Date Posted:  06/11/2018
Date Climbed:   06/10/2018
Author:  jibler
 Stillwaters don't run deep - a tale of errors   

OK - so I had planned on a casual early season opening weekend on Stillwater Pass NW of Granby. Has access to a 10k, 11k and 12k peaks (Porphyry, Gravel and Cascade respectively).

Was going to be very easygoing. Was planning on reading a book after relatively simple hikes. [ I had had very hot hike last June in Tarryall Mtns - was hoping to not have that happen again and I was 100 miles north and 2000 ft higher so seemingly that would not be an issue. ]

Very hot. hot hot.

Plus stillwater pass is closed to vehicles. Coming in from north - game plan had to change and fast. But seemingly all the plans were still well within reach.

Bottom line - treeline never reached. Two days - 18+ miles of busting ass. But the glimpses i saw of the surrounding terrain made me think my general instincts were correct and executed right this could have been better.

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Orange day one - red day two. Launching from Lost lake trailhead for both.

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screw the "wolverine bypass" - these woods are very dense. bushwhacking in that heat was very unappealing and i wasn't quite sure where I was going anyway. circled the crucial error section there -- but honestly - there was no trail at that point. no sign (had been many signs lower down too) yellow is my lost wandering. people could get in trouble on this ridge if they really lost their bearings. I call poor mgmt up there.

these are very overgrown forests throughout. i did zero bushwhacking all weekend.

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OK - second chapter of the saga. I hiked to lost lake later on after the failed attempt on wolverine bypass - so the only thing left to do at all the next morn was hit gravel mtn going up stillwater pass.

however missed the now apparently crucial turnoff. I kept going down that gravel mtn road looking for thinning trees to bushwhack towards summit - but if I had followed the orange line back up that road and then plowed up that hill - could have hit it right.

Diagnosis - had relied on google earth analysis too much. Assumed bushwhacking would be easier and more obvious. and assumed trails would be marked pretty well. I never said I was a Boy Scout. I can follow a trail but come on.

Area was fairly wild and deep. Saw several moose. Stars at night were bright.

oh and also they didn't indicate at the entrance to the pass that it was closed. that seemed really dumb. and a potential deathtrap back there if a fire broke out....

but overall - someone someday could have a better go of it i guess.

P.S. - here are links to above if you want to focus in:

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