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.
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.
With Thirsty Peak, Eagle Peak, 13123, Wulsten Baldy & 12780.
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.
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.
Hiked up the Hot Springs Canyon Trail, loop over Cottonwood, UN 13123 & unranked Thirsty Peak, and descended Garner Creek Trail to TH.
Fun early spring snow slog on the West Ridge, and a cold night at 13k.
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.
Climbed from the Coverdale Basin
My best day on a mountain.
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.
A sketchy day, but we managed to bag Cottonwood and its unnamed neighbor.