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Peak 13070 ft (Pomeroy/Grizzly Lakes)

 
Peak 13070 ft (Pomeroy/Grizzly Lakes)

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 38.63303°N / 106.33304°W

Object Title: Peak 13070 ft (Pomeroy/Grizzly Lakes)

County: Chaffee

Activities: Mountaineering

Season: Summer

Elevation: 13070 ft / 3984 m

 

Page By: nader

Created/Edited: Sep 17, 2011 / Jan 22, 2014

Object ID: 746903

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Overview


Peak 13070 ft & Grizzly Lake, NE Face


Rank: Peak 13070 ft is Colorado’s 595th highest ranked peak.
 
Pomeroy & dwarfed pines
Peak 13070 ft & Pomeroy Mtn
 
Pomeroy & 13070
Peak 13070 ft & Pomeroy Mtn

Peak 13070 ft rises in the Sawatch Mountains of central Colorado near the ghost town of St. Elmo in Chalk Creek Valley. Peak 13070 ft is connected to the following peaks:
-Pomeroy Mountain to the southwest
-Chrysolite Mountain to the north
-Grizzly Mountain (indirectly) to the east

The beautiful Pomeroy Basin sits to the west and northwest of Peak 13070 ft. This basin houses the Upper and Lower Pomeroy Lakes (12250 ft & 12020 ft) plus a number of smaller ponds. A four wheel drive road starts in Chalk Creek Valley and goes up to end at a spot near the Lower Pomeroy Lake. From the end of the road, Peak 13070 ft can be climbed via its boulder covered northern ridgeline or western slopes.

An equally beautiful basin that houses the 11180 ft high Grizzly Lake (plus the smaller nameless Lake 12100 ft) sits to the east and northeast of Peak 13070 ft. A different four wheel drive road goes from Chalk Creek Valley to end at Grizzly Lake. From the lake, I was able to reach the summit of Peak 13070 ft but this required much bushwhacking (see Route page for details). I chose to descend via Pomeroy Basin.



Peak 13070 from near Lower Pomeroy Lake, NW face











(L) Peak 13070 ft & (R) Pomeroy Mtn
Peak 13070 ft & Pomeroy Mtn
NE Face
NE Face of Peak 13070 ft
Boulder Field & Peak 13070 ft
NE Face of Peak 13070 ft


Getting There








Bushes, Grizzly Lake & Peak 13078 ft
Peak 13078 ft & Grizzly Lake
Bushwhacking
Bushwhacking
NE Face
Bushwhacking


Directions to Mary Murphy Mine/Pomeroy Lakes Road

From the town of Buena Vista drive 8 miles south on Route 285 to a place known as Nathrop and then turn west onto Route 162. Drive this road 15.3 miles to just before the ghost town of St. Elmo (the first 10 miles are paved and the rest is a well graded dirt road).

Turn left onto Route 295. This road is rougher but is still passable by most/any car (I prefer a high clearance SUV or similar vehicle). Continue 2.7 miles until you see a detour around an old decaying railroad bridge. Right after the detour, you will see a sign for the road to Mary Murphy Mine (& Pomeroy Lakes). This is your trailhead. Be ware that the detour around the railroad bridge is quite steep and rough and will probably require a four wheel drive vehicle. Without 4WD, you can start your hike just before the detour (only a few hundred feet longer).

Directions to the Grizzly Lake Road

From the town of Buena Vista drive 8 miles south on Route 285 to a place known as Nathrop and then turn west onto Route 162. Drive this road 15.3 miles to just before the ghost town of St. Elmo (the first 10 miles are paved and the rest is a well graded dirt road).

Just before turning left onto Forest Road 295 (to the ghost town of Hancock), you will see a parking area. If you plan to hike the Grizzly Lake Road, you must park here. To reach the Grizzly lake Road, hike onto Forest Road 295. The first road on the left goes to private property. The second left is Grizzly Lake Road. Distance from parking area is 0.40 miles.



Lower Pomeroy Lake

Red Tape

No fees or permits for day hikes. For other regulations, see the site for San Isabel National Forest.





Grizzly Lake & Mt. Yale

Weather Forecast

See the forecast for the nearby town of Buena Vista.




Lake 12100 ft

External Links

Read about Driving Mary Murphy/Pomeroy Lakes Jeep Trail.

Read about Driving Grizzly Lake Jeep Trail.





Upper Pomeroy Lake & Pomeroy Mountain

Images

Lower Pomeroy LakePeak 13070 ft & Grizzly LakeNW FacePomeroy Mtn & Upper Pomeroy LakeLake 12100 ftGrizzly Lake & Mt. Yale(L) Peak 13070 ft & (R) Pomeroy Mtn
Ridgetop & Peak 13070 ftBushes, Grizzly Lake & Peak 13078 ftNE FaceBushwhackingNE FaceMapBoulder Field & Peak 13070 ft