Route: East Ridge Via Columbine Lake Trail
Posted On: 2021-07-31, By: supranihilest
Info: I parked at Burro Bridge instead of driving all the way to the trailhead. The road to the trailhead is single lane with few places to turn around and there's only room for a handful of cars at the trailhead, so walking the extra 0.9 miles and 400 or so vert might be prudent. Take the trail into the upper basin (so up all the switchbacks and then around a large C-shaped section of trail) and before reaching Columbine Lake you'll see 13,159 rising up to your left. There will be a saddle between the obvious summit on the right and a large, rocky block on the left; you bypassed this block on the C-shaped trail section. Head up to this saddle on tundra, talus, and scree, then scramble along the ridge to the summit at Class 2+. The rock on the ridge is loose but the scrambling easy and not too exposed. I descended the way I came up back to the trail but it appeared the west ridge is easy as well.