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Hayden Pass to North Decker Creek Traverse
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Hayden Pass to North Decker Creek Traverse

 
Hayden Pass to North Decker Creek Traverse

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Object Title: Hayden Pass to North Decker Creek Traverse

Date Climbed/Hiked: Jun 18, 2011

Activities: Hiking

Season: Spring

 

Page By: Brian Kalet

Created/Edited: Jun 22, 2011 / Jun 22, 2011

Object ID: 723624

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Stats

Peak Name
Fremont County Rank
CO Rank
Contiguous US Rank
Elevation
Galena Peak
8
1027
>1000
12461'
12620
7
917
>1000
12620'
Mount Otto
6
745
>1000
12865'
Bushnell Peak
1
565
737
13105'
Twin Sisters South
-
-
-
12730'
Twin Sisters North
3
632
834
13012'
12924
5
699
935
12924'
Red Mountain
4
641
849
12994'
Hunts Peak
2
594
775
13071'
12401
9
1071
>1000
12401'

Date: 6/18/2011
Distance: 15.5 miles
Elevation Gain: ~9000'
Participants: Brian Kalet, Steve Knapp & chicagotransplant

The Traverse

Steve and I met Mike at Poncha Pass on Friday night, then dropped his vehicle close to the North Decker Creek Trailhead.  We couldn't make it all the way because of a large, fallen tree blocking the road.  We then continued up to Hayden Pass.  The road is mostly good with a section about 1 mile long that is loose and has a couple of minor rock obstacles.  We camped at Hayden Pass and started hiking towards Galena Peak at 6:07 am Saturday morning.  We found an old road that took us quite high on Galena, but eventually had to travel cross-country to the summit.  The wind was blowing quite hard from the southwest for the majority of the day.  The hike was primarily one long class 2 ridge.  We would regroup on each summit and refuel.  The decision-making we needed to do primarily consisted of deciding whether to climb over the many bumps along the way or sidehill around them.  Finally, we made it to the last peak of the day 12401.  From here, we descended west down an avalanche path to the North Decker Creek Trail and finally back to Mike's vehicle roughly 12.5 hours after starting.  In retrospect, it might have been easier to descend in a more northwesterly direction, or even ascend Simmons Peak, and meetup with the Simmons Peak Trail instead of descending the steep talus directly off of 12401.  I ran out of food and water during the drive back to Hayden Pass.  Thanks to Mike for the cheese and chocolate covered raisins on a couple of the summits and to Steve for organizing the trip!


Galena Peak from Hayden Pass.  Photo: Mike Rodenak


Galena Peak from its south ridge.  Photo: Mike Rodenak


Looking north from Galena Peak.  Photo: Mike Rodenak


Villa Grove from Galena Peak.  Photo: Mike Rodenak


Galena Peak and southern Sangres from 12620.  Photo: Mike Rodenak


12620's northeast face.  Photo: Mike Rodenak


Bushnell Peak.  Photo: Mike Rodenak


Pikes Peak from Bushnell Peak.  Photo: Mike Rodenak


San Luis Valley from Bushnell Peak.  Photo: Mike Rodenak


Stout Creek Lakes from Twin Sisters.  Photo: Mike Rodenak


Bushnell Peak from Twin Sisters South.  Photo: Mike Rodenak


Looking north from Twin Sisters North.  Photo: Mike Rodenak


Looking south from Red Mountain.  Photo: Mike Rodenak


Hunts Peak from Red Mountain.  Photo: Mike Rodenak


Looking south from Hunts Peak.  Photo: Mike Rodenak


Mount Ouray from Hunts Peak.  Photo: Mike Rodenak


12401.  Photo: Mike Rodenak


Looking towards Salida from 12401.  Photo: Mike Rodenak


Steve descending steep talus towards the avalanche path and North Decker Creek Trail.  Photo: Mike Rodenak


12401 from the vehicle.  Photo: Mike Rodenak


Map

Images

Bushnell Peak from South Twin Sisters

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