With all the snow that has fallen, access to the high country will be a challenge for a significant part of the summer. If you have useful updates to road, trail or peak access, please post on our Facebook page. "Like" our FB page to receive email notices of new updates posted. Be prepared & be safe out there!
A basic Class 2 hike on mostly tundra with the usual amount of rock & rubble thrown in for good measure, typical of the Sawatch Range. Our route approaches this summit from the west and begins on the Independence Pass highway, on the east side of the pass. Front Range hikers may want to consider a trailhead start up the Halfmoon Creek area where climbers often access peaks such as Massive or Oklahoma.
The North Fork Lake Creek TH we use for this peak has the advantages of 1. Easy access for passenger cars all on pavement versus a trailhead start up Halfmoon Creek that requires several miles of dirt road driving; and 2. Far fewer people and competition for campsites, etc. The disadvantage is greater hiking mileage. If you choose to access this peak from the Halfmoon Creek side out of Leadville, use Gerry Roach's directions for the Mt. Massive south trail access.