Peak(s):  Engelmann Peak  -  13,362 feet
Robeson Peak  -  13,140 feet
Bard Peak  -  13,641 feet
Date Posted:  09/30/2018
Modified:  08/20/2020
Date Climbed:   09/17/2018
Author:  KevinK
 An easier way up to Englemann   

I havent put up a report in forever but wanted to share a bit of beta on an easier route I found leading up to Englemann/Robeson recently. I will not detail the whole route, just my variance. My route does add a touch of mileage but will be on a trail all the way to grassy slopes at treeline and completely avoids bushwhacking and climbing of steep, loose gullies. In other reports you will see pics labeling the gullies as 1-4. My route is usually very visible in these pics as the prominent ridge to the right of gully 4. This is Robesons NW ridge and goes directly to the summit. This route could also easily be used to attain the Englemann/Robeson saddle as I will detail below.

A pretty solid trail to the ridge begins in my first photo. This was taken from the same area as the mining debris, footbridge and collapsed mudslide slope pictured in Supras TR. Instead of buswhacking up the stream/gully to the left look for the trail in my pic that heads up across the base of the mudslide to the right. This trail gains the hill above the mudslide and then immediately cuts back left and up along the edge of where the mudslide fell out.

The next section heads generally SW up through the trees towards the base of the NW ridge. There are some side trails through this area but follow the most prominent trail and you should find your way to the cabin site in my 2nd picture.

Just as you reach the cabin look for a switchback that heads N/NE up around the rocky base of the ridge and into the 4th gully. A good trail contours well above the stream along the right side for a bit before finally depositing you at a grassy section in the bottom of the gully. The trail mostly disappears here but the terrain is easy. Almost immediately look to the right for a grass ramp under an easy talus section (cairned?) that allows easy access to the ridge above. You should gain the ridge right at treeline near a very large hole/windbreak.

My 3rd photo is looking back down the ridge from near Robeson. The area you should have joined the ridge is marked by a small red dot. As you can see the route up from there is self explanatory and just steepish grass with a few trail bits here and there. Though the ridgeline continues straight to the summit of Robeson a traverse trail contours off to the Englemann/Robeson saddle at about that same elevation. You can see this trail in my 4th photo looking back at Robeson fron Englemann though it is a bit dark. I didnt actually walk that cutoff but it appears solid and would make a good shortcut to/from the Robeson/Englemann saddle. I will say that its probably easier to spot coming back from Englemann than it is from the ridge up Robeson.

I really hope this report helps someone out. My actual route that day was up meh gully #3 to Englemann followed by a low contour around the back of Robeson to Bard. I decided to tag Robeson on the way out and thought the grassy ridge all the way down to the valley looked too good to pass up. Though I didnt find this route until descending I probably would have used it both ways if I had known about it before.

EDIT: I added a few more notes and a rough map to help clarify things a bit. Please keep in mind that the map is not GPS and is a general guesstimation of my route. The red dot is the cabin and I'm pretty sure at least that spot is pretty right on.

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Comments or Questions
GPS file
08/18/2019 19:28
Wanna know if you did record your tracks on your phone or other device. If you did, can I have a .gpx file?

GPS file
10/09/2019 14:04
I did basically this route as described yesterday. Thank you Kevin for the good description. I found the cabin remains easily, and I gained the right side fin a little earlier. It was pretty steep but easy. On approach to Englemann from Robeson I walked over to the east side, this gave good views of the valleys down that way towards Bard Creek, and was a little gentler ascending. On descent I did see a decent looking trail that traversed just below the top of Robeson, that I must of walked right over at some point. That trail stayed pretty high and might connect to some of the old stuff over by Woods. However I opted for other fin flanking the fourth gully on descent, eventually just dropping into the gully, which then did come out at the private cabins that have been mentioned. My runkeeper route is linked, and rpdawes I would be happy to email you the gpx file.

Robeson/Englemann via 4th fin and gully

From which TH?
06/24/2020 21:43
Was this route from Ruby Gulch TH or Bard Creek? I am considering doing the latter as a recent condition update suggested. Thanks for posting!

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