Camped along road 502, then in the morning parked at the pond rehab site. Hiked up road 502 to the 4WD road 502.1A. Beautiful day. 12.8 miles, about 4000' elevation gain. My gpx tracks are public on gaiagps.
CMC Trip. There were 5 in our group. We had planned to do both Phoenix & La Garita. We climbed Phoenix first, and saw that there was some weather off to the west. We decided not to do La Garita. We changed our minds when we got down from Phoenix and saw the weather was not so bad. We split with two others in our group and climbed back to the ridge, went over Point ~12,760 and on to La Garita. We didn't stay long, there were a few episodes of light graupel and rain, and then we headed back down and rejoined the other two in our group. A good, long day.
"Got tight last night on absinthe and did knife tricks. Great success shooting the knife into the piano. The woodworms are so bad and eat hell out of all furniture that you can always claim the woodworms did it."