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Venable Peak, Comanche Peak, Spring Mountain, 12873, Round Mountain, Bull Domingo Hills, Beckwith Mountain & Democratic Mountain
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Venable Peak, Comanche Peak, Spring Mountain, 12873, Round Mountain, Bull Domingo Hills, Beckwith Mountain & Democratic Mountain

 
Venable Peak, Comanche Peak, Spring Mountain, 12873, Round Mountain, Bull Domingo Hills, Beckwith Mountain & Democratic Mountain

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Object Title: Venable Peak, Comanche Peak, Spring Mountain, 12873, Round Mountain, Bull Domingo Hills, Beckwith Mountain & Democratic Mountain

Date Climbed/Hiked: Jul 16, 2011

Activities: Hiking

Season: Summer

 

Page By: Brian Kalet

Created/Edited: Jul 22, 2011 / Jul 22, 2011

Object ID: 731036

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Stats

Peak Name
CO Rank
Contiguous US Rank
Elevation
Venable Peak
367
474
13,334'
Comanche Peak
418
535
13,277'
Spring Mountain
443
573
13,244'
12873
736
991
12,873'
Round Mountain
3142
>1000
8709'
Bull Domingo Hills HP
3174
>1000
8675'
Beckwith Mountain
3273
>1000
8549'
Democratic Mountain
3281
>1000
8540’

Distance: ~18 miles
Elevation Gain: ~8000’

Peaks

Steve Knapp had contacted me earlier in the week and wanted to meet up to climb some 13ers. We decided on the northern Sangre de Cristo Mountains since we knew the snow would be minimal there and was also not too far from Denver. We met in Lone Tree, Colorado at 4:30 am and drove to the Venable/Comanche TH just outside of Westcliffe, Colorado. We started hiking a little after 7 am and both agreed an earlier start would have been desirable, since it was so hot, but waking up at 3 am was early enough for me.

The good trail leads all the way to the Comanche Peak-Spring Mountain saddle, where we left our packs for the quick jaunt up Comanche Peak. We returned to our packs, then continued onto Spring Mountain. Then we descended south off of Spring Mountain to regain the trail, then followed the trail to the Venable Peak-Spring Mountain saddle and continued cross country to the summit of Venable. Next, we descended north to Venable Pass and picked up an old trail that contoured quite nicely towards 12873. We dropped our packs at the saddle above Venable Lakes and made the quick hike to the summit of 12873. We returned to our packs and descended down to the Venable Lakes on easy terrain. Steve went for a swim while I continued down to the TH.

We drove back to Westcliffe where we refueled the vehicle and ourselves, then drove up County Road 253 to its end. We hiked up Bull Domingo Hills Highpoint from here. The heat was intense on this hike. Next, we drove to the intersection of County Roads 251 and 255. We hiked to the summit of Round Mountain from here. Luckily, the cloud cover grew and the winds picked up, which provided us some relief from the high 80 degree temperatures. We drove back into Westcliffe to grab dinner, then drove up a road only shown on some maps nearly to the summit of Beckwith Mountain. This was a cool summit with blocky rocks. Finally, we drove up County Road 29 to where an old road is shown on the map. We were unable to locate the road from here, so we parked at a windmill and hiked to the summit, finding the old road en route.


Comanche Peak from the trail. Photo: Steve Knapp


Comanche Peak from the saddle. Photo: Steve Knapp


Venable Peak from Spring Mountain. Photo: Steve Knapp


12873 from Spring Mountain. Photo: Steve Knapp


Venable, Comanche, Spring & 12873 Map


Bull Domingo Hills Highpoint Map


Round Mountain Map


Beckwith Mountain Map


Democratic Mountain Map

Images

Comanche Peak

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Sarah SimonI know...

Sarah Simon

Hasn't voted

...when I see 15 peaks in the title of a TR, it's got to be you.

Looks like "fun."

Cheers,
Sarah
Posted Jul 22, 2011 3:33 pm

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