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Larson Peak

 
Larson Peak

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 39.03292°N / 106.63517°W

Object Title: Larson Peak

County: Pitkin

Activities: Mountaineering

Season: Summer

Elevation: 12908 ft / 3934 m

 

Page By: nader

Created/Edited: Sep 12, 2009 / Jan 17, 2014

Object ID: 552661

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Overview

 
W/NW face of Larson Peak
West face of Larson
 
Larson & Grizzly Peaks
SW face of Larson


The upper portions of Lincoln Creek create a wide U-shaped valley that marks the boundary between the Elk and Sawatch Mountains of Colorado. This incredible valley is surrounded by jagged peaks and high alpine lakes.

The double summit of Larson Peak is one of the jagged mountains that rise to the west of the valley of Lincoln Creek. To the south, the slopes of Larson drop very steeply into a basin that houses the Petroleum Lake. The eastern and northern slopes of Larson drop just as steeply into the valleys of Lincoln & Galena Creeks. To the west/southwest, a rocky ridgeline goes down to an elevation of 12500 ft where a broad and grassy saddle separates Larson from Peak 13505 ft.

The eastern summit of Larson Peak is a rocky buttress that is surrounded by wall-like slopes. Reaching its top is probably a technical climb. Although from some angles the eastern summit of Larson might appear as the taller one, peak baggers will be glad to know that the true summit sits to the west. It can be reached via a Class II hike up the rocky western ridgeline of Larson Peak.

The hardest part of climbing Larson Peak is probably reaching the trailhead. This requires a 10 mile drive up the rough Lincoln Gulch dirt road.


North face of Larson Peak
North Face of Larson

Getting There

 
Larson Peak & Peak 13447 ft
North face, the closer peak is Larson
 
Larson & Grizzly Peaks
SW face of Larson

From the town of Aspen, drive roughly 10 miles east on Route 82 until you see the sign for the Lincoln Gulch Road (Forest Road 106) on the right (south) side of the road.

Guidebooks might say that most cars can drive up Lincoln Gulch Road but I found it to be pretty rough and will not drive it in anything less than an SUV.

Drive the pot hole ridden Lincoln Gulch Road east. After 3.3 miles, you will reach the junction of New York Creek Road. Continue straight (left). 0.75 miles later you will reach the Tabor Creek Trailhead.

After the Tabor Creek Trailhead, the road seems to become much smoother. It continues east for another 2.5 miles to reach the Grizzly Reservoir. Here the road turns south and becomes rough again. 4WD is recommended. Drive the road another 3.5 miles to reach the signed junction of the trail to Anderson & Petroleum Lakes (11200 ft)

Route, West Ridge, Anderson/Petroleum Lakes

All distances are per my GPS:

Place…………….Elevation (ft)…Distance (miles)


Trailhead…………11200………...Zero

Anderson
Lake………………11820…………1.1

Nameless
Lake (Lower
Petroleum)………..12060………….0.65

Petroleum
Lake………………12300………….0.3

Saddle……………..12500

Larson……………..12908…………0.7


Total……………………………………….2.75 miles





Once you reach Grizzly Reservoir (see “Getting There” above), the jagged summits of Peak 13631 ft and Truro Peak appear to the south. As you drive south past Truro Peak, Larson appears on the right.

North Face
North Face of Larson
East Face
East Face of Larson

At the trailhead to Anderson & Petroleum Lakes, cross the creek (can hop on boulders) to the east side and follow a Jeep Road a short distance into a Pine Forest. You will soon reach a gate. The road is closed to motorized vehicles beyond this spot. Follow the trail up the forested slopes. You will have great views of the Magnificent Peak 13631 ft to the south. Just before you reach Anderson Lake, you will go above the tree-line. The double summits of Larson Peak appear to the north.


South Face
Larson
Trail in the Forest
Pine Forest
Peak 13631 ft
Peak 13631 ft

You will then reach Anderson Lake which sits at the base of Peak 13631 ft.

Larson From Anderson Lake
Larson & Anderson Lake
Peak 13631 ft & Anderson Lake
Peak 13631 ft & Anderson Lake


Turn north and follow the trail over lush grassy slopes toward Petroleum Lake.



On the slopes between Anderson & Petroleum Lakes
Larson
On the slopes between Anderson & Petroleum Lakes
Lush
On the slopes between Anderson & Petroleum Lakes
Lush
On the slopes between Anderson & Petroleum Lakes
Peak 13631 ft


You will soon reach a nameless lake (Lower Petroleum Lake) that sits directly at the base of the Larson Peak.


Nameless (Lower Petroleum) Lake
Lower Lake
Larson from Lower Lake
Larson from Lower Lake
Grizzly Peak from Lower Lake
Grizzly from Lower Lake


Follow the trail a little higher to the end of it at Petroleum Lake.


Petroleum Lake & Peak 13631 ft
Petroleum Lake & Peak 13631 ft
Larson Peak & Petroleum Lake
Petroleum Lake & Larson Peak
Petroleum Lake & Peak 13505 ft
Petroleum Lake & Peak 13505 ft


Leave Petroleum Lake and head north up beautiful and gently sloped grassy slopes to reach a broad saddle.

Larson from the slopes above Petroleum Lake
Larson
Larson Peak from the slopes above Petroleum Lake
Larson



Head northeast and follow the rocky western ridgeline of Larson to reach the top of its western summit. A faint trail may be seen in some places.


The (west) summit of Larson
Ridgetop
The (west) summit of Larson
Ridgetop
On the western Ridgeline of Larson Peak
Ridgetop


Views from the summit of Larson Peak:






Truro Peak
Truro Peak
Tabor Peak
Tabor Peak
Peak 13505 ft
Peak 13505 ft








Peak 13631 ft
Peak 13631 ft
Grizzly Peak
Grizzly Peak
East Summit
East Summit


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Map
 

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