Ascent of Pfeifferhorn on 1999-06-26

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Daniel Dolan
Matt Dolan
Kevin Dolan
Don Tetzloff
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, June 26, 1999
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:11326 ft / 3452 m

Ascent Trip Report

Did this one with Matt, Dan, Don T, and Kevin. We took the Maybird Gulch trail up into Maybird Gulch and then headed due south to the east ridge of Pfeifferhorn, reaching the ridge at the base of the summit pyramid. A quick ascent of the summit pyramid put us on top. On the way down Matt re-climbed the north-facing headwall of Maybird Gulch to slide down it again. Dan headed for Hogum Divide and I just relaxed at Maybird Lakes. We ended up missing the bridge back across the stream to re-connect with the Red Pine Trail because we lost the Maybird trail due to snow. We of course headed downhill looking for it and realized after 15 minutes or so that we were too low. We came to an overlook where Maybird's outlet stream starts to drop off into waterfalls and descend rapidly. Looking across the terrain from here to the Red Pine TH, it was all bushy - no way we were doing that. The stream was too big to jump across and too fast-moving and deep to wade across, so we found a big (slippery) log across it and scooted across on our butts and hands, tossing our packs across as well. From here, I knew if we headed directly uphill, we would find the Red Pine Trail. About halfway to the trail, we found a fire ring too far from the trail to be of practical use, and it looked very old. After about 15 minutes or so, we reached the Red Pine Trail and had an uneventful hike down.

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Pfeifferhorn as seen from Maybird Gulch (1999-06-26). Photo by James Barlow.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3622 ft / 1103 m
    Route:Maybird Gulch
    Trailhead:7704 ft / 2348 m
    Quality:10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe

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