Cottonwood Peak Climber's Log

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Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Nov 24, 2019 9:23 am Date Climbed: Nov 23, 2019

west ridge  Sucess!

Via Valley Hot springs trail and then off trail in a snow. Long day with breaking the trail in a fresh deep snow.


theREALCarpeDM - Aug 15, 2018 10:46 am Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2018

West ridge with Pt 13,123B  Sucess!

I guess the typical west-side outing -- up the Hot Springs trail to the west ridge of Cottonwood, over to Pt 13,123B (with gathering storm clouds on a 60% chance day), and down the Garner Creek trail. I re-sprained my ankle about 2 miles before getting back to the car, otherwise a great hike!


seano - May 19, 2016 12:23 pm Date Climbed: May 17, 2016

West ridge  Sucess!

A quick half-day beating a gloomy forecast. A few slush-drifts below treeline, then nicely wind-packed snow on the ridge. I would have continued on the loop south had I been able to see any of it from the summit. Trip report.


astrobassman - Sep 13, 2015 9:40 am

Nice Spring Outing  Sucess!

My dad was in town visiting for a few days so we decided to take a road trip and explore the San Luis Valley. The first night we stayed at the Valley View Hot Springs, and the next day I got up early and climbed Cottonwood from the cabin. It took about 7 hours and was a nice solo outing with great views. Memorable weekend for me.

Brian Kalet

Brian Kalet - Aug 11, 2014 2:06 pm Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2014

6 Peaks  Sucess!

With Thirsty Peak, Eagle Peak, 13123, Wulsten Baldy & 12780.


chicagotransplant - Oct 20, 2008 10:16 am Date Climbed: Oct 18, 2008

Long Loop  Sucess!

Climbed with Kiefer in combination with PT 13123B, Thirsty, Eagle A and Lakes via the Hot Springs Trail in and Major Creek Trail out. Long day indeed, TOPO! clocked it at 18 miles and 8100' vertical.


Kiefer - Oct 19, 2008 6:15 pm Date Climbed: Oct 18, 2008

West Ridge Loop  Sucess!

Hiked in via the Valley View drainage with ChicagoTransplant and combined it with 13,123, Thirsty Peak, Eagle Peak and Lakes Peak. Hiked out via Major Drainage (short for Major pain-in-the-ass drainage). A long day.


SarahThompson - Apr 14, 2008 12:00 pm Date Climbed: May 13, 2006

Hot Springs Canyon approach  Sucess!

Hiked up the Hot Springs Canyon Trail, loop over Cottonwood, UN 13123 & unranked Thirsty Peak, and descended Garner Creek Trail to TH.


DharmaBum1984 - Feb 2, 2008 12:06 am Date Climbed: Mar 4, 2007

Hot Springs Canyon/West Ridge  Sucess!

Fun early spring snow slog on the West Ridge, and a cold night at 13k.

Eric Holle

Eric Holle - Sep 6, 2007 9:23 pm Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2007

Hot Springs/Garner Trail  Sucess!

Hiked in Hot Springs trail and up the West Ridge of Cottonwood. I continued in good weather over Pt 13,123 and pressed on to Thirsty Peak. Thirsty marked a milestone for the year being the 75th summit attained since the first of the year. After Thirsty Peak, I cruised over to Lakes Peak, down the west ridge to the saddle and into and out the Garner Trail back to my truck and a cold Dale's Pale Ale. I ran into Rick on the trail and had some great conversations early in the morning and late in the day.


km_donovan - Jun 5, 2006 2:41 am Date Climbed: Jun 2, 2006

North Ridge  Sucess!

Climbed from the Coverdale Basin


jordancl - Jul 20, 2005 6:12 am

Route Climbed: Own Route Date Climbed: January 1, 04  Sucess!

My best day on a mountain.


JonBradford - Nov 9, 2003 9:37 pm

Route Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: May 25, 2002  Sucess!

Excellent early season climb! I realy enjoyed this mountain even though I was chased off the summit by hail. Eagle Peak to the east is still on my to do list. Hot Springs Canyon is an intimate introduction to the norther Sanges (although not as sweet as the Wild Cherry Creek drainage). My main complaint about Cottonwood is it isn't composed of Crestone Conglomerate. It is a most excellent mountain though!

Along with me were my dogs Raymond and Sopris.

Jon Bradford


RyanS - Jun 2, 2003 2:57 pm

Route Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: May 18, 2003  Sucess!

A sketchy day, but we managed to bag Cottonwood and its unnamed neighbor.

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