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 24 years. Take a look if you are interested. James Just

Latest Reports

01/22/2021 - Plymouth Mountain/Bill Couch Mountain
An evening hike to two short Front Range peaks.

01/18/2021 - Ouray Ice Park (22)
Top-roping sustained steep ice at the ice park.

01/17/2021 - Eureka Gulch Ice
Ice climbing near Eureka, Colorado, in a new area.

01/16/2021 - Three Stooges Alcove
Ice climbing near Eureka, Colorado, in a new area.

01/09/2021 - North Table Mountain Ice
A small ice flow on the east side of the mountain.

01/02/2021 - Pumphouse Falls (13)
Ice climbing in Vail, Colorado.

12/31/2020 - Marble Falls (3)
A classic ice climb outside of Marble, Colorado.

12/31/2020 - Hayes Creek Falls
An easy ice climb outside of Redstone, Colorado.

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 throughout 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.

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. Thanks for visiting.

James Just



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I started the year out with some ice climbing near Lake City and Vail, Colorado. I was able to repeat the classic Stairway to Heaven by Silverton, Colorado. Our ice climbing trip to Canada got canceled due to the pandemic so the season was cut short. I only did a couple of snow climbs this year. However, I focused on hiking several new Centennial Peaks in my effort to climb the 100 highest peaks in Colorado. I actually summitted 13 new Centennial Peaks in 2020. I acquired COVID in November and got pretty sick, but still ended up doing a fair amount of ice climbing near the end of the year. I got 58 rides and 750 miles on my mountain bike on easy trails this year.

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
22. Niagara Peak/Jones Mountain
23. Half Peak
24. Point 13832/Point 13811
25. Phoenix Peak
26. Baldy Chato/Stewart Peak
27. Gladstone Peak
28. London Mountain/Kuss Peak
29. Rocky Mountain National Park
30. Vermillion Peak/Fuller Peak
31. Mount Tweto/Treasurevault Mountain/Mosquito Peak
32. Lincoln Falls (24)
33. Dodging the Bullet
34. Columbine Falls
35. East Vail Falls (3)
36. Mount Morrison (4)
37. Mount Morrison (5)
38. Spiral Staircase (14)/The Eraser (5)
39. 19th Hole
40. The Shroud (4)
41. Firehouse Falls (6)
42. Hayes Creek Falls
43. Marble Falls (3)


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I'm just starting the year with some ice climbing. Surprisingly in the 2020-2021 ice climbing season, I have already been to seven new ice climbs. Some of them were worth it and others were just ticked off the list of places to check out.

01. Pumphouse Falls (13)
02. North Table Mountain Ice
03. Three Stooges Alcove
04. Eureka Gulch Ice
05. Ouray Ice Park (22)
06. Plymouth Mountain/Bill Couch Mountain