Up was the theme of the day, and in about four hours, we were atop Mummy Mountain, 13425 feet.
Hagues Peak. You will loose some elevation and get back into the high 12000's before coming back up above 13000 feet. Last time I was here, I saw an SAR helicopter land in the saddle between Mummy and Hagues.
this source, is the third highest named lake in the US. However, the first highest lake listed is referred to as "subterranean", I can't find it on a topo, can't find a single photo of it online, and the only reference I can find is that site itself and others which reference it.
Anyway, I found it kind of funny to be sitting at a lake and knowing your next peak is at 13420 feet, and seeing there is only a few hundred feet of elevation gain needed to get to it. Normally that is quite different. It is higher than all but 25 or so peaks in the park.
We picked a path up the talus between Rowe Peak and Gibraltar Mountain, and then set out west.
from below, it looks like a beautiful peak.
spent in this drainage.
Dundicking, Mount Dickinson.
Hagues Peak (13560) is the fourth highest ranked peak in the park. This marks my second visit of the year.
We had some troubles at first getting down Hagues Peak to The Saddle. I thought I remembered it being third class, and 13ers.com has this route as fourth class, while Fosters book gives it second. It got too hard quick, so we back tracked. I'd say the easiest way is to head from the summit back towards Mummy Mountain for a very short distance- maybe 100 feet or so. Then look south. You should see a relatively sane looking talus decline that stays on or slightly east of the actual ridge line. We started a little farther in from this and I'd say there was a few sections of third class, but most of the descent down is second. I think this is another case of "by the path of least resistance" because it could be up to fourth class if you wanted it to be. Pick the route that you like, but stay on the east side of the ridge.
Over the day we'd talked about the possibility of adding on Fairchild Mountain. I felt pretty good as we headed up to Hagues from Rowe Lake so I said I was game. Dan agreed.
I felt great going up Hagues, but things fell apart here. I was dragging, felt slight nausea, headache, had to stop somewhat frequently to rest. This after being fine all day. But I guess a day at altitude was catching up to me. I probably would have turned back if not for Dan leading the way. I should've turned back.
Chiquita Mountains east ridge.
Crystal Lakes. It was much easier going when there wasn't waist deep snow to contend with.
We set a pretty high pace on the way down, and stopped only one time for a break to pump some water and eat. We got back to the car shortly after seven. A fourteen hour plus day. No wonder I felt tired!
The drive back down was uneventful- fortunately we left early enough to miss the construction on the way up and were out long enough to miss it on the way back as well, and we got stuck in very little Elk related traffic in and around RMNP. At home I stayed up too late and woke up too early the next day. My legs certainly felt it for a few days afterward!
Dan and I talked on the way down. Of interest was that we saw several people had signed registers as "Mummy Kill", a hike which hits all of the peaks we did plus Chapin, Chiquita, and Ypsilon and less Little No Name, Middle No Name, Gibraltar, and possibly the Rowes. The normal starting point is Chapin Pass, yet with Old Fall River Road closed, we wondered if people were starting from the Alpine Visitor Center and hiking down the road to the trail head. The normal finishing point is Lawn Lake trail head, where a second car is left or a ride is hitched up.
I know we'd talked about doing this hike in the past. The distance of it looks to be around 18 miles with 5100ish feet of gain. But after this day....
In the end we estimated around 24ish miles with 8400ish feet of elevation gain. A little bit harder than the standard Mummy Kill route. This day set a personal duration record (14+ hours), a elevation gain record (almost 2000 feet more than my previous best), and is very much in contention for longest distance, tying our journey into the North Fork Basin last summer. In short, it makes for a very difficult but rewarding day. At least once you get back to 12000 feet and appreciate it!
The high peaks of the Mummy Range (distances via Caltopo as a part of this hike, not individually from the th):
Mummy Mountain, 13425 feet: 7 miles one way, 4885 foot gain. Second class. Strenuous.
Rowe Lake/Rowe Glacier Lake, 13100 feet: 8.4 miles one way, 4660 foot gain. Second class. Strenuous.
Rowe Peak, 13420 feet: 8.8 miles one way, 4880 foot gain. Second class. Strenuous.
Rowe Mountain, 13184 feet: 9.3 miles one way, 4644 foot gain. Second class. Strenuous.
Little No Name, 12530 feet: 10.5 miles one way, 3990 foot gain. Second class. Strenuous.
Middle No Name, 12760 feet: 11 miles one way, 4220 foot gain. Second class. Strenuous.
Gibraltar Mountain, 13300 feet: 11.75 miles one way, 4760 foot gain. Second class. Strenuous.
Hagues Peak, 13560 feet: 12.6 miles one way, 5020 foot gain. Second class. Strenuous.
The Saddle, 12398 feet: 13.3 miles one way, 3858 foot gain. Second class. Strenuous.
Fairchild Mountain, 13502 feet: 14.25 miles one way, 4962 foot gain. Second class. Strenuous.
As a whole, expect to cover 24ish miles with 8400+ feet of gross elevation gain. Third class between Hagues and The Saddle. Strenuous+.