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Booby Prize (Unnamed 13312 ft)

 
Booby Prize (Unnamed 13312 ft)

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 38.99102°N / 106.59548°W

Object Title: Booby Prize (Unnamed 13312 ft)

County: Chaffee/Gunnison

Elevation: 13312 ft / 4057 m

 

Page By: nader

Created/Edited: Jul 11, 2015 / Oct 20, 2017

Object ID: 945767

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Overview


East face of Booby Prize




Note about name: This peak has no official name. Mountain climbers have referred to it by the strange name “Booby Prize”.
Rank: Booby Prize is Colorado’s 382nd highest ranked peak.


Booby Prize sits in the Sawatch Mountains of central Colorado on the continental divide a few miles to the south of Route 82. The eastern slopes of Booby Prize rise steeply above the South Fork of Lake Creek Valley. In contrast, its southern slopes are gentle. The southern and the western slopes go down into the broad valley of Taylor Creek River. A rough dirt road starts on Route 82 and takes you up the South Fork of Lake Creek Valley. From the end of the road, you can follow a trail to reach the eastern slopes of Booby Prize where you will leave trail and find your own way to the summit.

Getting There

From Independence Pass on Route 82, drive 9.3 miles east (or 14.5 miles west from junction of Routes 82 and 24) to the “South Fork of Lake Creek Road” (FR 391) (the parking area for La Plata Peak Trail is in the same area). This is a dirt road that is rough with many pot holes but is technically a 2WD road (I drove an SUV and did not need to use 4WD but I would not bring a passenger car here).

Turn south onto the South Fork of Lake Creek Road. At 2.8 miles go straight (right). At 3.3 miles you will reach the junction of Mc Nasser Gulch Road (FR 394). Continue left until after 4.6 miles from Route 82 you reach the junction with Peekaboo Gulch Road on the right (FR 393). Continue left on FR 391. After a cabin, you will reach an area where you will have to cross a stream (no bridge). I chose to park here although the road continued another 1.3 miles.

Route, South Fork of Lake Creek

Map
Map


Place
Elevation
Distance
Jct. Peekaboo & South Fork Lake Creek Rds.
10940 ft
zero miles
End of road
11250 ft
1.30 miles
End of trail
12200 ft
2.20 miles
Summit
13312 ft
0.80 miles
Total
-
4.30 miles





This description starts at the junction of Peekaboo Gulch (FR 393) and South Fork of Lake Creek (FR 391) Roads. Slopes of Red Mountain are visible.

Red Mountain
Red Mountain


Hike up the road to the end of it where a trail continues up the South Fork of Lake Creek Valley. Peak 12934 ft and Peak 12750 ft can be seen to the left.

From trail in South Fork of Lake Creek
(L) Peak 12934 ft & (R) Peak 12750 ft


As you continue up the valley, Booby Prize will come to view.

First view of Booby Prize
First view of Booby Prize


Peak 12750 ft.

Peak 12750 ft
Peak 12750 ft
Peak 12750 ft
Peak 12750 ft



At around 12200 ft, you will reach a fairly flat area at the base of the steep eastern slopes of Booby Prize. The trail fades away.

Booby Prize
Booby Prize
From the flat area at the base of the eastern slopes
 
From the flat area at the base of the east slopes
 
Middle Mountain
Middle Mountain


I continued south beyond the saddle between Booby Prize and Peak 12750 ft. A couple of nameless lakes were below me.

Nameless Lakes & Jenkins Mountain
Nameless lakes and Jenkins Mountain


A beaten path/trail appeared. It seemed to go to a place where it could give me access to the gentle southern slopes of Booby Prize but I could see that the end of the trail was blocked by snow cornices.

Beaten path on the eastern slopes of Booby Prize
Beaten path


I ended up leaving trail going up the steep eastern slopes of Booby Prize. Climbing was no worse than Class III maximum but the snow fields made it a little more difficult.

Going up the eastern slopes
 
Going up eastern slopes
 
Going up eastern slopes
 
Going up eastern slopes
 
Going up eastern slopes
 
Going up eastern slopes
 
Going up eastern slopes
 
Going up eastern slopes
 


Below summit.

Near summit
 
Summit
Summit


Views from the summit of Booby Prize.

Taylor River Valley
Taylor River Valley
Taylor River Valley
Taylor River Valley

Castle Peak, Prize Benchmark
Prize Benchmark/Castle Peak
Peak 13447 ft, Garfield Peak etc
Peak 13447 ft/Garfield

Middle Mountain, South Fork of Lake Creek Valley
Middle Mtn, South Fork of Lake Creek
Huron Peak, The Three Apostles, Jenkins Mountain etc
Huron, Apostles, Jenkins


Anderson, Truro, Tellurium, Tabor Peaks etc
Anderson, Truro, Tellurium, Tabor


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Images

East face of Booby PrizeRed MountainNameless Lakes & Jenkins MountainCastle Peak, Prize BenchmarkPeak 12750 ftSummitEast face of Booby Prize 13312 ft
Peak 13447 ft, Garfield Peak etcPeak 12750 ftGoing up eastern slopesTaylor River ValleyFrom the flat area at the base of the eastern slopesMiddle MountainMap
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