OverviewLake 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.
Colorado Rank: 151
Parent Lineage: Line Parent: 13832 Proximate Parent: Redcloud
- “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
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!
Red TapeDriving on Scenic Alpine loop is free, parking at the Cooper Creek TH is free as well.
When to ClimbSummer 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.