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seanoWest ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 17, 2016


A quick half-day beating a gloomy forecast. A few slush-drifts below treeline, then nicely wind-packed snow on the ridge. I would have continued on the loop south had I been able to see any of it from the summit. Trip report.
Posted May 19, 2016 12:23 pm

astrobassmanNice Spring Outing  Sucess!


My dad was in town visiting for a few days so we decided to take a road trip and explore the San Luis Valley. The first night we stayed at the Valley View Hot Springs, and the next day I got up early and climbed Cottonwood from the cabin. It took about 7 hours and was a nice solo outing with great views. Memorable weekend for me.
Posted Sep 13, 2015 9:40 am

Brian Kalet6 Peaks  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2014

Brian Kalet

With Thirsty Peak, Eagle Peak, 13123, Wulsten Baldy & 12780.
Posted Aug 11, 2014 2:06 pm

chicagotransplantLong Loop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 18, 2008


Climbed with Kiefer in combination with PT 13123B, Thirsty, Eagle A and Lakes via the Hot Springs Trail in and Major Creek Trail out. Long day indeed, TOPO! clocked it at 18 miles and 8100' vertical.
Posted Oct 20, 2008 10:16 am

KieferWest Ridge Loop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 18, 2008


Hiked in via the Valley View drainage with ChicagoTransplant and combined it with 13,123, Thirsty Peak, Eagle Peak and Lakes Peak. Hiked out via Major Drainage (short for Major pain-in-the-ass drainage). A long day.
Posted Oct 19, 2008 6:15 pm

SarahThompsonHot Springs Canyon approach  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 13, 2006


Hiked up the Hot Springs Canyon Trail, loop over Cottonwood, UN 13123 & unranked Thirsty Peak, and descended Garner Creek Trail to TH.
Posted Apr 14, 2008 12:00 pm

DharmaBum1984Hot Springs Canyon/West Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 4, 2007


Fun early spring snow slog on the West Ridge, and a cold night at 13k.
Posted Feb 2, 2008 12:06 am

Eric HolleHot Springs/Garner Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2007

Eric Holle

Hiked in Hot Springs trail and up the West Ridge of Cottonwood. I continued in good weather over Pt 13,123 and pressed on to Thirsty Peak. Thirsty marked a milestone for the year being the 75th summit attained since the first of the year. After Thirsty Peak, I cruised over to Lakes Peak, down the west ridge to the saddle and into and out the Garner Trail back to my truck and a cold Dale's Pale Ale. I ran into Rick on the trail and had some great conversations early in the morning and late in the day.
Posted Sep 6, 2007 9:23 pm

km_donovanNorth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 2, 2006


Climbed from the Coverdale Basin
Posted Jun 5, 2006 2:41 am

jordanclRoute Climbed: Own Route Date Climbed: January 1, 04  Sucess!


My best day on a mountain.
Posted Jul 20, 2005 6:12 am

JonBradfordRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: May 25, 2002  Sucess!


Excellent early season climb! I realy enjoyed this mountain even though I was chased off the summit by hail. Eagle Peak to the east is still on my to do list. Hot Springs Canyon is an intimate introduction to the norther Sanges (although not as sweet as the Wild Cherry Creek drainage). My main complaint about Cottonwood is it isn't composed of Crestone Conglomerate. It is a most excellent mountain though!

Along with me were my dogs Raymond and Sopris.

Jon Bradford
Posted Nov 9, 2003 9:37 pm

RyanSRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: May 18, 2003  Sucess!


A sketchy day, but we managed to bag Cottonwood and its unnamed neighbor.
Posted Jun 2, 2003 2:57 pm

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