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"Every Mountain"

 
"Every Mountain"

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 37.97856°N / 107.42627°W

Object Title: "Every Mountain"

County: Hinsdale

Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 13691 ft / 4173 m

 

Page By: Liba Kopeckova

Created/Edited: Sep 30, 2017 / Sep 30, 2017

Object ID: 1008032

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Overview

West Ridge Every Mountain
West Ridge Every Mountain
Every Mountain
Every Mountain from the east
"Every Mountain"
is a bicentennial peak (=among the 200 highest in Colorado) near Lake City. The mountain combines well with another bicentennial peak "Cooper Creek Peak" and for those completing all 13ers, you can also add Unnamed 13180A. Bicentennial status makes is a more popular destination for those completing certain lists. 

Guide to Colorado Mountains with Robert Ormes (sort of a bible of Colorado Mountains) briefly mentions the peak, but it does not use name "Every Mountain" only Peak 13691. "Ormes was fond of calling Peak 13688 (Cooper Creek Peak) "Three Faces Mountain", apparently as seen from Alpine Gulch to the east. Though easy to climb from this side, a more common approach is by Cooper Creek to the west. Peak 13691 (Every Mountain) is climbed by hiking 1.5 miles northeast from Peak 13688. To descend, go west a mile along the ridge to pick up the trail that drops into Cooper Creek". 

Colorado Rank: 151

Parent Lineage: Line Parent: 13832    Proximate Parent: Redcloud

Class: 2

Nearby Mountains

  • “Cooper Creek Peak”      1.08 miles
  • “Gudy Peak”                  1.89 miles
  • Unnamed 13180 A         2.08 miles
  • “C.T. Peak”                    2.54 miles
  • Unnamed 13832            2.66 miles
  • Unnamed 13811          3.10 miles
  • “Sundog”                      3.29 miles
  • Unnamed 13540 A         3.95 miles
  • Redcloud Peak               2.62 miles
  • Sunshine Peak               3.87 miles


Getting There

Cooper Creek TH
Cooper Creek TH
Bears in Cooper Creek basin
Bears in Cooper Creek basin

Cooper Creek TH
- well marked traihead located just one mile past the popular Silver Creek/Grizzly Gulch trailhead used for the 14ers: Redcloud, Sunshine and Handies. 

From Lake City take Hwy. 149 south, 2.5 miles. Turn right on the road to Lake San Cristobal. Follow the paved road about 4 miles, then continue on dirt road for another 8.3 miles. Bear right at the fork - well signed road up Cinnamon Pass; and travel another 4.2 miles to the Silver Creek Trail. The Cooper Creek Trail is located approximately .8 miles further on the right. Obviously, you can access this trailhead also if coming over Cinnamon Pass from the west - Silverton area. You do need a 4WD high clearance vehicle to reach this trailhead. 

The road is open year round up to Sherman townsite (only a ghost town currently with very few buildings left), the road up towards Cinnamon Pass is closed from November (conditions dependent, could be earlier) til late May.

Route

Cooper Creek Trail
Cooper Creek Trail - Whitecross and Handies Peaks in the backround
Gudy Peak
Gudy Peak and Cooper lake
Every Mountain summit
Every Mountain summit
Climber on the summit of Every Mountain
Climber on the summit of Every Mountain
The Cooper Creek trail is well marked and easy to follow. It does ascend through forested area, passes through open meadows, crosses the creek, and finally starts to ascend towards a basin below the Cooper lake. You will see "Every Mountain" right ahead and slighty to the east as you ascend up the valley. 

I chose to hike up the easier slopes west of "Every Mountain", so I left the trail before it started to ascend up towards Cooper lake. Cooper lake is nicely placed below Gudy Peak. You have to get pretty high on the west ridge of "Every Mountain" to be able to see its waters. Once I reached the saddle, the going on the west ridge was easy. There is a false summit and some section of the ridge have a pretty obvious trail.

The summit had a cairn. I did not find any summit register. The views are spectacular in all directions.

I continued eastwards and had to drop into a saddle between "Every Mountain" and "Cooper Creek Mountain". This east facing ridge is steeper and you are on scree, but nothing is too technical (see photo with climber on the summit). Every Mountain appears more dramatic when one is examining it from the east. I continued onto the easy ridge walk towards the summit of Cooper Creek, returned back to the saddle and dropped into the Cooper Creek drainage. I tried to join the trail, but ran into bears: mom and bear cub. What a nice way to finish the hike!

Uncompahgre Peak
Uncompahgre Peak

Wetterhorn and Coxcomb
Wetterhorn and Coxcomb

Red Tape

Driving on Scenic Alpine loop is free, parking at the Cooper Creek TH is free as well. 

When to Climb

Summer and early autumn is the easiest since you can drive to high up on Engineer Pass or Cinnamon Pass roads. Winter and spring provide a more difficult access, and you have to travel through avalanche prone terrain. Check avalanche conditions prior venturing out there in the winter - Northern San Juan Avalanche Information Center.
The alpine scenic loop is usually open to motorized vehicles in June and closes with the first big snowfall - late October, early November. 

Camping

There is primitive camping right at the trailhead. If you wish to have access to a dry toilet, you need to drive less than 1 mile to the Silver Creek/Grizzly Gulch TH. 

External Links

Images

Cooper Creek PeakCooper Creek Trail"Every Mountain""Every Mountain""Every Mountain" summitClimber on the summit of "Every Mountain"Bears in Cooper Creek basin
Wetterhorn and CoxcombCooper Creek TH"Every Mountain"West Ridge "Every Mountain"Gudy PeakUncompahgre Peak