A classic climb of one of Colorado's most difficult centennial peaks followed by more fun scrambling to two less popular summits
Dominic scrambling up blocky granite on Jagged Mountain.
Dominic stops for a breather on the way up Jagged Mountain's north face. The initial part of the route follows along the right side of the obvious couloir seen in the background.
The small notch described in Roach & Roach. Dominic sits and studies the route description to make sure we stay on track. The gully below him holds snow well into the summer, but enough had melted that we were able to just barely avoid it on our visit.
Dominic scrambling up grassy ledges on the north face of Jagged Mountain.
Jagged Mountain has plenty of steep rock. The route to the summit takes a complicated path to keep most of the climbing 3rd and 4th class.
Us on the summit of Jagged Mountain five days after getting married. Arrow and Vestal Peaks are striking in the distance.
Dominic on the south side of Jagged Mountain, traversing back toward the notch used to access the north side where the majority of the route is located. The exposure is serious.
Dominic downclimbing the 3rd class chimney below the sunmmit. We thought it was a bit stiff for 3rd class and noticed a rappel anchor near the top of it.
Dominic rappelling the short 5.0 - 5.2 crux.
Jagged Mountain seemed to have an unusually large population of marmots. One followed us for a large part of the descent until I felt bad and gave it what it wanted...
Leviathan Peak and Vallecito Mountain as seen from the north slopes of Jagged Mountain.
Jagged Mountain as seen on the ascent of Leviathan Peak.
Dominic on Leviathan Peak's southwest ridge.
Typical terrain on Leviathan Peak's southwest ridge.
Dominic scoping out Leviathan Peak's southeast ridge. We've just rappelled a steep step below the summit and are seeing if we should pull the rope and continue on or not. The ridge ended up being a very enjoyable 3rd and 4th class scramble on interesting slabby terrain. Vallecito Mountain can be seen in the background.
Dominic descending Leviathan Peak's southeast ridge.
Sunlight Peak and Windom Peak, both fourteeners, as seen from Vallecito Mountain. Sunlight Lake is in the foreground.
Jagged Mountain as seen on the descent of Vallecito Mountain.
Leviathan Peak as seen on the descent of Vallecito Mountain's west ridge.