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Peak 13295 ft

 
Peak 13295 ft

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 38.98065°N / 106.5281°W

Object Title: Peak 13295 ft

County: Chaffee

Activities: Mountaineering

Season: Summer

Elevation: 13295 ft / 4052 m

 

Page By: nader

Created/Edited: Jul 14, 2015 / Oct 20, 2017

Object ID: 946179

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Overview


North face of Peak 13295 ft




Note about name: This peak has no official name.
Rank: Peak 13295 ft is Colorado’s 403rd highest ranked peak.



Peak 13295 ft rises on the continental divide in the Sawatch Mountains of central Colorado a few miles to the south of Route 82. The peak sits at the confluence of 3 valleys and can theoretically be approached via any of them. The valleys include: Sayres Gulch to the north, North Fork of Clear Creek to the east/southeast and Red Mountain Creek to the west/southwest. The first two valleys ultimately drain into the Atlantic Ocean and the last one into the Pacific Ocean. The route described below follows a trail into the upper parts of Sayres Gulch where the trail fades away and you can then hike up the easy northern slopes of Peak 13295 ft to reach its summit.



East face of Peak 13295 ft

Getting There

From Independence Pass on Route 82, drive 9.3 miles east (or 14.5 miles west from junction of Routes 82 and 24) to the “South Fork of Lake Creek Road” (FR 391) (the parking area for La Plata Peak Trail is in the same area). This is a dirt road that is rough with many pot holes but is technically a 2WD road (I drove an SUV and did not need to use 4WD but I would not bring a passenger car here).

Turn onto the South Fork of Lake Creek Road (FR 391) and drive 2.8 miles to a split. Left may be marked for Sayres Gulch. This is the start of the hike. There is room for a few cars to park.


On Sayres Gulch Trail
 

Route, via Sayres Gulch

Sayres Gulch route to Peak 13295 ft
Map


Trailhead Elevation: 10560 ft
Summit Elevation: 13295 ft
One Way Hiking Distance: 4.8 miles per my GPS



Hike the two-track on Sayres Gulch road a short distance to a pedestrian bridge over South Fork of Lake Creek.

Pedestrian bridge
 


Cross to the south side of the creek. You will note an impressive little canyon below.

South Fork of Lake Creek
 
South Fork of Lake Creek
 


The two-track goes through a pine forest and then gets onto an open broad valley. Point 12846 ft can be seen to the south. Later you will see that this point splits Sayres Gulch into an eastern and western branch.

Point 12846 ft
Point 12846 ft


Continuing up the valley.

Sayres Gulch
 
Sayres Gulch
 


Peak 13295 ft will now come to view (and soon go out of view again).

First viewof Peak 13295 ft
Peak 13295 ft on the right


Star Mountain can be seen behind across the valley.

Star Mountain 12941 ft from Sayres Gulch two-track
Star Mountain


After about 1.7 miles, the two-track ends and you will see a sign for Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. A trail continues up the valley. You can see the east branch of Sayres Gulch with Point 13250 ft rising at the end of it.

Point 13250 ft on the right
The east branch of Sayres Gulch and Point 13250 ft


Continue on the trail into the west branch of Sayres Gulch.

Sayres Gulch
 
Peak 13460 ft from Sayres Gulch
Peak 13460 ft
Sayres Gulch
 
Lackawanna 13823 ft from Sayres Gulch
Lackawanna


Bushes will come to cover the ground. In places, I had a hard time finding the trail.

Faint trail among the sea of bushes
Finding the trail in the bushes


The ground on the left (east) side of the stream may have less bushes. If you lose the trail, you may want to cross to the left.

Crossing the stream
Crossing the stream


Continue south up the valley, as you go higher, the bushes go away.

Upper Sayres Gulch
 
Upper Sayres Gulch
 
Upper Sayres Gulch
 
Upper Sayres Gulch
 


Peak 13295 ft appears again.

Peak 13295 ft
Peak 13295 ft


Hiking up toward the 12900 ft saddle between Peak 13295 ft and Point 13172 ft.

Below the 12900 ft saddle
 
Below the 12900 ft saddle
 
Below the 12900 ft saddle
 
Below the 12900 ft saddle
 


Pond in the snowfield.

Pond in the snow
Pond in snowfield


At the saddle, Point 13172 and Peak 13232 ft appear.

(R) Peak 13232 ft, (L) Point 13172 ft
(R) Peak 13232 ft & (L) Point 13172 ft


Hike up the easy slopes to reach the summit. Views from the summit of Peak 13295 ft.

Red Mountain, Grizzly Peak, Anderson Peak etc
Red Mtn., Grizzly Peak
Sayres Gulch, Twining, Geissler, Star Mountain etc
Twining, Geissler
Anderson, Prize, Booby Prize etc
Anderson, Booby Prize
Jenkins Mountain
Jenkins Mtn.
The other Grizzly Peak
The other Grizzly Peak
Huron, Three Apostles, Sheep Rock etc
Huron, Three Apostles
Ervin, Blaumark, Peak 13232 ft, North Fork of Clear Creek
Ervin, Blaumark
La Plata
La Plata
Lackawanna, Peak 13460 ft etc
Lackawanna
Red Mountain Creek and Taylor River Valley
Red Mtn. Creek & Taylor River Valleys

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Images

Jenkins MountainLa PlataPeak 13295 ft from upper Sayres GulchRed Mountain, Grizzly Peak, Anderson Peak etcPeak 13295 ft (R) and Jenkins Mountain (L)On Sayres Gulch TrailPeak 13460 ft from Sayres Gulch
South Fork of Lake CreekUpper Sayres GulchStar Mountain 12941 ft from Sayres Gulch two-trackSayres GulchSayres Gulch route to Peak 13295 ftSayres Gulch, Twining, Geissler, Star Mountain etcFaint trail among the sea of bushes
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