After doing Lost Mine peak, I returned to the trail and headed down to the base of the ridge that leads up to Casa Grande. There was a trail and I followed it all the way to the summit. It was pretty steep in places, and the loose scree made it tough to climb up. The views were amazing from the summit, as it is right in the middle of everything there. I took the trail back a little and then headed down a rockslide until I found another trail that took me much closer to the trailhead.
Route up: Lost Mine trail and ridge trail
Route down: Ridge trail, rockslide, and east face trail back to Lost Mine trail
After doing Lost Mine peak and Casa Grande, I took a break and then headed off to do Carter. I took the window trail down to the east side of the mountain, then climbed up the steep slope along the east facing cliff. The vegetation was thick in some spots, and sparse in others. I made it to the saddle and then worked my way up the south side of the ridge, up to a gap on the east face of the summit. I climbed up the gap and was rewarded with great views. People's voices from the Window trail were carrying so well that I could hear them from over a 1000 feet higher.
Route up: Window trail then off trail
Route down: same
I took the Lost Mine trail to the ridge and then went off trail towards the peak, first going to the left to avoid a small canyon, then to the right around a prominent outcropping. There was a little saddle up there, and from there I headed up and then left of another outcropping and into a ravine that led to a small saddle between the two high points of Lost Mine Peak. It was tough going up the ravine, and then it was a short climb up to the summit.
Route up/down: Lost Mine Trail and off trail
I've seen this peak and studied the route many times to know what I was getting into, but I summited in complete fog/cloud cover. I could only see around 100-200 feet at most in front of me, so the route was not visible. I could see nothing looking down from the Guadalupe peak trail, but knew where I had to go. I made it down to a wash and then went more to the right, got to the ridge, then followed that to the summit. There is a false summit with a summit marker, but the true summit is beyond there, which I found. I made it back up with no problems, but no views. Oh well, you can't always have a great view, but it was a fun hike anyway.
Route up/down: Guadalupe Peak Trail/Bush Traverse
I hiked up the Bear Canyon Trail, then basically walked the ridge or below the ridge about a mile to Frijole. It is directly in line with Nipple Hill and Mt. Pratt, so I knew I was there. The Bear Canyon trail is the toughest trail in the park, so it was a good challenge and not too tough off trail
Route up: Tejas, Frijole, Bear Canyon trails and off trail
Route down: Same
My brother drove in from AZ and we summited Shumard together. We took the Guadalupe Peak trail past the bridge and up a few more switch backs before we went off trail on the north side of Guad. peak. We worked our way around the slopes, down a ravine, then stayed just below the ridge before the final approach up to the summit. The cloud waterfall we witnessed was awesome, as were the views from the summit. We took one of the east ridges down to the canyon. We had to skirt three cliffs in the wash as we hiked down, the last one being about a twenty foot drop. Thankfully the embankments weren't too steep to negotiate. We made it back to the Devil's Hall trail and enjoyed the hike back. The round trip was around 7 hours.
Route up: Guadalupe peak trail and off trail
Route down: East ridge and canyon back to Devil's Hall trail
A quick hike/climb to the top. Took the ridge most of the way up, which did get a little treacherous at the top. A good way to view the Chisos Mountains.
Route up: South slope and ridge
Route down: West slope
I took the Window trail out to the Oak Springs trail, then followed that to the back side of the mountain, then began off trail. I went up and to the left of the first set of cliffs, then straight up a rockslide in the direction of the summit. I took a right onto another rockslide, kind of above the first set of cliffs, which led to a ravine. From there I made another right into a ravine that took me to the west side of the mountain. I then went through a little gap between a cliff on the left and a lower outcropping on the right. From there I went down just a little, up, then turned left to head up to the summit. It was a steep climb, and challenging due to the rockslides, scree, and vegetation, but a great peak to summit.
Route up: Window Trail, Oak Springs trail, off-trail rockslides and ravines on northwest side
Route down: Same
After doing Bartlett peak, I got back on the Bush mountain trail, took that to the Bowl trail, then hiked the Bowl trail as far north as possible. From that point, I went off trail and headed north-northeast, taking the best route I could. After climbing awhile, I finally noticed Pratt, and from there it was another 25-30 minutes to summit. A lonely peak, and I was ready to get back after that.
Route up: Bowl trail to northernmost point, then off trail
Route down: Off trail, Bowl Trail, Bear Canyon trail