"A friend and I started walking one day. We weren't intent on climbing the mountain, only on finding a particular fenceline. Our search took us quite a ways up the side of Mt. Mestas anyway. We found the going was much easier when we stayed on one of the trails made by the bighorn sheep.
"The photo above is the mountain as we approached it early in the morning. The snow was more of a dusting than anything. It melted off pretty quickly.
"We drove up onto the edge of the boulder field just east of Lost Lake in Tres Valles West. We climbed slowly across the boulder field until we reached the trees on the southern side of the cliff face. Then we continued up through the trees.
"Everywhere we went there was lots of loose talus. It's almost like the whole hill is one big rock slide waiting to let go. Then you reach a seemingly stable area and forget about it for a few minutes. But this mountain continually reminds you that it isn't just height that makes a mountain dangerous to climb... most of the 14ers are safer than this one."