State Rank: 448
13er Rank: 395
Date: September 6, 2014
Elevation Gain: 1,664'
Date: June 13, 2010
Elevation Gain: ~1,000'
Finding the weather window(View Slideshow
Date: March 21, 2009
Elevation Gain: ~1,700'
Hike during the day, ski at night
A mid (ski) season warm up had me itching to get in a quick hike in between slushy ski days and nights. That and a ski condo quickly coming to the end of it's lease, had me looking for other things to do in the high country.
Last summer I had hiked "Cupid" and Grizzly Peak D as my first altitude hikes, so I knew the ridge line east of Loveland pass would hold the least amount of snow. Add in the warm-up, and there shouldn't be much gear needed for a short day hike on the first day of spring. In fact, other than some outer wear changes, I was ready to go skiing later at Keystone's night ski.
I got a reasonably early start, not for storms or the like, but to get parking. It's non existent in summer or winter, as it's popular for hikers and skiers alike. So after a short drive from my condo in Silverthorne, I was ready to hike the short distance up the hill from the pass.
It was nice to get the high perspective view on an open A-Basin, I can see why it's so windy there now. From the lack of snow on many of the ridges and other 13ers around me, the hiking season could start early this year. But as a skier, I don't want that to happen!!!From the ridge, you can also see Keystone and Breckenridge in the distance.
I had hoped for clearer skies for the views of Torreys, and other peaks, but a hike is still good in "winter". After resting a short while, refueling and snapping some photos, I was heading down. Then it was a short drive over to Keystone, for a costume change and some skiing! Yay!
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