Mt. Guyot first got on my radar when I did a trail run up Georgia Pass from Jefferson with some friends last summer. We were feeling ambitious as we arrived at the pass and Guyot’s diamond shape was quite alluring. However, Guyot looked very steep and rocky so we decided to head over to Whale Peak (13,078) instead. We had a great ridge run over to Whale Peak and Mt. Guyot drifted away from my thoughts. Then, I returned to Georgia Pass last weekend with my friends and the intrigue of Mt. Guyot returned once again. Since we started from Kenosha Pass, our day was already long and we never really considered climbing it on our visit.
Last night when I was trying to decide on a target for the day, Mt. Guyot was very fresh on my mind. Although, I was just at Georgia Pass a couple of days ago and sort of wrote off the idea. After reviewing several other options, I got sort of tired of trying to find the perfect hike for the day. I was looking for some significant elevation gain and wanted a few runnable stretches for training as well. Ultimately, I decided to print out some directions from 14ers.com for a route up Mt. Guyot from the Breckenridge side (French Gulch trail).
That plan lasted only about 2 miles when I ran into Denver rush hour traffic on I-25 and decided to remain on Hwy 285. I quickly decided that I’d just head up to Jefferson and attempt Mt. Guyot from Jefferson and Georgia Pass. I was pretty confident that I could figure it out without any real preparation. The climb up to Georgia Pass was relatively quick and pleasant and any concern I had of not enjoying being on the same trail as a few days prior quickly disappeared. Georgia Pass is beautiful and the trail is fantastic!