Snow and Scramble up Birthday Peak

Peak SummitedBirthday Peak
TrailheadKroenke Lake Trailhead

My third peak in three days. This trail started way back on the Kroenke Lake Trail, then split off with some off trail navigation up towards the peak. It was pretty easily followed with a map (and I had GaiaGPS with offline maps, too). There was some snow, but nothing that required traction devices.

I ran across one person on his way back down from the summit, and a second person on the ridgeline just below the final scramble to the top. That scramble was exactly that, boulder scrambling the final 1/4 mile or so to a grassy knoll of a summit.

There was a summit register placed in 2013, and only about a dozen entries in it.

When I got back down I went into Buena Vista for lunch and stopped at The Trailhead (a great locally-run outdoor gear store). Talking to one of the employees, he said “most people” stick to the Kroenke Lake trail all the way up to the pass, then follow the ridge-line to Birthday Peak. Easier to navigate, but also adds some mileage.

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