This is the goal: McHenrys Peak - as seen in Dave Cooper's excellent "Colorado Scrambles."
[His second edition has just come out.]
We'll have to start from the Bear Lake TH, as the Glacier Gorge TH is much smaller and typically full - adds less than 0.5 mile. .. The established campsite is in the Gorge, just above Glacier Creek and due east of Thatchtop summit.
Tuesday morning's stop to pick up reserved permit for the single Glacier Gorge campsite, which I was lucky to secure many months before.
Shot of Longs Pk (14,255) from the same ranger cabin parking lot.
The classic Keyhole slot is barely visible here as low point in ridge to right of peak.
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View from Visitor Center - Glacier Gorge runs horizonally just above center of image.
Longs Pk has the little green light bulb atop it. .. McHenrys is in vertical line running up from "s" in "runs" in first line here.
View down Glacier Gorge from Bear Lake TH parking lot.
Pagoda Mtn (13,497) left of lowest saddle with Chiefs Head Pk (13,579) to right.
View west to Hallett Pk (12,713).
We're heading left here - Alberta Falls coming up next.
One can take a shorter "climber's trail" that bypasses Alberta Falls (which I did on the return).
Amazing young volunteers from Iowa spending a week on trail maintenance.
Heading right now - to Mills Lake and beyond up Glacier Gorge.
I believe we're temporarily looking up Loch Vale here, with Taylor Pk in the back.
OK - final left turn now. .. I'll be camping midway between Mills & Black Lakes.
Mills Lake ahead; Longs Peak is prominent bump on left, Pagoda straight ahead - with Keyboard of the Winds ridge running between them.
Chiefs Head on right with Spearhead now starting to show below & left of it.
The tree roots aren't deep but they sure spread far out.
OK - time to cross Glacier Creek to my camp ...
... on this here little bridge (these folks were just checking it out - or lost).
The foundation was already laid!
Exploring up the gorge now - Arrowhead currently sticking up on right.
McHenrys coming into view just to left of Arrowhead.
Just catching the tip of Spearhead on the left skyline.