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Peak T - S Traverse Gore Range
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Peak T - S Traverse Gore Range

 
Peak T - S Traverse Gore Range

Page Type: Route

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 27.84189°S / 113.91°W

Object Title: Peak T - S Traverse Gore Range

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Route Type: Hiking, Scrambling

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Time Required: Most of a day

Rock Difficulty: Class 4

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Page By: rockymountaindiva

Created/Edited: Aug 3, 2013 / Aug 5, 2013

Object ID: 859627

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Overview

With panoramic views of meadows, pinnacles, alpine lakes and waterfalls, and class 3 and 4 scrambling on mostly solid rock, the traverse between the Gore Range's Peak T and Peak S is a fun route for those willing to put the effort into getting there.

This traverse can be done in either direction.  Although the author did the traverse from Peak T to Peak S, it is recommended to do it in the opposite direction for 2 reasons:

  1. The climb up to Peak T from the traverse is easier than the descent from Peak T to the traverse route
  2. The descent  to Upper Slate Lake is easier from Peak T
The gully between Peaks R and S can hold snow well into the summer.  

Elevation gain from Peak T to Peak S: 400' - 500'
Distance between Peaks T and S: .6 mile
Time required for actual traverse: 1 - 2.5 hours

Peak T - S traverse route overview
Peak T - S traverse route overview

Getting There

The Slate Creek Trail and Upper Slate Lake can be reached from the Rock Creek, Boulder, or Brush Creek trailheads.  See Getting There for Peak Q (this will be updated when the page for Peak T is added).  Look for good camping directly opposite a narrowing of the lake (N39 44.385 W106 15.876.) This site is one of the few at the lake that is legally far enough from the water for camping. 

To start the traverse you will need to ascend either via the Peak T route or the Peak S route.


Route Description

Looking downhill to the southeast from Peak T.  Along the left side there is a series of exposed ledges.  Descend these until you reach terrain with grass.  A rope was used in the photo below but this route is no more than class 4.  The photo was taken from below the summit of Peak T, which is the rectangular block of rock in the upper left quadrant of the photo.

Descending Peak T
Descending from Peak T

Once on the grass, turn right and traverse west until you are able to work your way down through the grassy area below the summit.  When you are below the rock outcrops that comprise the summit of Peak T, begin your traverse to the WSW towards Peak S.  Continue to follow along or below the ridge, crossing over as necessary. 

The traverse to Peak S
The traverse to Peak S

A view toward S
A view toward Peak S



























After about .5 mile, gain the ridge that ascends to Peak S.   Continue climbing, passing over a fun little knife-edge, and soon you will be on top of Peak S.  As of July 2013 there was a register on Peak S.

Ascending the Peak S ridge
Ascending the Peak S ridge

The knife edge on Peak S
The knife edge on Peak S


Essential Gear

Helmet

Plenty of water

Ice axe (if descending between Peaks Q and R, possibly if descending between Peaks R and S)

Crampons (if descending between Peaks Q and R, possibly if descending between Peaks R and S)

Photo references

Peak T-S traverse photo references 1
Location of photos for Peak T to S traverse (part 1)
Location of photos for Peak T to S traverse (part 2)
Location of photos for Peak T to S traverse (part 2)

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Images

A view toward S