Pico Aislado  
Condition Updates  
Route: from Saddle with Point 13,020
Posted On: 2021-09-18, By: ScottLovesRMNP
Info: It's beyond me why this isn't the standard route on Pico. It is Class 2 (maybe Class 2+ on the final 0.1 on the summit ridge) and, aside from the long slog over from the Tijeras/Music saddle to the 13,020/Pico saddle, there is nothing sketchy about it. It completely avoids the Milwaukee-Pico ridge that has been the source of a fatality this season and is a beautiful route through a forgotten basin. One can follow a few game trails here and there to save a little time getting over to the 13,020/Pico saddle. From the saddle, head up the obvious gully on the south slopes of Pico. On the left side of that gully, there is stable rock and even grass until very nearly to the top of the gully. At the top, Pico's summit comes into view and you traverse on fairly good terrain for a short distance to the summit. Return to the saddle the same way you came. I was pretty spent by the time I did this, as I'd already gone to Milwaukee Peak view the southwest slopes route. Prior to returning back over Tijeras/Music saddle to Lower Sand Creek Lake, I wanted to get my full money's worth and clean out these 13ers, so I went ahead and did Pico Aislado too. Glad I did, and I was pleasantly surprised how nice this route was! However, do save a bit of energy to climb back up and over the Tijeras/Music saddle if that's where you came from -- it's 1,000 vertical feet of climbing, about half of that on very steep grass as you approach the saddle. 
Route: Via Milwaukee
Posted On: 2021-07-30, By: tdawg012
Info: Sobering thinking of the hiker who fell off this only two months ago. No snow, clear day. There appear to be various (challenging) ways up on the south face. I could have traversed further west before going up but got lazy. After what felt like climbing a vertical ladder for 200ish feet, my route put me on ridge about 100ft east of the summit. Exposed class 4, would be spooky if wet.. 
Route: From Milwaukee
Posted On: 2020-06-22, By: Shattuck311
Info: Summer conditions 
Route: From Milwaukee Peak
Posted On: 2020-06-20, By: Mtnman200
Info: Summer conditions; what little snow there is can easily be avoided. 
Route: Milwaukee->Pico Aislado->13020 A from Sand Lakes
Posted On: 2019-09-13, By: JasonKline
Info: Dry for now, but that might not last long. The descent north from 13020 A is steep, loose talus. 
Route: From Cottonwood
Posted On: 2018-05-11, By: illusion7il
Info: No snow till treeline, then a few drifts and crossings. Followed ridge proper to Milwaukee which also had very little snow. The descent off Milwaukee to the pass was difficult as the easier routes were blocked by loose sugary snow. 
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