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Date Saturday  7/6/2013
End Date Saturday  7/6/2013
Group Fort Collins
Event Title Mt. Alice, Pilot Mtn. and Tanima Pk
Start Time 3:00 AM
Status Approved
Leader Tom Chapel
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants 10
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Classification Difficult D
Trail Mileage 20
Elevation Gain 5000
Driving Distance 100


Wild Basin, RMNP

For more info Contact

Tom Chapel


This is a long and stunningly beautiful hike and scramble to 3 peaks in the Wild Basin area of  Rocky Mountain National Park.The trip is designed as a "leaders only" hike, intended to provide preference in the following order: Fort Collins Group leaders, other Group leaders, and then general members. All participants must register directly with the leader, Tom Chapel, at:

 The route is estimated at 18 to 20 miles and about 5,000' vertical. We'll hike through Wild Basin on the Thunder Lake Trail to Lion Lakes, keeping a steady, moderate pace with occasional short breaks. The views from Lion Lakes and Snowbank Lake are some of my favorites in all of RMNP! We may pause for a longer break in this wonderful spot.From Snowbank Lake, weather permitting, we'll cross boulders and slabby shelves to gain the broad ridge leading to the saddle between Chiefs Head and Mt. Alice. As we work our way up the tundra covered slope, we'll have views of the magnificent east face of Mt. Alice, and a preview of our route up the hourglass ridge. If conditions are not favorable for Mt. Alice (13,310'), we could choose to descend to the adjacent drainage and attempt Pilot Mtn and Tanima Peak from below.

At the saddle we'll don our helmets and possibly swap our trekking poles for an ice ax and micro spikes, depending on the extent and condition of lingering snowfields. The route up hourglass ridge is a series of grassy ledges, rated class 2+.After enjoying the views from the summit of Mt. Alice, we'll descend along the continental divide and find a route to the class 4 ascent up Pilot Mountain. If the weather is good and the winds cooperate, some of the group may wish to wait at this location, enjoying the views while others proceed to our secondary objective. From the summit of Pilot Mtn, we'll return to the continental divide and continue our hike southwesterly past Boulder Grand Pass (an exit route if weather deteriorates) and on to Tanima Peak. From Tanima we'll hike down the east ridge, descend to Thunder Lake, and rejoin the trail for the 6 mile hike back to the trailhead.

This will be a lengthy but rewarding effort. Participants should be acclimated, trained, and prepared to spend 15 hours or more at altitude under potentially widely variable conditions. Terrain will vary from a maintained trail to scree, boulder hopping, scrambling, and snow travel. Logistical details will be sent to the final group a week or so before the trip.