The trail has some steeper sections lower, but feels pretty mellow most of the way up. It's pretty neat to hike up and see the forest thinning and trees growing lower to the ground.
Stormy Peaks and others visible to the south. As you gain altitude, views of Fall Mountain, Comanche Peak, and the Mummies to the south become more prominent.
I read a trip report which suggested the best way to approach Fall Mountain may be from the south, because from the east you do need to go over the rocky point to the east of the summit. Thus, I originally planned to continue on the Mummy Pass Trail, and follow that suggested method. But when I got to the east of Fall Mountain, the rocky section didn't look too bad at all, and certainly appeared more favorable than loosing a few hundred feet of elevation to have a less rocky route to the top.
I left the summit after a snack and signing the register. From here I headed northwest toward Comanche Peak. This summit is one of those that looks impressive from below, but isn't much more than a collection of indistinct rocky high points from above. In fact, it was pretty difficult to tell which of those was the actual summit, though LoJ says it is the farthest southwest point.
Ramsey Peak from here, and thought of the struggle I had on that one. It doesn't look too bad from this side!
Fairchild Mountain, Ypsilon Mountain, and Desolation Peaks.
I left this summit and headed almost directly west to the low point between it and point 12,308. There is a thin trail here, and the going was pretty easy.
The tundra was nice and flat here, and I was able to move to Ikoko in a jog.
suggested a name for the higher one. Since he is a published author and I was pretty close, I decided to visit the lake. It was worth the short detour.
Up next, I wanted to visit Flint Pass. While I could find a few photos of it from a distance online, I couldn't find any of it from it. I'd say very few people pass through here, as there really isn't any reason to. There isn't any trail to it, and there isn't anything on the other side but Hague Creek.
I left the Mummy Pass trail at an appropriate point, and simply headed up and over to descend down the the pass.
From here I descended north and east to try to find Mummy Pass.
Back on the trail, I headed up. From here it was an interesting exercise to find the trail. At times it was very well put in, sunk nearly a foot below the level of the surrounding tundra. Other times it was nothing more than a thin line of matted down grass. More than once it went through willows, some up to chest high. Be prepared to do a little route finding.
I noted that rocky outcrop near the beginning of this page. This is where I started descending to visit Cirque and Emmaline Lakes. Well, I guess descending, then ascending, then descending.
I ate, changed socks, and prepared for the hike back to the car. I'd hoped this day would be in the 12 hour range, but it was now 4:30 and making back to the car in an hour seemed unlikely.
Eventually I reached Cirque Meadows.
It seemed like it was taking forever to descend, and I was trying to jog as much as I could. But my hip flexors got pretty sore and eventually I just went with hiking as fast as possible. Fortunately, my hiking as fast as possible on a downhill is 3+ mph, and I got back to the car at 6:34 pm. Now I only had a 2.5 hour drive ahead of me! But at least it would be in light.
On the way back, I took 14 all the way into Fort Collins, and out to 25. This was a little bit longer distance wise, but took a little less time. It was kind of fun, since I hadn't mapped this way and didn't quite know where I was for awhile.
What a great day this was, and one of the last big multiple destination days I have left in the park. Ringing the peaks above Mirror Lake was the pleasure I thought it would be a while looking over last year. Ranked or not, the peaks all have great views in every direction, the lakes are all beautiful, and the passes sublime.
This also marks the first time I've broken a marathon distance in a day hike. It's about time! I've gotten close on many occasions.
Link to hike map on Caltopo.
Comanche Peak and Area (distances as part of the hike):
Fall Mountain, 12,258 feet: 6.4 miles, 3298 foot gain. Second class+. Strenuous-.
Comanche Peak, 12,709 feet: 8.2 miles, 3749 foot gain. Second class. Strenuous-.
Comanche Peak Wilderness Highpoint, 12,716 feet: 8.8 miles, 3756 foot gain. Second class. Strenuous-.
Kokomo, 12,308 feet: 10.7 miles, 3348 foot gain. Second class. Strenuous-.
Mount Ikoko, 12,232 feet: 11.5 miles, 3272 foot gain. Second class. Strenuous-.
Looking Glass Lake, 11,060 feet: 12.5 miles, 2100 foot gain. Second class. Moderate+.
Mirror Lake, 11,020 feet: 12.8 miles, 2060 foot gain. Moderate+.
Flint Pass, 11,630 feet: 16.4 miles, 2670 foot gain. Moderate+.
Mummy Pass, 11,260 feet: 17.1 miles, 2300 foot gain. Moderate+.
Cirque Lake, 10,940 feet: 20.8 miles, 1980 foot gain. Moderate+.
Emmaline Lake, 11,020 feet: 20.9 miles, 2060 foot gain. Moderate+.
Cirque Meadows, 9,780 feet: 23.3 miles, 820 foot gain. Moderate-.
As a whole, this hike covered 26.5 miles with 6870 feet of elevation gain. Some second class terrain is crossed, as well as some bushwhacking to reach Cirque and Emmaline Lakes (if you go that way!). Strenuous.