Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 38.98065°N / 106.5281°W
Additional Information County: Chaffee
Activities Activities: Mountaineering
Seasons Season: Summer
Additional Information Elevation: 13295 ft / 4052 m
Sign the Climber's Log


North face of Peak 13295 ft

Note about name: This peak has no official name.
Rank: Peak 13295 ft is Colorado’s 403rd highest ranked peak.

Peak 13295 ft rises on the continental divide in the Sawatch Mountains of central Colorado a few miles to the south of Route 82. The peak sits at the confluence of 3 valleys and can theoretically be approached via any of them. The valleys include: Sayres Gulch to the north, North Fork of Clear Creek to the east/southeast and Red Mountain Creek to the west/southwest. The first two valleys ultimately drain into the Atlantic Ocean and the last one into the Pacific Ocean. The route described below follows a trail into the upper parts of Sayres Gulch where the trail fades away and you can then hike up the easy northern slopes of Peak 13295 ft to reach its summit.

East face of Peak 13295 ft

Getting There

From Independence Pass on Route 82, drive 9.3 miles east (or 14.5 miles west from junction of Routes 82 and 24) to the “South Fork of Lake Creek Road” (FR 391) (the parking area for La Plata Peak Trail is in the same area). This is a dirt road that is rough with many pot holes but is technically a 2WD road (I drove an SUV and did not need to use 4WD but I would not bring a passenger car here).

Turn onto the South Fork of Lake Creek Road (FR 391) and drive 2.8 miles to a split. Left may be marked for Sayres Gulch. This is the start of the hike. There is room for a few cars to park.

On Sayres Gulch Trail

Route, via Sayres Gulch

Sayres Gulch route to Peak 13295 ftMap

Trailhead Elevation: 10560 ft
Summit Elevation: 13295 ft
One Way Hiking Distance: 4.8 miles per my GPS

Hike the two-track on Sayres Gulch road a short distance to a pedestrian bridge over South Fork of Lake Creek.

Pedestrian bridge

Cross to the south side of the creek. You will note an impressive little canyon below.

South Fork of Lake Creek
South Fork of Lake Creek

The two-track goes through a pine forest and then gets onto an open broad valley. Point 12846 ft can be seen to the south. Later you will see that this point splits Sayres Gulch into an eastern and western branch.

Point 12846 ftPoint 12846 ft

Continuing up the valley.

Sayres Gulch
Sayres Gulch

Peak 13295 ft will now come to view (and soon go out of view again).

First viewof Peak 13295 ftPeak 13295 ft on the right

Star Mountain can be seen behind across the valley.

Star Mountain 12941 ft from Sayres Gulch two-trackStar Mountain

After about 1.7 miles, the two-track ends and you will see a sign for Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. A trail continues up the valley. You can see the east branch of Sayres Gulch with Point 13250 ft rising at the end of it.

Point 13250 ft on the rightThe east branch of Sayres Gulch and Point 13250 ft

Continue on the trail into the west branch of Sayres Gulch.

Sayres Gulch
Peak 13460 ft from Sayres GulchPeak 13460 ft
Sayres Gulch
Lackawanna 13823 ft from Sayres GulchLackawanna

Bushes will come to cover the ground. In places, I had a hard time finding the trail.

Faint trail among the sea of bushesFinding the trail in the bushes

The ground on the left (east) side of the stream may have less bushes. If you lose the trail, you may want to cross to the left.

Crossing the streamCrossing the stream

Continue south up the valley, as you go higher, the bushes go away.

Upper Sayres Gulch
Upper Sayres Gulch
Upper Sayres Gulch
Upper Sayres Gulch

Peak 13295 ft appears again.

Peak 13295 ftPeak 13295 ft

Hiking up toward the 12900 ft saddle between Peak 13295 ft and Point 13172 ft.

Below the 12900 ft saddle
Below the 12900 ft saddle
Below the 12900 ft saddle
Below the 12900 ft saddle

Pond in the snowfield.

Pond in the snowPond in snowfield

At the saddle, Point 13172 and Peak 13232 ft appear.

(R) Peak 13232 ft, (L) Point 13172 ft(R) Peak 13232 ft & (L) Point 13172 ft

Hike up the easy slopes to reach the summit. Views from the summit of Peak 13295 ft.

Red Mountain, Grizzly Peak, Anderson Peak etcRed Mtn., Grizzly Peak
Sayres Gulch, Twining, Geissler, Star Mountain etcTwining, Geissler
Anderson, Prize, Booby Prize etcAnderson, Booby Prize
Jenkins MountainJenkins Mtn.
The other Grizzly PeakThe other Grizzly Peak
Huron, Three Apostles, Sheep Rock etcHuron, Three Apostles
Ervin, Blaumark, Peak 13232 ft, North Fork of Clear CreekErvin, Blaumark
La PlataLa Plata
Lackawanna, Peak 13460 ft etcLackawanna
Red Mountain Creek and Taylor River ValleyRed Mtn. Creek & Taylor River Valleys

Red Tape

No permits or fees required.



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