Sarah and I climbed Rio Grande Pyramid from the Rio Grande Reservoir trailhead, which we had left at 5:30 A.M. With close to 19-miles round trip, this route demands an early start.
The early morning alpenglow fills the valley along the trail. This valley is the headwaters of the Rio Grande.
Nina and Sarah making their way along the trail
looking down on the Rio Grande headwaters
Rio Grande Pyramid and The Window come into view for the first time.
Nina and Sarah stopping for a much deserved break
Though our objective is getting closer, we still have a lot of vertical to tackle.
looking back on the terrain we've covered
Nina picking her way through the talus onto the bench below the final summit pyramid
Sarah and Nina trying to find their ways through the loose talus
Sarah and Nina taking their final few steps onto the summit with the Rio Grande headwaters in the distant valley below
From the summit we were rewarded with stunning views of the rest of the San Juan Range.
Windom, Sunlight Spire, Sunlight, Eolus, North Eolus, Turret, Pigeon, Jagged, the three Trinities, Vestal, and Arrow (L to R), to name a few!!!
Windom, Sunlight Spire, Sunlight, Eolus, and North Eolus (L to R)
North Eolus, Turret, Pigeon, and Jagged (L to R)
Silex, Storm King, the Trinities, Vestal, and Arrow (L to R)
In the opposite direction, yet more of the San Juans lie in the distance.
Sneffels, Handies, Wetterhorn, Matterhorn, Uncompahgre, Redcloud, and Sunshine (L to R)
Sneffels towering over the northern horizon
Wetterhorn, Matterhorn, and Uncompahgre (L to R)
Uncompahgre, Redcloud, and Sunshine (L to R)
looking back down the valley we had ascended
the summit pyramid towering over a very tiny Sarah
Out of nowhere the entire Trugman family arrived at the trailhead at 5:00 A.M. just as Sarah and I were readying to go. What are the odds?!!! Here, we encounter Daniel and Anna on our way back down from the summit. Daniel was convinced he could see the summit off to the right, and Anna thought she spied it to the left. Luckily, Sarah and I were there to point to the correct summit which actually lay BEHIND them!
With over ten miles already under their belts, Sarah and Nina attack the many remaining miles between them and the cold beers waiting at the car.
After many miles our tired legs are excited to catch the first glimpse of the Rio Grande Reservoir, where the car is parked. We finally made it back at 1:00 P.M., making for a very long, tiring 7.5-hours.