Endorsed by Curators:
Mt Wilson - North Slopes - (14,246')
Distance: 11 miles
Starting Elevation: 10,400'
Plan: We'll meet at the Rock of Ages trailhead on SaturdaySeptember 16th at 4:45am and leave no later than 5:00am. This could allow us to climb Wilson Peak as well, but a separate hike for Wilson Peak will also be scheduled for the following day.
Difficulty: Class 4 with significant exposure at the summit. Due to the risk of rockfall a helmet is required.
Route Info: An excellent route description along with links to the photos can be found at the sites below. Please review the routes before the trip.
Rock of Ages Approach:
Directions to Trailhead from 14ers.com:
From Ridgway, leave U.S. 550 and take Colorado 62 toward Telluride. Drive over Dallas Divide and down to Placerville and turn left onto Colorado 145. Drive 6.5 miles and turn right onto the Silver Pick road (dirt). It's over 8 miles from here to the trailhead. Drive 4 miles to an intersection and turn right onto FR 622. Continue 2.2 miles, turn right onto FR 645 and drive approx. 2 miles to the Rock of Ages trailhead, near 10,350'. Notes: After 1 mile on the FR 645 road, you must cross the stream in Big Bear Creek which usually isn't too bad by early July. Also, there are some designated camp sites along this road.
Bring a helmet, headlamp, waterproof jacket, enough layers to keep warm, sunscreen, enough food, and plenty of water. It is also highly recommended that you bring the ten essentials. The complete list can be found at http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html
By attending this hike you assume all responsibility for your own safety and agree that the event host, organizer, the 14er Fan Club, and Meetup are in no way liable in the event of your injury or death. Mountaineering in Colorado can be very dangerous and many people have died on the 14ers. Weather, terrain and other people can put you in a situation where your knowledge and experience will be vital. If you are new to these peaks, I urge you to pick up a book on mountaineering safety and make sure your basic navigation skills (map+compass, not only GPS) are up-to-par and you can rely on them in a tough situation. Altitude sickness, dehydration, and fast-building storms are the most common problems. Please be in shape and self-sufficient. Although this is a group activity you are responsible for yourself.