Peak(s):  Mt. Warren  -  13,307 feet
Rogers Peak  -  13,391 feet
Date Posted:  07/05/2021
Date Climbed:   07/03/2021
Author:  daway8
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 Warren/Rogers Loop: Echo-Chicago-Summit-Ridge to road   

This will be a briefer trip report than some - just highlighting an alternate way to do these two really easy 13ers which turns them into an excellent conditioning hike.

Route: Followed Mount Evans - West Ridge from Echo Lake route up to Summit Lake, then turned and went over Warren/Rogers, down along the ridgetop, across the road and along the Mt. Goliath trail then down the remaining portion of the Mount Evans road to Echo Lake.

Mileage: ~14mi

Gain: ~4k

Time: 8h, 40min (pushed hard going up; very relaxed pace going down)

Difficulty: Class 2 with a small smattering of optional class 3 going up to Warren.

Route verdict: overall a very good route except needing to walk along the road (sometimes not much shoulder) for the last few miles. Might have bushwhacked a shortcut from Goliath if I had it to do over...

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Looking back down on the route up through the valley past Chicago Lakes


Motivation

I needed a hike I could knock out on a day with a high chance of afternoon thunderstorms; wanted to get some 13ers I hadn't done before; wanted to make it a conditioning hike for multi-peak link-ups later this year, and wanted it to be a route with easy bail out options if the weather arrived early.

This fit the bill for all of that. I had done the Evans Echo route before and reached Summit Lake in 3 hours. Up to that point you can drop back into the valley and abort fairly safely if a storm came early. From Summit Lake it's less than 2 miles to get both 13ers (I could have just made a reservation for Summit Lake but that would have undermined the conditioning goal). Once on Rogers you can rapidly descend the ridge (basically all downhill) or drop straight to the road and make haste to shelter.

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An earlier view of the lakes.


I started early enough (around 2:30am) that no one else was on the Echo Lake route through the Chicago Lakes area, but plenty of folks up at Summit Lake already once I got there. The reservation system has the first slots available at 8am-10am but when I walked up at about 5:30am the lot was already close to full. Didn't bother to look if people had permits for the 8am slot and arrived early or if they were just taking their chances...

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Summit Lake lot already filling up by 5:30am.
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Looking the other way towards Warren.


Directions are easy - from Summit Lake look and see where all the masses are going then turn around and go the opposite way! I didn't encounter anyone after Summit Lake until I got back to the road.

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Going up Warren.
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Looking back at Summit Lake.
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Slightly different view - water level seems low...
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Approaching Warren with the rising sun behind.


You could easily do this entire route as a class 2 stroll (steepest section is coming up out of the valley for the ~1k climb up to Summit Lake but even that's class 2).

Alternately, if you're trying to get better conditioning anyways, stay left as you go up Warren and seek out all the little bits of class 3 scrambling that you can find if you look for it. If you really make an effort you might even pull a couple class 4 moves out of this section - but all of this is trivial to avoid if you prefer simple class 2.

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Example of some class 3 scrambling you can add in for fun if you like (or bypass at easy class 2).
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One more view back towards Evans/Summit Lake.
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Another look down at Chicago Lakes area - it's a very nice valley - better if you can hike it when the sun is out for the views...
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Rogers in view.


You're frequently in view of the road and there are abundant options to quickly drop down to the road if for whatever reason you wanted to.

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Heading to Rogers I diverted right behind those rocks for some shelter rom the colder than expected wind.
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East stroll over to Rogers.


The summit of Rogers has a fun little summit block - reminded me of the Snowmass summit block but a little smaller and easier to get up on, though about as small on top.

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Rogers has sort of a mini version of the Snowmass summit block - easier to get up on but still might rattle some...
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From there just stroll down the top of the ridge.


After Rogers, I could see any bad weather was still plenty far off so I just had fun strolling around on the ridge investigating anything interesting looking like the gap/crack between a couple huge rocks that was calling my name (see waypoint called The Crack). Had to take off my pack and carry it over my head to squeeze through it (just to see if I could!).

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Caught a glimpse of this; still no weather moving in - had to go try to get through.
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Take some creative gear adjustment to pass through.
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Looking back through the crack.


After that, there was one small hill in the way on the ridge which I could have easily walked around to avoid gaining any elevation but an odd rock formation caught my attention and I felt like exploring.

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Solid line is the easiest route; dotted line was the next distraction I followed for fun.
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Closer view - solid line for efficiency; dotted line for fun.


Turned out to be a funny little tilted table like structure about 6 or 7 feet high (labeled this The Table of Gratuitous Gain - since there's no reason at all to gain that elevation unless you're just getting some more conditioning in and having fun).

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The little rock formation that lured me near.
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Turned out to be a 6 or 7 foot high "table."


After that, just stay on the ridge top until it dunps onto the road.

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Just keep staying on top of the ridge.
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It gradually dumps you down to the road.
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Lots of little wildflowers around.
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Cross the road at the pull-off then follow the Mt. Goliath trail.


Then cross the road at the Upper Goliath Trailhead (there were a couple porta potties here) and follow that trail to stay off the road for a while. It's a mostly downhill stroll that starts just above treeline but soon has growing shade.

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Upper Goliath Trailhead - saves some walking on the road.
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The route.


The trail dumps you out at a small visitor center at a bend in the road. If not for the road switchbacks it wouldn't be too far from Echo Lake at this point. You might be able to bushwhack to cut down road switchback walking - that road isn't really made for pedestrians...

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Partway along the Goliath trail, looking back.
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At the building at the bottom of the Goliath trail.


There is some nice scenery along the way though.

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Some random scenery.
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Echo Lake.


My Times

2:21am start from Echo Lake

4:30am between the Chicago Lakes

5:22am At the Summit Lake warming hut to get out of the wind for a few minutes

5:36am onward

6:13am Warren summit

6:51am continue after long, relaxing break

7:38am standing on top of Rogers summit block

7:55am continue after soaking in the solitude some more

9:52am Goliath visitor center at lower Goliath trailhead (very slow stroll down with several distractions on the way - would be very easy to cover this MUCH faster)

11:01am back at the Jeep at Echo Lake (might have been able to save time with bushwhack to cut past road switchbacks (maybe...)


My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):




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Comments or Questions
Sbenfield
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Sweet
07/05/2021 19:30
Looks like a fine loop David. I‘ve made a mental note to use this route when I get around to these peaks!



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