Ascent of Mount Meeker on 2017-09-07

Climber: Mike Wright

Others in Party:Tom
Date:Thursday, September 7, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Meeker
    Elevation:13911 ft / 4240 m

Ascent Trip Report

Great weather day predicted for today. Storms after 3pm. Plenty of time for the Loft route up mount meeker. Left the PA at 630 delayed 45 min by a road closure on the way up. Parked at the Longs peak PA. Started up the trail easy enough but this day would round out at 10+ miles and 4500 ish ft of gain. The trail up to the Loft starts by the split for the Keyhole route and follows up past Chasm lake. As you round the "corner" of the ships prow the remainder of the route up towards the Loft can be seen but not believed. All the trip reports say "it goes and there's a trail up that thing". Ok so onward and upward. The hiking isn't bad, a mix of soft scree and talus to walk on but for the most part there's a route to follow. The trail doesn't matter that much down low but as you get higher in the large gully there are cairns to lead the way. At times pushing you right or left or just scramble up the slabs. We discovered that staying climbers right led to the ramp but don't cross the water, that's too far right. We chose to use the slabs up the middle then a short scramble to reach the ramp. But don't be dupped, there is a lower 'ramp' imposter that heads off on the same angle but looks treacherous and rocky. Keep climbing to find the proper ramp. You'll know it when you see it. It's at least 10ft wide and easy to walk upon without any scrambling. We spotted 2 climbers that had been dupped into the lower ramp and themir down climb from it was not trivial. At the top of the ramp there's a 'v' notch on the right which is easy to climb with a few easy moves. This puts you below the Loft. Cairns are numerous here and following them brings you to the Loft. We then followed a scree trail up a gully type thing to the right of the ridge. It was pretty well used and clear to follow. At the top of this trail we turned left and ascended to the ridge sort-of and found the top not far off. We scrambled over the ridge with some exposure to the summit proper and took a break. The views all up and down this trail are amazing. The good weather window allowed for time to enjoy the massive walls and mountains in the area including the massive Longs peak. The descent was easy, but retracing the way down from the Loft had me a little confused but just following the cairns eventually lead back to the v notch. Everything seems easier on the down climb. We took several breaks on the way down to admire the fantastic walls, towers, buttresses and huge gullys in the area. Eventually returning to Chasm lake where we admired the awesome view of the diamond.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hazy smoke from wild fires then late clouds and some rain

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