Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 37.98400°N / 106.9653°W
Additional Information County: Saguache
Activities Activities: Hiking
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Additional Information Elevation: 12580 ft / 3834 m
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12580 summit12580 summit with San Luis in the background
12580 is an unnamed 12er located in San Juan Mountains near the historic town of Creede. I normally would not create a page for an unnamed 12er, but this is a peak I would take friends out of shape and children up for an easy hike, this is a peak I would not mind coming back to,c especially when I get older. The peak provides fantastic view of 14er San Luis Peak. There is sort of a trail all the way to its summit, the infamous San Juan scree terrain is minimal here. Access is along Colorado Trail and in this section also Scenic Continental Divide Trail. If 12580 is your only objective, the outing is short (very kids friendly). I chose to combine it with 13020 (unranked), Baldy Lejos and 13111 for a pretty easy loop. 

Why unnamed 12er? There are many unnamed peaks in Colorado, there are simply just too many peaks. Colorado has 676 ranked 12ers = peaks > 12,000 feet (=3657 meters), 584 13ers = peaks over 13,000 feet (= 3962 meters),  and 54 14ers = peaks over 14,000 feet (= 4267 meters). 

La Garita Wilderness spans 129,626 acres within Gunnison and Rio Grande National Forests. La Garita means "the overlook" in Spanish. It has only one fourteener San Luis Peak 14,014 feet. Many trailheads open approximately 175 miles of trails. About 27 miles of the Colorado Trail and Continental Divide National Scenic Trail follow the divide through La Garita Wilderness. 

Colorado Rank: 946 (Peak baggers in Colorado usually start with 14ers, then 13ers and as an obscession continues they move onto highest 1000 peaks in Coolorado). 

Class: easy class 2 

Parent Lineage: Line Parent 13300 Proximeate Parent 13111

Wilderness: La Garita

Getting There

West Willow Creek Trailhead: located only about 9 miles north of historical town of Creede. Drive to Creede via CO 149. turn right onto Main Street and drive north through the town to join Loma Ave/Road 503. This section of the road is well maintained 2 WD dirt road. At 4.8 miles continue straight on 503 at a large intersection with Bachelor Road. Just past the intersection there should be a sign for Equity Mine. At 7.1 miles turn left on 503, signed for West Willow Creek Trailhead, and the from here you need 4WD vehicle. At 8.2 miles the road switchbacks down and crosses a creek. And at 8.7 miles you reach the trailhead. There are few campsites, and a small stream, no toilet facilities. The trail is starts here, and provides connection to Colorado Trail. 


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Follow the trail as it gently ascents up towards San Luis pass and once at the pass you will get a view of this peak. I followed Colorado Trail as far as I could and after leaving the trail, I traversed across meadows towards the peak. Going was very easy. At a steeper section below the summit, there was some stable scree/talus with a trail in it. Return the same way. There is a small cairn at its summit and glass summit register. The views of 14er San Luis Peak are fantastic. Good peak for older people - gentle on knees. 

Red Tape

Hiking, climbing, camping are all free. Wilderness rules do apply. Leave No Trace have seven standards: 

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

When to Climb

Summer and early autumn are the easiest. Winter means a longer approach and avalanche danger. Early spring still has a lot of snow and no access to the 4WD West Willow Creek TH.


Wilderness camping is available just below the peak and along Colorado Trail. I camped at the West Willow Creek Trailhead. Basically, you can camp anywhere in the National Forest. 

External Links

12580 on List of John