Ascent of Mount Lamborn on 2019-07-11

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Others in Party:Mitch Stewart
Date:Thursday, July 11, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Mount Lamborn
    Elevation:11396 ft / 3473 m

Ascent Trip Report

The access road to Mount Lamborn is extremely rough and I was sure glad my brother, Mitch, was driving me up in his jeep. It is possible to get quite a ways up this road in a passenger car, but it better not be a new car! This access road begins at the entrance to the McCluskey State Wildlife Area. The elevation at the trailhead was 7246, so this climb is over 4000 vertical feet and the air mile distance to the summit is only 2.18 miles from here, so be prepared for some steep trail climbing. My brother started really dragging early in the climb and he encouraged me to go ahead. As a result Mitch missed having summit success, but he got high enough to enjoy some great scenic views. After Mitch and I separated I picked up the pace significantly and later I hiked through a huge grove of giant Aspen trees. They were dense and very tall with big diameter trunks. At an elevation of 9340 feet after hiking for 2 1/3 hours, I reached a major trail junction where I turned left. After a saddle the trail became a maze of unmaintained routes and it started to be a fairly steep climb. I sure wish I had brought my ski poles for the descent later. Forty minutes later I reached a point where the summit trail was hidden in some bushes, but someone had laid out several logs pointing in the direction of the summit with the trail on the other side of the bushes. I finally reached the summit after 4.5 hours of climbing with a stop to sign the summit register located in one of the largest register tubes I had ever seen. It was a large heavy metal tube and attached with a substantial chain. The register book was filled with many names and someone had already visited the summit before me today, but I did not see anyone on my ascent. There was some easy Class 3 climbing right at the summit to reach the highest point on the rock outcrop and the view from the airy spot was excellent in all directions. For me it was scary to stand on the summit block with a several hundred foot drop off on two sides. I left the summit after spending 1 hour there enjoying the view and eating lunch. I met my brother on the way down, who got much higher than I thought he would, and I reached the trailhead in a little over 3 hours. We started driving down the access road at 5:07 PM and we didn't reach a good road again until 6:02 PM. This is a distance of only 3 miles, which means a strong hiker could have beat us, but it was nice not to have to walk that 4-wheel drive road.
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    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford, Scramble

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