Mount Irving Hale

Estes Park, Colorado

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Mount Irving Hale is not as high as most mountains in this guide; it is however, fortuitously located for superb views. From the Irving Hale Divide (see Hike 35), Mount Irving Hale is an easy ascent south on a pathless tundra ridge avoiding a cliff drop to Hell Canyon. Two large piles of rock (cairns) are visible atop the double summit of Irving Hale that from below resemble two climbers looking over the canyon. Blocking boulders precede a false summit. The true top is not large, but the views repay all effort getting there. Huge Lake Granby extends through Middle Park toward the Gore Range defining the western horizon. The ragged spine of Indian Peaks, accented by Mount Toll and Paiute Peak, rises on the southeast.
Best Hikes Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness

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Best Hikes Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness

by Kent Dannen (Falcon Guides)

Mount Irving Hale is not as high as most mountains in this guide; it is however, fortuitously located for superb views.
From the Irving Hale Divide (see Hike 35), Mount Irving Hale is an easy ascent south on a pathless tundra ridge avoiding a cliff drop to Hell Canyon. Two large piles of rock (cairns) are visible atop the double summit of Irving Hale that from
below resemble two climbers looking over the canyon. Blocking boulders precede a false summit.

The true top is not large, but the views repay all effort getting there. Huge Lake Granby extends through Middle Park toward the Gore Range defining the western horizon. The ragged spine of Indian Peaks, accented by Mount Toll and Paiute Peak, rises on the southeast.

© 2017 Kent Dannen/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Estes Park
Distance: 11.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 8 hours
Season: Summer
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: USDA Forest Service, Sulphur Ranger District, PO Box 10, 9 Ten Mile Dr., Granby CO 80446; (970) 877-4100, fs.usda.gov/arp
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated Indian Peaks Gold Hill; USGS Shadow Mountain, Isolation Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Irving Hale

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