Rio Grande Pyramid
Posted by: krazykatzen
N 37° 40.771 W 107° 23.559
13S E 289005 N 4172951
Quick Description: A class II jaunt up a mountain in the Weminuche Wilderness. There are excellent views to the west of Windom, Sunlight, The Guardian and other imposing peaks. Interesting perspective of the Window formation to the south, and nice vistas to the north and east.
Location: Colorado, United States
Date Posted: 10/2/2006 9:21:54 PM
Waymark Code: WMT3Z
The easiest approach is coming from the trailhead at the campgrounds below Rio Grande Dam. After crossing the continental divide, look for the Rincon la Vaca trail heading west. We found this trail marker shortly after a stream crossing.
The Rincon la Vaca trail begins a steep climb to the base of an escarpment along the ridge. From there, the trail is mostly level until reaching the base of the pyramid. A steep and crappy trail leads straight up to a saddle. I actually preferred hiking on the rock slide adajcent to the trail, since I felt like I had better traction and didnt contribute to erosion. However, you can injure yourself on rocks, so use your own judgement. (Ideally, a switchback route will be made and repairs to the erosion scar that has formed)
From the saddle, the trail is trickier to follow, but there is an easy scramble up the north-east face. We came down on the south east face and the rocks seemed much more unstable... even large rocks were a light scoria that would shift. Use caution, and don't stray too far south where cliffs lie.
There is a registry at the summit. The view is spectacular and true wilderness in that no roads or structures can be seen from the summit.
Altitude in Feet: 13821
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