Engelmann Peak – 13,362 and Robeson Peak – 13,140

RT Length:  6.65 miles

Elevation Gain:  3448’

I started from the Ruby Gulch Trailhead at 6am. 

I headed south along the road, and turned left at the danger sign (visible from the parking area)

I followed this closed 4WD road for just under a mile.

At 10835’ I left the trail, to follow this drainage east. There was a small cairn on the left, indicating the entry point from the road

You could probably follow the drainage all the way to treeline, but I only followed it for a quarter mile or so, and then I gained the ridge to the left.

Once on the ridge, I followed it northeast to treeline

Once at treeline, the route was obvious.  I just followed the tundra towards the summit.

The tundra eventually gave way to rocks.  I hiked up and over them (class 2)

And could then see the summit.  There was even a trail for some of this part of the hike.  This was all very straightforward, class 2, and easy to navigate.

I summited Engelmann Peak at 8:20am

Engelmann Peak:

From Engelmann I could see Robeson, Bard, and Parnassus to the south

I’d already summited Bard and Parnassus, but wanted to get in unranked Robeson just to finish out the group, so I headed south. 

The entire route to Robeson was on tundra.  I lost 560’ of elevation, then gained 345’ to the summit.

There was nothing remarkable about the summit. I summited Robeson Peak at 11am

Robeson Peak:

Now to head back.  I retraced my steps northeast to the Engelmann/Robeson saddle

When I got to the saddle I turned left, put on my microspikes, and headed west down the drainage. The drainage goes class 2 all the way down, but I’m sure during a lot of the year there’s snow to contend with. 

At treeline the gully became narrow, and a small stream formed, but it was still easy to follow the drainage

Eventually I came to a dirt road, and took that road west towards the road I took in

I took that road north back to my truck

I made it back to my truck at 11am, making this a 6.65 mile hike with 3448’ of elevation gain in 5 hours.

On to the next trailhead!

Author: Laura M Clark

Mom, Solo Colorado 14er Finisher, Outdoor Enthusiast, Traveler, and Girl Scout Leader with an MBA in International Business and Marketing. I value adventure, growth, courage, wisdom, integrity, accountability, and family. I enjoy yoga, wine, whiskey, traveling, reading, and the outdoors. I strive to be the person who inspires and motivates myself and others to succeed.

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