COLORADO

MOUNTAIN CLIMBING

TRIP REPORTS

AND PHOTOS

 

By Tim Briese

 

 

     Over the past many years I have spent many wonderful days exploring the grandeur of the Colorado mountains.  In September of 2000 I completed climbing all of the fourteen thousand foot peaks in the state.  Following is a list of those peaks in the order climbed with the date completed.  There are links to trip reports on all of these and many other climbs. In August of 2005 I finished climbing the highest 100 peaks in the state, on Jagged Mountain, and in July of 2012 I finished the highest 200, on The Guardian.

     While these trip reports are intended to be informative and entertaining, and perhaps even inspiring, they should not be substituted for more complete climbing and route information available from guidebooks and other online sources.

                                                                       

               14ER      DATE
   
1.   Longs Peak   (14,255') Aug.  12, 1979
2.   Pikes Peak   (14,110') Sept.   2, 1980
3.   Mt. Elbert   (14,433') Aug.  29, 1985
4.   Mt. Massive   (14,421') June  19, 1989
5.   Grays Peak   (14,270') Aug.  27, 1995
6.   Quandary Peak   (14,265') Sept. 13, 1995
7.   Mt. Princeton   (14,197') June  25, 1996
8.   Mt. Harvard   (14,420') July   13, 1996
9.   La Plata Peak   (14,336') July   20, 1996
10. Mt. Democrat   (14,148') Aug.  18, 1996
11. Mt. Lincoln   (14,286') Aug.  18, 1996
12. Mt. Bross   (14,172') Aug.  18, 1996
13. Mt. Yale   (14,196') Aug.  29, 1996
14. Mt. Sherman   (14,036') Sept. 14, 1996
15. Mt. Tabeguache   (14,155') Sept. 22, 1996
16. Mt. Shavano   (14,229') Sept. 22, 1996
17. Huron Peak   (14,003') Oct.    8, 1996
18. Mt. Bierstadt   (14,060') Feb.  17, 1997
19. Mt. Evans   (14,264') May  31, 1997
20. Mt. Columbia   (14,073') June  28, 1997
21. Humboldt Peak   (14,064') July     7, 1997
22. Missouri Mountain   (14,067') July   27, 1997
23. Uncompahgre Peak   (14,309') Aug.    8, 1997
24. Mt. Lindsey   (14,042') Aug.  16, 1997
25. Torreys Peak   (14,267') Aug.  19, 1997
26. Crestone Needle   (14,197') Aug.  25, 1997
27. Mt. Belford   (14,197') Sept. 18, 1997
28. Castle Peak   (14,265') Sept. 30, 1997
29. Mt. Antero   (14,269') Oct.   15, 1997
30. Holy Cross   (14,005') July   10, 1998
31. Crestone Peak   (14,294') July   26, 1998
32. Blanca Peak   (14,345') Aug.  24, 1998
33. Ellingwood Point   (14,042') Aug.  24, 1998
34. North Maroon Peak   (14,014') Sept. 12, 1998
35. Mt. Oxford   (14,153') Sept. 25, 1998
36. Handies Peak   (14,048') Oct.     2, 1998
37. Culebra Peak   (14,047') July   14, 1999
38. Windom Peak   (14,082') July   31, 1999
39. Sunlight Peak   (14,059') July   31, 1999
40. Mt. Eolus   (14,083') July   31, 1999
41. Mt. Sneffels   (14,150') Aug.  13, 1999
42. Wilson Peak   (14,017') Aug.  14, 1999
43. Capitol Peak   (14,130') Aug.  23, 1999
44. Little Bear Peak   (14,037') Aug.  26, 1999
45. Kit Carson Peak   (14,165') Sept.   9, 1999
46. Redcloud Peak   (14,034') June  23, 2000
47. Pyramid Peak   (14,018') July   14, 2000
48. Wetterhorn Peak   (14,015') July   23, 2000
49. Snowmass Mountain   (14,092') Aug.    1, 2000
50. South Maroon Peak   (14,156') Aug.  15, 2000
51. Mt. Wilson   (14,246') Sept.   8, 2000
52. El Diente   (14,159') Sept.   9, 2000
53. Sunshine Peak   (14,001') Sept. 10, 2000
54. San Luis Peak   (14,014') Sept. 16, 2000

                                                                                                                            

       

 

             NEW ADVENTURES IN 2003

 

McIntyre Hills Jan. 27
Guadalupe Peak, Texas   (8,749') Mar. 28
Picket Wire Canyonlands Apr. 17
McCurdy Mountain   (12,168') June 18
Mt. Whitney, California   (14,495'), June 28
   and Mt. Muir   (14,015')  
Boundary Peak, Nevada   (13,143') June 29
Mt. Russell, California   (14,086'), June 30
   and Mt. Carillon   (13,552')  
Mt. Meeker   (13,911') July 19
Vermillion Peak   (13,894'), July 24
   and Golden Horn   (13,780')  
Arrow Peak   (13,803'), July 26
   and Vestal Peak   (13,864')  
Grizzly Peak   (13,988'), Aug. 14
   and Garfield Peak   (13,780')  
Culebra Peak   (14,047'), Aug. 22
   and Red Mountain   (13,908')  
Ice Mountain   (13,951'), Aug. 23
   and North Apostle   (13,860')  
Humboldt Peak   (14,064') Sept. 1
Dyer Mountain   (13,855') Sept. 16
Mt. Oklahoma   (13,845') Sept. 19
Huerfano Peak   (13,828'), Sept. 23
   and the Iron Nipple   (13,500')  
Pancake Rocks Sept. 25
Horseshoe Mountain   (13,898') Sept. 27
Wheeler Peak, New Mexico   (13,161') Oct. 1
North Carbonate Peak   (13,870') Oct. 21
Lackawanna Peak   (13,823') Nov. 19

 

 

 

             NEW ADVENTURES IN 2004

 

Square Top Mountain   (13,794') Mar. 8
Utah Canyon Country Mar. 21-25
   Crack Canyon, Behind the Rocks, Calf Creek Falls,  
   Fence Canyon, Peekaboo and Spooky slot canyons,  
   and Willis Creek Canyon  
Mt. Aetna   (13,745') July 1
   and Taylor Mountain  (13,651')  
Mt. Sniktau   (13,234') July 9
Hagerman Peak   (13,841') July 11
Rio Grande Pyramid   (13,821') July 15
Jupiter Mountain   (13,830') July 18
Half Peak   (13,841') July 30
Borah Peak, Idaho   (12,662') Aug. 22
Kings Peak, Utah   (13,528') Aug. 23
Holy Cross Ridge   (13,831') Sept. 2
Drift Peak   (13,900') Sept. 9
   (A climb to measure if this one is "official".)  
Phoenix Peak   (13,895') Sept. 17
Humphreys Peak, Arizona   (12,633') Sept. 20

 

 

 

                NEW ADVENTURES IN 2005

 

In 2005 I completed climbing the highest 100 summits in Colorado, finishing on Jagged Mountain in August.

 

Apishapa Canyon, near Walsenburg, Colorado Jan. 20
Little Cottonwood Creek, near Buena Vista, Colorado March 12
White Canyon, Utah March 26
Alaska hikes: June 12-20
   Exit Glacier, Russian River Falls, and Swede Lake  
Pt. 13,811 and Pt. 13,832 July 11
Thunder Pyramid  (13,932') July 28
Gladstone Peak  (13,913') July 29
Dallas Peak  (13,809') July 30
Teakettle Mountain  (13,819') July 31
Jagged Mountain  (13,824') Aug. 16-18
Deer Mountain  (13,761'), Pt. 13,741, and Mt.  Champion (13,646') Sept. 1
Fisher Towers, Utah Sept. 13
North Taylor Creek, Sangre de Cristo Mountains Sept. 27
Red Peak (13,189'), and Eccles Pass loop hike Oct. 7

 

 

 

               NEW ADVENTURES IN 2006

 

Delicate Arch, Utah Jan. 8
Corona Arch, Utah April 2
Grape Creek Canyon, near Salida, Colorado April 8
McCurdy Mountain  (12,168'), Ute Creek Trailhead April 22
Penitente Canyon, near Del Norte, Colorado May 3
Rito Alto Peak  (13,794') May 20
Crestone Needle  (14,197') June 10
Mt. Langley, California  (14,027') June 27
Mt. Tyndall, California  (14,015') June 29
Navajo Peak  (13,409') July 18
Pilot Knob (attempt),  (13,738') July 20
Lookout Peak  (13,661') July 21
Tijeras Peak  (13,604') July 22
Table Mountain, Wyoming  (11,106') July 31
Union Falls hike, Yellowstone NP, Wyoming  Aug. 2
Geyser Spring hike, near Dunton, Colorado Aug. 25
Navajo Lake hike, Lizard Head Wilderness Aug. 26
Missouri Lakes/Fancy Pass loop hike, Holy Cross Wilderness Sept. 4
Grizzly Mountain  (13,708'), Cyclone Mountain  (13,596'), and Carbonate Mountain  (13,663') Sept. 12
San Luis Peak  (14,014') Sept. 18
Macey Lakes hike, Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Sept. 26
Bard Peak  (13,641'), and Mt. Parnassus  (13,574') Oct. 13

 

 

 

               NEW ADVENTURES IN 2007

 

Canyonlands NP, Utah: Chesler Park, Joint Trail, March 25
   Elephant Canyon  
Canyonlands NP, Utah: Big Spring Canyon and March 26
   Squaw Canyon  
Mt. Sheridan  (13,748') June 14
Mt. White  (13,667') June 23
Argentine Peak  (13,738') June 29
Mohawk Lakes hike June 30
Mt. Belford  (14,197), and Mt. Oxford  (14,153') July 14
Cottonwood Peak  (13,588') July 21
Mt. Tweto  (13,672'), Mt. Arkansas  (13,795'), and    Mosquito Peak  (13,781') July 29
Baldy Alto  (13,698') July 30
Wood Mt.  (13,660'), and Animas Forks Mt.    (13,722') July 31
American Peak  (13,803') Aug. 1
Twin Peaks  (13,580') Aug. 2
Northstar Mt.  (13,614'), and Wheeler Mt.  (13,690') Aug. 15
Coxcomb Peak  (13,656') Aug. 22
Pilot Knob  (13,738'), and US Grant Peak  (13,767') Aug. 23
Cirque Mountain  (13,686') Aug. 24
T 0  (13,735') Aug. 25
Rinker Peak  (13,783') Sept. 7
Colony Baldy  (13,705') Oct. 3
Gray Wolf Mountain  (13,602') Oct. 10
Lakes of the Clouds hike, Sangre de Cristo WA Oct. 20
Buffalo Peaks WA loop hike, and Pt. 12,096 Nov. 8
Grand Canyon, Arizona, Bright Angel Trail from rim to river and back Nov. 18

 

 

 

             NEW ADVENTURES IN 2008

 

Havasu Falls, Arizona Febr. 24-26
Curley Peak (9622') April 14
Kalalau Trail, Kauai, Hawaii May 7
Pt. 13,580B, via Willow Lake June 19
Mt. Shavano (14,229'), and Pt. 13,712 June 30
Torreys Peak (14,267'), via Kelso Ridge, and Grays Peak (14,270') July 11
Purgatoire Peak (13,676'), Alamosito Peak (13,466'),   and Vermejo Peak (13,723') July 12
Pt. 13,660 and Pt. 13,577, via Lily Lake July 14
Pico Asilado (13,611'), via South Colony Lakes July 15
Silver King Peak (13,762') July 18
Anderson Peak (13,631'), via Tellurium Creek July 30
Mt. Mamma (13,646') Aug. 12
Mt. Emma (13,581') Aug. 22
West Trinity Peak (13,765'), Trinity Peak (13,805'), and East Trinity Peak (13,745') Aug. 23
Monitor Peak (13,695') Aug. 26
Twining Peak (13,711') Sept. 5
Pt. 13,768, via Hunky Dory Lake Sept. 6
Organ Mountain (13,801') Sept. 15
Electric Pass Peak (13,635') Oct. 2
Bull Hill (13,761') Oct. 8
Peak 10 (13,633') and Peak 9 (13,195') Oct. 17
Little Horn Peak (13,143') and Fluted Peak (13,554') Oct. 27
Pt. 13,524 and Spread Eagle Peak (13,423') Oct. 31
Horn Peak (13,450') Nov. 25

 

 

 

              NEW ADVENTURES IN 2009

 

Peralta Trail, to the Weavers Needle, Superstition Mountains, Arizona Febr. 4
Sedona Sampler:  Hikes around Sedona, Arizona Febr. 6
Druid Arch, Canyonlands NP, Utah March 20
Devils Garden Loop Hike, Arches NP, Utah March 21
Electric Peak A (13,598') July 1
"Lightning Pyramid" (13,722') July 24
Sayres Benchmark (13,738') July 25
White Dome (13,627') and Peak One (13,589') July 29
Mt. Oso (13,684') July 30
Pt. 13,688 B Aug. 1
Peak Fifteen (13,700') and Animas Mountain (13,786') Aug. 20-22
Grizzly Peak B (13,738') Aug. 23
Mt. Blaurock (13,616') Oct. 2

 

 

 

            NEW ADVENTURES IN 2010

 

Pt. 13,626 June 30
Redcliff (13,642') July 6
Rolling Mt. (13,693') July 7
Grizzly Peak C (13,700') July 19-20
Pt. 13,795 July 22
Castleabra (13,803') July 23
Bald Mt. (13,684') Aug. 18
Silver Mt. (13,714'), Pt. 13,681 Sept. 11
"Quarter Peak" (13,674') Sept. 27
Bent Pk. (13,393'), Carson Pk. (13,657'), Pt. 13,580, Sept. 28
Pt. 13,581  
Pt. 13,691, Pt. 13,688A Sept. 29

 

 

 

          NEW ADVENTURES IN 2011

 

Vulture Peak, Arizona (3615') Febr. 4
Piestewa Peak, Arizona (2608') Febr. 9
Tarryall Peak (11,780') June 1
East Spanish Peak (12,683') June 10
Comanche Peak (13,277'), Spring Mountain (13,244'), Venable Peak (13,334') June 23
Matterhorn Peak (13,590') Aug. 8
Clark Peak (13,580') Aug. 18-19
Potosi Peak (13,786') Aug. 23
"Northwest Pole" (13,660'), Pole Creek Mountain (13,716') Aug. 24
Gilpin Peak (13,694') Aug. 25
Garfield Peak (13,780') Sept. 16
Pt. 13,631 Sept. 19

 

 

 

          NEW ADVENTURES IN 2012

 

"Cupid" (13,117'), Grizzly Peak D (13,427') Jan. 4
Brins Ridge, Arizona (5527') Febr. 5
Cathedral Rock, Arizona Febr. 6
Camelback Mountain, Arizona (2704') Febr. 13
Picacho Peak, Arizona (3374') Febr. 15
Trinchera Peak (13,517'), Leaning South Peak (13,203'), Cuatro Peak (13,487) June 12
San Miguel Peak (13,752') July 10
Mt. Jackson (13,670') July 20
Storm King Peak (13,752'), Peak Seven (13,682'), Peak Six (13,705'), July 24-27
Mt. Silex (13,628'), and The Guardian (13,617')  
North Star Mountain (13,614') July 28
Music Mountain (13,380') Aug. 19
Silver Peak (13,513'), Mt. Marcy (13,490') Sept. 19
Boreas Mountain (13,082') Oct. 2
Kelso Mountain (13,164') Dec. 1

 

 

 

         NEW ADVENTURES IN 2013

 

DeAnza Peak (13,362') and Gibbs Peak (13,553') June 26
Precipice Peak (13,144') and Courthouse Mountain (12,152') July 27
   
   
   

 

 

MORE CLIMBS -- More Colorado hikes and climbs that were done from 1997 to 2005,  including some 14er re-climbs, some 13er climbs, and other adventures.  Included are climbs of all of the Centennial Peaks, some of which are not otherwise listed on this Home Page.  Also included are some out-of-state climbs done during that time period, including some state highpoints.

 

PHOTO LIBRARY -- This is an index of the photos that are included in my trip reports up through 2004. 

 

SUGGESTED GUIDES -- Guidebooks and maps that have helped me find the way

 

 

Please email me with comments or questions at tbriese@comcast.net