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El Punto Peak 13,300'
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El Punto Peak 13,300'

 
El Punto Peak 13,300\'

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 38.08968°N / 107.49938°W

Object Title: El Punto Peak 13,300'

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County: San Juan

Activities: Mountaineering

Season: Spring

Elevation: 13300 ft / 4054 m

 

Page By: seth@LOKI

Created/Edited: Aug 17, 2012 / Aug 20, 2012

Object ID: 807181

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Overview

El Punto offers a short scrambling challenge by its easiest route. Views of the surrounding high San Juan peaks of Uncompahgre, Wetterhorn, Matterhorn, Heisshorn, Coxcomb,Redclif and Precipice are stellar... if you can stand on loose blocks of rock that comprise the skinny tower.

Getting There

El Punto can be approached from the north via Middle Fork Cimmaron River TH, longer by East Fork Cimmaron River. Both TH are reached above Silver Jack Reservoir on Owl Creek Pass.

From the South El Punto can be accessed from Matterhorn Creek TH, and longer access from Nelly Creek TH. Both TH are along Engineer Pass Road above Lake City, or by four-wheel drive from Ouray over Engineer Pass.
 
El Punto s Summit Block
Dirk is visible ascendeing the summit block. minor difficulty's are just below.

Red Tape

No Permits are required within the Uncompaghgre Wilderness (formerly know and the Big Blue Wilderness). 'Leave No Trace' ethics are recommended and fire bans are occasional and permanent in marked areas of wilderness areas.

There is a Butterfly preserve in the area banning the taking of any butterfly, as there are rare species that summer annually.
 
El Punto s day in the Sun. (Peak is to the Right, accessed from the right/s-west side)
El Punto isthe hight peak on the ridge to the Left

Camping

Owl Creek Pass
Free Camping is abound on both sides of the East, Middle, and West Fork Roads for day hikes.

Matterhorn Creek TH has limited dispersed camping along the road.

Nelly Creek TH

Backpacking sites are best high in the Middle and East Fork Cimarron Basins from 11,000 - 11,800 feet below tree level.


Pay camping can be had at the folling sites:
STATE CITY/TOWN CAMPGROUND NAME SITES RV WASTE
Colorado Cimarron Beaver Lake 10 No
Colorado Cimarron Big Cimarron 12 No
Colorado Cimarron Silver Jack 58 No

Forest Camping.com has a nice overview of camping in the area, and advanced reservations can be made. Link Here:
http://www.forestcamping.com/dow/rockymtn/unc.htm
Dirk Anderson on El Punto Summit
Dirk on the summit. Scary spot, even to the bold...

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Sarah SimonElevation

Sarah Simon

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;-) please check the elevation input for this peak. You may just need to remove the comma after "13". Cheers!
Posted Aug 18, 2012 10:33 pm
seth@LOKIthanks got lucky 13

seth@LOKI

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13300. no comma. Do you know how to do the GPX thingy?
Posted Aug 20, 2012 1:19 pm

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Images

Hiesshorn viewed from El Punto\'s flanks.Los PuntO\'sSummit of El Punto Peak, Colorado 13,300\'Dirk Anderson on El Punto SummitEl Punto\'s Summit BlockNordwand of El PuntoEl Punto\'s day in the Sun. (Peak is to the Right, accessed from the right/s-west side)
Dirk Anderson Scales El PuntoUncompaghre Butterfly Preserve