In Search of Snow in the Big Park – McHenrys Peak

Peak: McHenrys Peak (13,327′) – Rocky Mountain National Park
Date: October 30, 2016
Trailhead: Glacier Gorge (9,180′)
Approach: South Slope via Stone Man Pass
Distance:  ~ 13 miles
Elevation Gain:  ~ 4,200 ft.
Participants: Will Robnett, Dillon Sarnelli
Route Overview (click to enlarge).

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A Mummy Kill-er Loop in the Big Park

Peaks of the Park: Mummy Mountain (13,425′), Hagues Peak (13,560′), Fairchild Mountain (13,502′), Ypsilon Mountain (13,514′), Mount Chiquita (13,069′), Mount Chapin (12,454′)
Date:  October 4, 2015
Trailhead:  Lawn Lake (8,540′) – Rocky Mountain National Park
Route: Counterclockwise loop beginning and ending at the Lawn Lake TH via Fall River Road
Distance: 26 miles
Elevation Gain:  9,100 feet
Participants:  Solo mission
Time: 13 hours (including a rain delay, snow delay, and a lot of gaping)
Human Sightings: 2 (descending Fairchild)
Pedobear Sightings: 0

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Shake It Off: Sunday on The Sharkstooth – by David Yarian

An instant classic by the Zambino… Below is a link to a great read by Zambo on our recent trip into the Park to climb The Sharkstooth. Cheers!

Shake It Off – Sunday on The Sharkstooth

Signal and South Signal Mountains

Peaks: South Signal Mountain (11,248′) – Rocky Mountain National Park, and Signal Mountain (11,262′) – Comanche Peak Wilderness
Date: December 27, 2014
Trailhead: Dunraven (7,800′) *
Approach: Bulwark Ridge Trail
Distance: ~12.5 miles
Elevation Gain: ~3,800 ft.
Participants: Sam Sala, Dillon Sarnelli
Time: 11 hours

*Note: Due to the September 2013 flooding, much of the area around the Dunraven TH is still closed. The Bulwark Ridge Trail is open. See the Poudre Wilderness site for more info. You are permitted to park at the Dunraven TH and hike up the road .3 miles to the Bulwark Ridge Trail #928/Signal Mountain Trail. You are also permitted to hike up the road to Cheley Camp to temporarily access the North Fork Trail #929. The Dunraven TH is still closed in most other directions.

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An Island Among Giants: The Spearhead

Way back in 2011 I made my first trip into Glacier Gorge and like most folks who exit their vehicles at the trailhead, I was there to see something called Alberta Falls. Don’t get me wrong, Alberta Falls is great. Heck, I even took my family there later that summer, but let’s be serious now. Others may even go as far as the Loch or Mills Lake, also pretty spectacular in their own right. But for those willing to make the 5 mile trek deep into the heart of Glacier Gorge to where the upper plateau begins, that’s where the crown jewel of the park gets real. Names like Longs, Arrowhead, Pagoda, McHenrys, The Spearhead, Chiefs Head, to name a few, scatter the landscape. Believe it or not, but it actually took me 2 years to get past Alberta Falls, a December 2013 summit of Pagoda, and still one of my favorite days in the Park to date. Since then I’ve been itching to get back, which just so happens to bring us to this episode. 🙂

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