Here is a photo of a skier getting ready to go down: Here is a photo of the lakes at the bottom of the valley: Keep on following the trail till you get to the top. Posts about James Peak Wilderness written by linhartb. The ridge connecting Edwards to … Overall it took us 3 hours to get to the top from St. Mary Glacier. It was clearly marked and we followed it. Download Agreement, Release, and Acknowledgement of Risk: We started at the St. Mary Glacier/Lake Trailhead at 7:30 AM. Here is a pic of our pup, Rusy leading the way with our friends in the distance: Climbing the glacier was not easy to get to the top. Cairns are posted and very visible to see. Beth, Spruce and I all highly recommend it! When following the clear path on the south side ridge, you can look across the valley and see Mt. To Mt. By using the information provided, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless 14ers.com and the report author(s) with respect to any claims and demands against them, including any attorney fees and expenses. Elevation: 13,391' Difficulty: Difficult. Topped off with a glacier and beautiful alpine lake, making James Peak a must hike in the Peak to Peak Region. That descent takes you by the upper lakes in the Loch Lomond chain of lakes. https://photos.app.goo.gl/g5G17E7CH1TDkeem7, https://photos.app.goo.gl/EtWP8WPMs3uHFJ9w8, https://photos.app.goo.gl/u7Q63HUSsZhouRbk6, https://photos.app.goo.gl/MpETBQdUJyvrmRja6, https://photos.app.goo.gl/rA45u5Uv6ZYRWqFB6, https://photos.app.goo.gl/rSVGYNdgKNkFTD3A9, https://photos.app.goo.gl/GtggJ6tKpL7ZYxRv5, https://photos.app.goo.gl/THBmmRTm4eBa2xwq5, https://photos.app.goo.gl/MAooPUJwJTeFcrVN6. Using your forum id/password. 14ers.com and the author(s) of this report provide no warranties, either express or implied, that the information provided is accurate or reliable. Please read the 14ers.com Safety and Disclaimer pages for more information. 0.7 mi). Ski Mountaineering - James Peak Region: Front Range Date: March 6, 2010 Mileage: ~8 Elevation Gain: ~2,900'? Failure to have the necessary experience, physical conditioning, supplies or equipment can result in injury or death. James Peak is a “13er” (summit over 13,000 feet) and is a great hike for the beginner hiker looking to get into more serious hikes. The other two suggestions can be accessed by passenger car. In fact, with challenging Class 2 routes and a manageable Class 3 option, Grizzly Peak is actually a bit more challenging and dynamic than many of its higher counterparts. Download Agreement, Release, and Acknowledgement of Risk: A friend of mine and I are considering this route sometime soon. “Wearing heavier boots affects the joints—knees and hips. 14ers.com • Trip Report - James Peak from Rogers Pass Trailhead. The Indian Peaks / James Peak Wilderness Topographic Hiking Map is a waterproof, tear-resistant map covering all hiking trails in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness of central Colorado and surroundings with a 1:48,000 scale (1 in appox. Bierstadt (14er) Mt. The three we suggest here are all Class 2, with our primary route offering some Class 2+ work on the descent. All the stunning panoramic scenery of a 14er- packed into a 13er! Not registered. Looks like fun. Caution: The information contained in this report may not be accurate and should not be the only resource used in preparation for your climb. https://photos.app.goo.gl/xhka4jQnFecL9Q5K8. This map can only be accessed by registered, 14ers.com users. It’s also one of the peaks that dominate the view to the east when you’re skiing Winter Park. James Peak - From St. Mary's Glacier. It seriously is a beautiful place! Please disregard the straight line going down the mountain and follow the path going down. Square Top is just a bit west and 271 feet shy of 14,065-foot … Some nice snow formations Thankfully someone else on the summit with me... Indian Peaks We’ve owned a week in September at a timeshare in the Fraser-Winter Park area for many years that has a great view of James Peak and Parry Peak. I recommend the route via Saint Mary’s Glacier near Idaho Springs. It’s usually climbed from St. Mary’s Glacier or the old mining roads above Central City. James Peak provides fantastic summit view of the front range and continental divide but is completely exposed to the elements for the entire hike. The trail was very easy to find and pretty simply to track up to the lake. The previous day had turned the slush on the trail to ice, but it was relatively easy to hike without crampons or snowshoes. James Peak – 13,294′ ... At just 12 feet under the 14,000 ft mark, we might as well think of Grizzly Peak as a 14er. 14er User Checklists; 13er User Checklists; Checklist Statistics; Swap/Shop. Argonaut Peak NE Couloir Argonaut Peak; Bear Basin Wind River Range; Belford, Oxford, Hope, Yale, Columbia Peaks January 2012 Colorado 14ers in Winter; Big Snagtooth May 2013 Big Snagtooth; Cannon Mountain, Enchantment Peak and Mt. Avalanches are also a concern, depending on your route--there is a fairly safe way to do James from Saint Mary's Glacier but other routes can definitely put you in avalanche terrain. After our lunch break, we continued up towards Lake Haiyaha. Bancroft and its couloirs. Blaurock, who climbed his first fourteener, Pikes Peak, at age 15, recalled that he and Ervin would ride the train from Denver to Creede and “walk over to Ouray and Telluride and climb the peaks in between.” Here is the trailhead location via goog maps: From there, it took us about 20/30 mins to get to St. Mary Lake, which was fantastic in the AM. 14er THs by Road Difficulty; 14er THs on Map; Weather. James Peak from Rogers Pass Trailhead. Parry Peak is the highest … Bancroft, the ridge between James Peak and Mt. Using your forum id/password. Also, i paused my GPS watch when we got to the peak and forgot to put it back on until we hit the flats section. We used micro spikes, which were just fine. Heart Lake is tucked into James Peak Wilderness, a 17,000-plus-acre spread in central Colorado that is named for Edwin James. My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload): Thanks for posting this. Overall we finished the whole thing in 5.5 hours and didnt rush anything because weather conditions were ideal. East Longs Peak TH features a bike lockup area, pit toilets, and in the summer: potable water. Stuart Cascadian Couloir; Capitol, Daly, Arrow, Sneffels Peaks, Larry Canyon A few golden aspens provided some nice shots. We started at the St. Mary Glacier/Lake Trailhead at 7:30 AM. Partners: Keith, Brian 14ers.com TR: James Peak - Out of the storm and into the sun Photos: (View Slideshow) 14ers.com and the author(s) of this report provide no warranties, either express or implied, that the information provided is accurate or reliable. James became a mountaineer and was the first person to do a recorded ascent of a Colorado Fourteener. Flora On a picture perfect clear day in September we saw about thirty people after getting past St. Mary’s Glacier. Elbert (14er) Quandary Peak (14er) James Peak (13er) Bierstadt-Sawtooth-Evans (14er combo) La Plata (14er) Mt. Trail Length: 9.52 miles (roundtrip) Trailhead Elevation: 10,373’ James Peak Summit: 13,152’ Elevation Gain: +2,909’ Trailhead Location: From I-70, exit #238 for St Mary’s – Alice – Fall River Road.From the exit ramp, turn north on CR 275 and drive 9.2 miles to the St Mary’s Glacier Trailhead on the left (west) side of the road. Ironically it did not end up being named James but was called Pikes Peak instead. Spalding (13er) 2014 Grays and Torreys Combo (14er) Mt. We followed the trail due west and headed straight for the peak. Work your way up to more difficult 14ers, like South Maroon Peak. It took us about 45 mins to an hour to go up roughly 800-1000 feet in elevation over about a mile. The trail was very easy to find and pretty simply to track up to the lake. The summit offers some enticing views of the Indian Peaks Wilderness and some of the summits farther north in Rocky Mountain National Park. James Peak is a popular summer hike with several route possibilities. Gotta love this peak. Peak Forecasts; WunderMap; Road Conditions (CDOT) NOAA Satellite Imagery; NOAA National Maps; NOAA Radio Stations; NOAA Snow Level Info; CO Snow % of Normal; CO Snow Line Graph; Checklists. Accessing this route requires high clearance 4WD. Here is the trailhead location via goog maps: Distance: 12.6 Miles. Please read the 14ers.com Safety and … hi rrk, we paid $5 for parking at the lots around the location I posted. A perennial snowfield on James Peak. That’s not to say it’s a walk in the park — there’s a matter of 4,400 feet of elevation gain over 4.5 miles to deal with — but the paths are well-maintained an… A short while after I arrived at Saint Mary's Lake. Mountain (climbing) weather forecasts for 3 elevations of James Peak, Front Range, Rocky Mountains (USA), United States. A view to the south of Grays Peak (14,270′) and Torreys Peak (14,267′). Mount Edwards, 13,850 feet: Like Meeker and Square Top, Edwards is a fine peak located near a fourteener (actually two, Grays and Torreys). Once we got to the top of the glacier, we used this point on google maps as our main point of interest when coming back down. 14ers.com • Trip Report - James Peak - From St. Mary's Glacier. Most likely, this will be your transition point from cycling to hiking. Please note google maps has a considerable less amount of snow on the mountain when the photo was taken then what it was on our hike day. Colorado’s highest summit is a grandfatherly gentle giant, at least by Rocky Mountain standards. After taking some photos we headed for the glacier. To the south the shard ridge between James, Bancroft, and Parry is impressive with all the Front Range 14ers in the distance beyond. The flagship and highest peak in Gilpin County- where I call home- can be reached in number of ways. Some sections we went off trail due to snow fields in the flat sections but for the most part an experienced hiker should have no problem finding the route. Trailhead: Saint Mary's Glacier Route: To James Peak, Saint Mary's Glacier to the peak. We ran into a resident: The peak was awesome, with amazing panorama views: It was windy but people made some nice little hide outs in the rock at the peak to hang out. The views beat Bierstadt’s and there is significantly less people. This phot sums up most of the flats sections: When going due west of the flats, it is very each to make out the trails. Please read the 14ers.com Safety and Disclaimer pages for more information. Views from the summit of James Peak. East Longs Peak TH is located a mile off of HW 7, and makes for the most convenient and obvious trailhead for self-powered adventures. The snow was hard packed due to the cold night and we simply went straight up. Not many people there, and quite. Square Top Mountain: 13,794 feet. Lakes viewed from above on James Peak, as captured by Mark James. Other groups were scaling the false peak to hike the north ridge line of the mountain, but we stuck with the clear path which was on the south side ridge line of the mountain. We found some great flat boulders with terrific views looking in the direction of Longs Peak, the only 14er in Rocky Mountain National Park. You can easily access Elbert’s large, rounded dome by several trails, all of which begin in vanilla-scented pine forests and emerge from treeline with stunning views of the Sawatch Range. Failure to have the necessary experience, physical conditioning, supplies or equipment can result in injury or death. Continuing on up the trail, at 3.8 miles and an elevation of 12,880’, I had a nice view of James Peak Lake, Little Echo Lake and the Mammoth Gulch drainage in the northern valley below. James Dziezynski Through all this training, wear the same shoes you’ll use on game day so they’re broken in and your legs get used to the weight. Bancroft: 10:25 am Car: 1:30 pm Special gear: Ice axe, micro spikes, crampons My parents are in town, so what better excuse to get a day off … The two peaks on the right are Grays Peak (14,278’) and Torreys Peak (14,275’), two 14ers which I have climbed. By using the information provided, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless 14ers.com and the report author(s) with respect to any claims and demands against them, including any attorney fees and expenses. Bierstadt with Liz and Maggie (14er) 2015 DeCaLiBron (14ers combo) Mt. James Peak is one of the easier 13ers or 14ers to do, but it is still difficult to do and well worth hiking. James is a peak of many options, with easy walks, a technical east face and an interesting ridge walk from neighboring Mount Bancroft. Thankfully a snowshoer made it to the summit shortly after me, so I could get a decent summit shot. Snow fields covered parts of the trail but there are post holes indicating the trail path. We stood up there for an hour. Caution: The information contained in this report may not be accurate and should not be the only resource used in preparation for your climb. We went the same way going down, sliding down some snow fields and the glacier. To the southwest you can see the Gore Range and on a … James Peak, so close... James Peak, but so far away The summit area was a wonderland of ice rime formations, a testament to how windy the peak usually is. Please note that our ascent of James Peak was our first 13er, and even pre-dated our completion of all the 14ers. Bancroft Distance: About 10 miles Who: Bob Start: 5:45 am Summit of James Peak: 8:15 am Summit of Mt. 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