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Peak 13232 ft (Allan Lake)
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Peak 13232 ft (Allan Lake)

 
Peak 13232 ft (Allan Lake)

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 38.98629°N / 106.50759°W

Object Title: Peak 13232 ft (Allan Lake)

County: Chaffee

Elevation: 13232 ft / 4033 m

 

Page By: nader

Created/Edited: Jul 7, 2015 / Oct 19, 2017

Object ID: 945464

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Overview

Note about name: This peak has no official name.
Rank: Peak 13232 ft is Colorado’s 453rd highest ranked peak.



West face, Peak 13232 ft at the center of the picture



Peak 13232 ft rises in the Sawatch Mountains of central Colorado near the famous 14ers La Plata and Huron Peak. It sits on the crest of the ridgeline that separates the North Fork of Clear Creek from the East Fork of Sayres Gulch. The 12180 ft high Allan Lake sits to the northeast of Peak 13232 ft. No trails go to or near the summit of Peak 13232 ft. You can however follow a trail to an elevation of 10840 ft up the North Fork of Clear Creek where you will leave trail and find your own way to Allan Lake and then Peak 13232 ft.




East face of Peak 13232 ft


Getting There

The trailhead described here is the same as the 2 wheel drive trailhead for Huron Peak. From Buena Vista, drive 15 mile north (or 19 miles south from Leadville) to Clear Creek Reservoir Road (County Road 390). Drive Clear Creek Reservoir Road 11.7 miles to reach the ghost town of Winfield (this is a smooth dirt road passable by any car). In Winfield, turn left and cross the bridge to reach a parking area.

Route, No trail via Allan Lake

Peak 13232 ft
Map



Place
Elevation
Distance
Winfield Trailhead
10250 ft
zero miles
Leave Trail
10840 ft
3.30 miles
Allan Lake
12180 ft
0.60 miles
Summit
13232 ft
0.40 miles
Total
-
4.30 miles



Note: This is the description of the route that I happened to take. The crux of it is off trail. If you choose to climb this peak, you must be able to find your own way.

The object is to get on the 4WD road that goes into the North Fork of Clear Creek (not the 4WD road that goes to Huron Peak Trail). As you exit the above mentioned parking area, turn right and cross the bridge to get back into the ghost town of Winfield. At the T, go straight. The road turns west into the valley of North Fork of Clear Creek. With 4WD, you can go roughly 2 more miles. Continue hiking this road past Winfield Cemetery to the end of the road. Huron Peak will be visible to the south through the trees.

North Fork of Clear Creek 4WD Road
 
Huron Peak on the far right
Huron Peak


At the end of the road, continue hiking on the trail at the bottom of the valley. Peak 13232 ft will come to view.

Peak 13232 ft on the far left
Peak 13232 ft on the left


The peaks at the south end of the valley can also be seen.

North Fork of Clear Creek
 


Along the length of 4WD road and the subsequent trail, you will cross a number of small streams. One of these is the stream that drains Allan Lake. You must have a good map and be able to identify this stream (Allan Lake will not be visible). This is where I left trail and went directly up the slopes parallel to the stream. The GPS coordinates for where I left the trail are: 38:59.092 North, 106:29.437 West. View of Peak 13232 ft from where I left the trail.

Peak 13232 ft from where I left trail
Peak 13232 ft from where I left trail


The slopes here were sparsely forested. I did, nevertheless, have to go through an Aspen forest.

Finding my way through the Aspen forest
 


I continued up the steep but mostly grassy slopes near the stream.

slopes below Allan Lake
Peak 13232 ft
The stream that drains Allan Lake
 
Ervin & Blaurock Mountains
Ervin & Blaumark
Sparse forest
 
Virgina & West Virginia Peaks
Virginia & West Virginia Peaks
Grizzly Peak
Grizzly Peak
Blaurock Mountan
Blaumark
Peaks at the south end of The North Fork of Clear Creek Valley
 


At around 12100 ft, the slopes began to ease up. Looking down the steep slopes.

From the top of grassy slopes below Allan Lake, Winfield Peak seen
Looking down the steep slopes, Winfield Peak seen


The jagged high points around Allan Lake could now be seen.

The stream draining Allan Lake
 


At 12180 ft, I reached Allan Lake.

Allan Lake 12180 ft
Allan Lake
Allan Lake 12180 ft
Allan Lake


A spot just below the summit of Peak 13232 ft could be seen.

Slopes of Peak 13232 ft from Allan Lake
Slopes of Peak 13232 ft


I then went up the very steep but mostly grassy slopes above the lake.

Steep slopes above Allan Lake
 
Looking down at the North Fork of Clear Creek
 


Looking back 800 vertical feet down at Allan Lake.

Allan Lake
Allan Lake


At around 12900 ft, I reached the top of a rocky ridgeline where the summit came to view.

Peak 13232 ft
Summit


Followed the ridge-top to reach the base of the peak.

The summit of Peak 13232 ft
Base of the peak


Looking back at the ridge-top.

Looking back at the ridgeline I traveresed
Ridge-top


Just below the summit, there was a smooth rock which I could not climb. Had to go behind this rock and do minimal hand and foot climbing to gain access to the top.

Minimal hand and foot climbing below the summit of Peak 13232 ft
Minimal "hand and foot climbing" below the summit


Views from the summit of Peak 13232 ft.

East branch of Sayres Gulch
Sayres Gulch
Red Mountain
Red Mountain

Peak 13295 ft (R) and Jenkins Mountain (L)
Peak 13295 ft & Jenkins Mountain
Grizzly Peak & the south end of the North Fork of Clear Creek Valley
Grizzly Peak

Huron Peak & The Three Apostles
Huron Peak & The Three Apostles
Ervin & Blaurock Mountains plus the North Fork of Clear Creek
Ervin & Blaumark

La Plata & Sayres Benchmark
La Plata & Sayres Benchmark



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Images

Grizzly PeakBlaurock MountanNorth Fork of Clear Creek 4WD RoadSlopes of Peak 13232 ft from Allan LakeVirgina & West Virginia PeaksPeak 13232 ft on the far leftAllan Lake 12180 ft
Peak 13232 ftAllan LakePeak 13295 ft (R) and Jenkins Mountain (L)Huron Peak & The Three ApostlesLa Plata & Sayres BenchmarkThe stream draining Allan LakeAllan Lake 12180 ft
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