Just Hiking

An extensive collection of low-quality trip reports.

This is a personal website that includes photos and a short narrative from my hiking, scrambling, backpacking, and climbing adventures over the last 23 years. Take a look if you are interested. James Just

Latest Reports

08/02/2020 - Mount Ouray
This was my last Sawatch Centennial Peak located southwest of  Salida, Colorado.

07/04/2020 - Liberty Cap (8)
A short work-out hike above Grand Junction, Colorado, in the Colorado National Monument.

06/26/2020 - Hagerman Peak
A really fun scramble to one of Colorado's 100 highest peaks in the Elk Mountain Range.

06/20/2020 - Mount Adams
A fairly significant effort of 11 miles and 5,300' to reach the summit with a small amount of scrambling.

06/07/2020 - Cathedral Peak
We elected to snow climb the Pearl Couloir and descend the standard route to reach this peak.

05/22/2020 - California Peak
This is a moderate day in the Sangre de Cristo mountains with no scrambling or challenging route-finding.

Hikes By Year

1998   2001   2004   2007   2010   2013   2016   2019
1999   2002   2005   2008   2011   2014   2017   2020
2000   2003   2006   2009   2012   2015   2018   2021

This site was designed to share my recreational adventures in the mountains. I have posted photos, statistics, and descriptions of trips I have taken over the years. From 1998 to 2003, most of my reports are from Idaho. Since 2003, I have lived in Colorado with hikes and climbs all over the state.

I am generally a fair-weather day-hiker with only the occasional backpacking trip; however, my hiking has certainly evolved over the years. I started out with short trail hikes to lakes and low peaks. After a few years, my focus shifted to peak bagging and reaching the summit of higher mountains through a combination of hiking and scrambling. As my experience and skills grew, I added many snow climbs and winter hikes to my resume.

Beyond this, I have also done a small amount of easy technical rock climbing and a fair amount of moderate ice climbing.  I took a few years off beginning in 2014 as my hiking time shifted to family and significantly more mountain biking.  I picked up ice climbing and hiking again in 2017, but haven't done much rock climbing for numerous years.


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Let me know if you want a hat, beanie, shirt, or anything with the Just Hiking logo.  When I came across the logo I thought it was simple and cool and represented mountaineering.  Mountains, water, ice, snow, etc.  I thought it was very artsy and holistic with a bit of feng shui, zen, namaste, balance, peace, yin/yang, and chi.  All proceeds will go to the American Diabetes Association (I have diabetes.) or the Alzheimer's Association (My father-in-law had alzheimer's.).  Just email me and let me know what you want.  Several photos of different hats are posted below.  I order all my gear through Johnny Battle (https://www.johnnybattle.com) in Littleton, Colorado.  They do a great job and I can have anything on their website within a couple of weeks.  Hats are $25.  jamesjjust@hotmail.com

Jeremy BauerNate DenBleykerJohn Lottes
Kevin Smith
Marvin BlackmoreCody DierkingTony Marusiak
Shana Stevens
Justin Brown
Matt GibbonsTaylor Powell
Adam Weiss
Jonathan Cantu
Dale HurtNick Quesnel
Allen Weiss
Jerry Cook
Nick JensonPaul Regalia

Judy Cook
Brian KooiengaKelly Schlegel

Jared Cowen
Andy Leach
Matt Smelser


(<<< 2016)      (2017)      (2018 >>>)

After a couple of years with nominal hiking and climbing, 2017 was kind of my return to the mountains. I didn't go crazy, but I certainly got out much more this year when compared to 2015 and 2016. My snow climbing season was motivated by a planned trip to hike the Wyoming state highpoint in July. My long-time climbing partner Brian also coaxed my back into ice climbing in the Fall. I actually went ice climbing 22 times in the 2017/2018 ice climbing season. I also went on 51 rides and over 700 miles on my mountain bike. Since I stopped maintaining my original website in 2014, the pictures are limited from 2015 through 2018 as they weren't a priority the few times I did get out.

01. Hully Gully (9)
02. Penitente Canyon
03. Bear Butte
04. Torreys Peak (13)
05. Apache Peak/Navajo Peak
06. Grays Peak (11)
07. Torreys Peak (14)
08. Mount Edwards (2)/Grays Peak (12)
09. Gannett Peak
10. Torreys Peak (15)
11. Maxwell Falls
12. Three Tiers (4)
13. Lincoln Falls (17)
14. All Mixed Up (6)
15. Lincoln Falls (18)
16. West Gully (4)
17. Hully Gully (10)
18. Lincoln Falls (19)


(<<< 2017)      (2018)      (2019 >>>)

I kept the momentum going from 2017 and continued to do a fair amount of easy and moderate ice climbing into 2018. I had the desire and was excited to get out again. After 10 years, I finally returned to Cody, Wyoming, for a climbing trip in February with Brian Kooienga and Kevin Smith. A good friend of mine, Justin Brown, invited me to join him backpacking the Grand Canyon in March. I also made another trip to southwest Colorado in April to get a few ice climbs in that Kevin, Brian, and I had been wanting to do for years. I really didn't do much hiking in the second half of the year, but getting out climbing again early in the year was good for me. I spent the second half of the year mountain biking and got 100 rides and almost 1,400 miles in, which included a couple of trips to Moab, Utah.

01. Pumphouse Falls (10)
02. Hidden Falls (5)
03. Ouray Ice Park (21)
04. Second Gully (3)
05. Lincoln Falls (20)
06. The Main Vein
07. Oh Be Joyful
08. Broken Hearts Light
09. Jewel Lake Ice
10. Grand Canyon
11. Tonys Nightmare (2)
12. Sherman Climb (2)
13. Campground Couloir
14. Direct North Face
15. Tempered By Fire
16. Black Lake Slabs
17. Harney Peak (3)
18. Crow Peak
19. Mount Guyot
20. Mount Bierstadt (4)
21. Liberty Cap (7)
22. Mount Garfield (7)



(<<< 2019)      (2020)      (2021 >>>)

I started the year out with some ice climbing near Lake City and Vail, Colorado. I got to two new climbs and repeated Stairway to Heaven. Our ice climbing trip to Canada got canceled due to the pandemic so the season was cut short. I did a couple of snow climbs and a few new Centennial Peaks.

01. Lake City Ice Park (1)
02. Sherman Climb (3)
03. Lake City Ice Park (2)
04. Firehouse Falls (5)
05. Pumphouse Falls (11)
06. Secret Waterfall
07. Avocado Gully (2)
08. Marble Falls (2)
09. Lincoln Falls (23)
10. Stairway to Heaven (2)
11. Charmin Tube
12. Spiral Staircase (13)/The Pencil (4)/The Eraser (4)
13. Rigid Designator (3)
14. Pumphouse Falls (12)
15. Mount Arkansas (2)
16. California Peak
17. Cathedral Peak
18. Mount Adams
19. Hagerman Peak
20. Liberty Cap (8)
21. Mount Ouray