Emerald Mountain – 13,904 ft.
Date: May 24, 2013
Team: Dav, Ted, Christy, Scott Rinckenberger
Route: East Face
After skiing Ice Mountain and North Apostle, we decided to keep our RV camp on Clear Creek Road near Buena Vista for another night. We were parked right at the trailhead for Emerald Peak, 13,904 ft., another Colorado Centennial on our list, so we didn’t have much reason not to hit that next. From what we knew of Emerald it seemed like it would be a bit of a slog and didn’t offer any interesting ski lines that we knew of, so we schemed up a way to spice up the day. We’d throw a fourteener in the mix.
Emerald Mountain is just 1.3 miles south of the fourteener Missouri Mountain, so we figured rather than just climb over Elkhead Pass twice in a day, maybe we should head home via the summit of Missouri. Both peaks delivered. Emerald actually had a few adventurous couloirs to ski and being surrounded by fourteeners, offered incredible views in every direction. Missouri’s north couloirs were in perfect corn condition for our second ski of the day and reminded us of how much this Sawatch peak has to offer.
Between the beautiful morning hike up in the valley and the epic spring skiing, we came back to the RV super-psyched to have checked Emerald off in style. Now we’re headed down to the Sangres to see what we’ll find.