I hope you’re all enjoying the fall!
Peaks: “Baldy No Es Cinco” (13,313′), Baldy Cinco (13,383′), UN 13,162 A, UN 13,510 A Date: July 14. 2019 Where: La Garita Wilderness Trailhead: Spring Creek Pass (10,898′) Route: Ridge traverse returning via Snow Mesa along the Colorado Trail. Distance: ~15 miles Elevation Gain: ~4,800′ Human Participants: Dillon Sarnelli Canine Participants: T. Rex Sarnelli Time: 8 hours
Peak: Snowdrift Peak (12,274′) – Rocky Mountain National Park Date: November 11, 2017 Trailhead: Green Mountain (8,800′) Approach: Northeast Ridge Distance: 22.4 miles Elevation Gain: 4,500 ft. Wolf, but probably a giant coyote sightings?: 1 Human sightings: 0 Participants: solo Time: 12 hours
Peaks: UN 13,336, UN 13,020 B, Willoughby Mountain (13,142′), UN 13,039, Sleeping Sexton (13,460′) Date: July 21-23, 2017 Where: Elk Range Trailhead: Maroon Lake (9,580′) Participants: Brian Miller, Dillon Sarnelli