Trip Report    

Alpine Scramble - Red Mountain (Commonwealth Basin)

Early fall scramble to the summit of Red Mountain on a beautiful day

  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • Trail in good condition. Commonwealth creek remains low flow. Red Mountain continues to have a large amount of loose rock! 

A group of 6 total headed out from the Kendal Katwalk TH shortly before 8:30 am. The lower lot was already full at this time. We took the commonwealth basin trail for a more direct approach to Red. Hardly any water in the creek right now. Made for easy crossings. 


It took around 2 hours to reach the switchback where the group decided we would take the more hands-on scramble approach up the ridge instead of following the class 2 trail up. 

We traversed over to the ridge which involves some heather and loose rock. Once on the ridge it's a bit easier to find solid rock but there's more loose rock than I remember! Need to be careful and mange the group safely to avoid party inflicted rock fall. 

The group did great and had a fun time scrambling up.

Eventually we hit the merge with the main trail. Things became a bit easier but still a lot of loose rock! 


We took around 45 minutes to enjoy the weather, views, and eat lunch at the top. It was a beautiful day. 



Beautiful views all around, especially of Mt Thomson! 
PXL_20220924_193823369.jpgWe could even see the fall colors coming out over on Kendall Peak
PXL_20220924_193745164.jpgThe trip down was slow moving (no photos) to avoid knocking rocks down on each other. We let several other parties pass, including a dog! 
We safely made it back to the trailhead around 3pm. 
Total trip time around 7 hours. 

Very fun and successful trip for my second mentored scramble lead!