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

Laura has summited over 500 peaks above 13,000' solo, including being the first woman to solo summit all of the Colorado 14ers, as well as the centennials. After each hike, she writes trip reports for each one and publishes them on her blog, which is read by fans all over the world. Author of Wild Wanderer: Summiting Colorado’s 200 Highest Peaks, which is available to purchase on Amazon.

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