Peak 13253 ft and Lake 12155 ft, east face
Rank: Peak 13253 ft is Colorado’s 439th highest ranked peak.
Peak 13253 ft sits on the Continental Divide in the Sawatch Mountains of central Colorado. It rises at the southwestern end of the Clear Creek Valley near the 14er Huron Peak.
Peak 13253 ft has two summits that have the exact same elevation. These summits are separated by a distance of 0.3 miles and a 13140 ft saddle. To the northwest, Peak 13253 ft is connected to Peak 13235 ft and to the northeast it connects to Granite Mountain. The long southeastern ridgeline of Peak 13253 ft gives rise to several unranked high points before reaching The West Apostle.
To the east of Peak 13253 ft, you will find a small plateau that sits at an elevation of 11800-12200 ft. This beautiful little plateau is known as Harrison Flat and in my opinion is a true paradise. It houses two unnamed lakes: Lake 11909 ft and Lake 12155 ft. In summer, wild flowers appear all over Harrison Flat. The surrounding mountains, including the jagged Ice Mountain and The Apostles create magnificent views.
To reach the summit of Peak 13253 ft, you will have to find your own way. I started at the Huron Peak Trailhead. Instead of following the Huron Peak Trail, I followed much of the trail that goes to the nearby Lake Ann. Before reaching Lake Ann, I left trail and bushwhacked my way to Harrison Flat and Peak 13253 ft (see Route Page for details).
Peak 13253 ft and Lake 11909 ft, east face
PicturesFor more pictures, see the Granite Mountain Page.
On Lake Ann Trail:
Views from the summit: