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PETTINGELL PEAK - 13,553' Moderate to Intermediate+

This is a great hike and the flowers up to Herman Lake are comparable to any place in Colorado when they're in full bloom. The trail head is at about 10,300' and there are 2 parts to this hike. The 1st part is up to Herman Lake which is about[masked] miles and at about 12,000' with a great trail - 1700' elevation gain in 4 miles and I would consider this an easy hike. The 2nd part is a little harder which I would consider intermediate or above. It's about 1 mile and 1500' elevation gain with no trail. We'll be taking a route starting at the north end of the lake, catching the shelf and heading west to the saddle and then northeast to the summit. With the late posting and giving the oppurtunity for an easier hike if you'd like, I'm letting a large number join in if they'd like. Please note that my plan is to summit Pettingell. If you're just going to Herman Lake I won't be hanging out but the 1st part is easy and very straight forward, but 8 miles round trip. Please indicate in your RSVP if you plan on going to Herman Lake or summit Pettingell.

Suggest the "Ales" part of the hike at the Buffalo Restaurant in Idaho Springs. They serve the Tommy Knocker brands along with other micros and the mass brewed stuff, but I'm flexible.

We'll meet at the Wooley Monmouth parking area at 5:45am and leave at 6am. The trail head is up I-70 to exit 218, 3 miles before the Eisenhower Tunnel, 2-3 miles past the Bakerville exit. I hope to be on the trail by 7am. There is a pit toilet at the trail head. Please read the links below for more info.

Steve (2 left ft)

http://www.13ers.com/peaks/peak.php?peakkey=2160&peak=Pettingell+Peak

http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=11180

 

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    With the rain threat and ACL surgery in March, it is best not to do this hike anymore. Sorry!

    July 26, 2013

  • Steve

    Revised forecast - 60% chance of rain after 12 noon. I'll make a final decision to hike Pettingell as planned or Columbia at about 10pm tonight when I get home from the Rockies game.

    July 26, 2013

  • Steve

    Hey guys, the weather forecast isn't real favorable. 60% chance of rain after 9am. This will be my 3rd attempt at Pettingell and I'm open suggestions. Other peaks I checked in the front range have similar forecasts. I have hiked with similar forecast in the past and been fine a couple times and turned back a few times. I have 2-14ers in the Sawatch range left to bag. Columbia has a forecast of rain after 2pm. If we decide to hike Columbia we should consider a slightly earlier start. Please let me know what you think. Steve

    July 26, 2013

    • Mike P

      Steve - Saw the same thing in forecast & it doesn't bode well if the probabilities of rain are that great that early in the morn. Think I'll bail on this one and shoot for a better day.

      July 26, 2013

    • Steve

      Hey Mike, We're considering a hike in the Sawatch range with a lot more favorable weather conditions (Columbia). Let me know if you're interested.

      July 26, 2013

  • Tom

    I need to use the day to check out a couple apartments as they look good.

    July 26, 2013

  • Tom

    I need to check out a couple apartments as they look nice.

    July 26, 2013

  • Brendan G.

    Sorry I double booked myself so I'm going to have to back out of this one.

    July 26, 2013

  • Tom

    Steve,
    Would you compare the 2nd part of the ascent from the lake to last week's hike to Whale Peak? Terrain, gradient.

    July 25, 2013

    • Steve

      Hey Tom. I think there's a little more elevation gain in about the same distance (1500' vs. 1000' at Whale). But Whale didn't have much elevation gain until after 1/4 mile or further. Pettingell is very steep right at the lake and gets a little less at the saddle. Should be fun and put a little drain on the quads. Steve

      July 25, 2013

    • Tom

      Thanks Steve.

      July 25, 2013

  • Mike P

    Coming from Winter Park, so will meet at trailhead.

    July 23, 2013

    • Steve

      Sounds great.

      July 24, 2013

  • Brendan G.

    I would be up for both.

    July 23, 2013

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