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Peak 12955 ft (Kroenke Lake)

 
Peak 12955 ft (Kroenke Lake)

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 38.85497°N / 106.34932°W

Object Title: Peak 12955 ft (Kroenke Lake)

County: Chaffee/Gunnison

Elevation: 12955 ft / 3949 m

 

Page By: nader

Created/Edited: Jul 18, 2015 / Nov 20, 2016

Object ID: 946637

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Overview

Peak 12955 ft and Kroenke Lake
Peak 12955 ft and Kroenke Lake


Note about name: This peak has no official name.
Rank: Peak 12955 ft is Colorado’s 666th highest ranked peak.

Peak 12955 ft sits on the continental divide in the Sawatch Mountains of central Colorado near the famous 14er Mt. Yale. The shortest way to reach the summit of Peak 12955 ft is to approach it from the south starting on Cottonwood Pass Road via the trail to Hartenstein Lake (see the page for Peak 12956 ft). Before reaching the lake, you will take the trail that goes to the 12020 ft Browns Pass where you can access the western slopes of the peak.

A more scenic option is to approach the peak from the northeast via the trail to Kroenke Lake. From North Cottonwood Trailhead, you will hike the trail through a beautiful pine forest to the 11500 ft Kroenke Lake and then a 12500 ft saddle. You will then leave trail and hike up the easy northern slopes to reach the summit of Peak 12955 ft.

Getting There

From the intersection of Route 24 and Cottonwood Pass Road in Buena Vista (the only traffic light in town), drive less than half a mile north on Route 24 and turn west onto County Road 350 (Crossman Ave). Drive west for 2 miles until you reach a T. Turn right (north) onto 361. After about a mile, turn left onto 365. This is a dirt road which later gets somewhat rough but is rated for passenger car. Go miles 5 miles to reach the trailhead at the end of the road.

Route, via Kroenke Lake

Peak 12955 ft via Kroenke Lake Trail
Map



All distances are per my GPS
Place
Elevation
Distance
North Cottonwood Creek Trailhead
9860 ft
zero miles
Branch to Mts. Harvard/Columbia
10340 ft
1.60 miles
Kroenke Lake
11500 ft
2.65 miles
Saddle
12500 ft
1.15 miles
Summit
12955 ft
0.70 miles
Total
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6.10 miles







The trail starts on the west side of the parking area. It crosses to the south side of the creek over a pedestrian bridge and then follows the creek west through a lush pine forest. After about 1.5 miles, it crosses back to the north side of the creek and then reaches a split. Right goes to Mts. Harvard and Columbia. Take the left branch to Kroenke Lake.

Trail to Kroenke Lake
 
Trail to Kroenke Lake
 
Trail to Kroenke Lake
 
Trail to Kroenke Lake
 


Slopes of Mt. Yale may be seen through the trees.

North Slopes of Mt. Yale
Slopes of Mt. Yale


You will then reach Kroenke Lake. Peak 12955 ft and Peak 12778 ft will come to view.

Peak 12955 ft and Kroenke Lake
Peak 12955 ft
Kroenke Lake & Peak 12778 ft
Peak 12778 ft


Trail on the south side of the lake.

Trail on the south side of kroenke Lake
 


You will soon go above the tree-line. Point 13605 ft to the northeast of Mt. Yale.

Point 13605 ft
Point 13605 ft


Kroenke Lake & Mt. Columbia.

Mt. Columbia and Kroenke Lake
Kroenke Lake & Mt. Columbia


The trail goes through a dense growth of bushes.

Trail acting as stream bed
Trail in the dense bushes


Peak 12955 ft.

Peak 12955 ft
Peak 12955 ft
Peak 12955 ft
Peak 12955 ft


The trail continues onto the 12500 ft saddle.

Trail going to the 12500 ft saddle
12500 ft saddle


At the saddle, head south, leave the trail and hike up the easy grassy slopes.

Grassy northern slopes of Peak 12955 ft
Grassy northern slopes


The grassy slopes.

Grassy northern slopes of Peak 12955 ft
 
Ice Mountain/Three Apostles
Three Apostles
Northern Grassy Slopes
Mt. Harvard
Northern grassy slopes
Silver King Peak


You will find a bunch of boulders on the very top.

Summit of Peak 12955 ft
Summit
The summit of Peak 12955 ft
Summit


Views from the summit.

Turner Peak and Peak 12956 ft
Turner Peak & Peak 12956 ft
Mounts Princeton & Antero
Mounts Princeton & Antero

Mt. Columbia and Kroenke Lake
Mt. Columbia & Kroenke Lake
Mt. Yale
Mt. Yale

Mts. Harvard, Oxford & Belford
Mts. Harvard, Oxford & Belford
Three Apostles
Three Apostles

Mts. Harvard & Columbia
Mts. Harvard & Columbia

Red Tape

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