Sewanee is a jagged peak that rises in the Sawatch Mountains of Central Colorado near the town of Buena Vista. Walls and steep rocky slopes surround Sewanee on all sides. Although lower than some of its neighbors, rugged appearance gives Sewanee much prominence among the local peaks.
West face of Sewanee from Lower Hancock Lake
The 12150 ft Chalk Creek Pass separates Sewanee from the 13369 ft Monumental Peak to the southeast. Chalk Creek Pass forms the headwaters of Chalk Creek, a beautiful valley that traverses the width of the Sawatch Mountains and at its lower end separates the Fourteeners Mt. Princeton from Mt. Antero as it drains into the valley of the Arkansas River. The Upper and Lower Hancock Lakes (11740 and 11660 ft) sit directly to the north of Chalk Creek Pass.
To the north, Sewanee is connected to the 13151 ft Pomeroy Mountain. On the east side of Sewanee, you will find a picturesque basin that houses several lakes including the North Fork Reservoir, Billings Lake and Island Lake.
Despite its intimidating appearance, Sewanee can be climbed via a non-technical route. From the ghost town of Hancock in the upper parts of the Chalk Creek Valley, you can hike past the Hancock Lakes to reach the chalk Creek Pass. Climbing a very steep rocky slope will get you to the top.
From Chalk Creek Pass
From the narrow summit of Sewanee, much of the local mountains will be in good view.
Views from the summit of Sewanee:
North Fork Reservoir
Directions to the ghost town of Hancock:
From the town of Buena Vista drive 8 miles south on Route 285 to a place known as Nathrop and then turn west onto Route 162. Drive this road 15.3 miles to just before the ghost town of St. Elmo (the first 10 miles are paved and the rest is a well graded dirt road).
Turn left onto Route 295. This road is rougher but is still passable by most/any car. Continue 2.7 miles until you see a detour around an old decaying railroad bridge (The detour is rather steep and the road beyond it is much rougher. I did not need to use 4 wheel drive but I will probably not drive this road in anything less than an SUV). Continue another 2.8 miles to the remains of the old mining town of Hancock.
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