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Pigeon & Turret Peaks

 
Pigeon & Turret Peaks

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 37.62740°N / 107.6399°W

Object Title: Pigeon & Turret Peaks

Date Climbed/Hiked: Jun 30, 2007

Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Scrambling

Season: Summer

 

Page By: Brian Kalet

Created/Edited: Jul 3, 2007 / Apr 22, 2013

Object ID: 307531

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Stats

Peak Name
CO Rank
Elevation
Pigeon Peak
57
13972
Turret Peak
89
13835
12940
Unranked
12940

Distance: 9.3 miles
Elevation Gain: 7475'

Pigeon Peak

I camped at the Colorado Trailhead on Junction Creek Road outside of Durango Friday night. Saturday morning I drove into town, picked up my ticket and boarded the 9 am train. The train ride was uneventful but I was able to grab a good photo of Pigeon Peak and Turret Peak just south of Needleton. I got off the train and headed up the Animas River Trail to the Ruby Creek Trail to North Pigeon Creek. I got to the 11,740 foot meadow in North Pigeon Creek in 2 hours. I dropped my overnight gear, pumped some water ate some food and continued up Pigeon Peak's northwest face. There was some snow on route, but was easily avoided. I got to the summit in 4 hours from Needleton.
Pigeon Peak & Turret Peak APigeon Peak & Turret Peak A from Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway

Turret Peak

I descended my ascent route and headed up Turret Peak's northwest face. I ran out of water again. I lost my large bladder and was using a 50 oz one. I also managed to leave all my food at camp. I got to the summit 6.5 hours from Needleton. Turret Peak provides good views of Pigeon's southeast face.
Pigeon PeakPigeon Peak from Turret Peak's Northwest Slopes

12940

12940 on Pigeon Peak's southwest ridge is aesthetically pleasing, so I decided to check it out. From the 12,780 foot saddle south of Pigeon Peak, I climbed the ridge southwest. I initially did a few fourth class moves, but the rest of the ridge was easy second class. The climb to the saddle between both summits was steep and loose. I got to the summit 7.5 hours from Needleton. I got a good shot of Turret Peak from here. I cruised back down to camp descending from the 12,700 foot saddle east of 12940. I got back to camp 8 hours from Needleton, ate, drank and concluded there was nothing else I could climb from there the following day and still make the train. I descended back to Needleton in the morning.
Turret PeakTurret Peak from 12940

Images

Turret PeakPigeon PeakPigeon Peak & Turret Peak A

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