Solo big loop of the area, Cunningham Gulch up to PT 12905, then out and back to "Beartown Bald" and followed the Whitehead Trail around the back of the Highland Mary Lakes area to PT 12936, then up the 13109-Whitehead saddle. Followed the ridge from 13109 over Whitehead and Rhoda to Mountaineer and down Spencer Basin. Great way to enjoy a clear day.
Parked on Kendall Mtn rd at intersection with Deer Park rd. Kendall Pk via pass above Titusville mine (nasty steep scree!). Over Pt 13409 (looks harder than it is; head up NW ridge to vertical turret segment and then scramble round to climber's right on to upper reaches of W face) and on over 13434 and Rhoda to Whitehead and pt 13109. Down via the Whitehead trail across Deer Park to the Deer Park rd.
Nice hike with Duchess - we did Whitehead, Mt. Rhoda, and UN 13109. It started to hail, so we banned the continuation onto Kendall Peak.
Fun day at the SP gathering! Thanks for putting up this page.
Thanks for putting the page up Sarah. Had a blast with all my SP friends. Great hike with stupendous views.
This climb was part of the 2010 Summitpost gathering in the San Juan Mountains. Kessler and I decided to join the activity. The group met at 5:45 AM at Silverton. We carpooled to the trailhead, but there was some confusion as to where the trailhead actually was, so we ended up walking some extra distance.
We followed the trail up to near Highland Mary Lakes to where we left the trail and climbed up Whitehead Peak. After climbing Whitehead Peak, we climbed the ridge south over to Mount Rhoda where we all had a short rest. Most people went around the cliffs back to the ridgeline, but Kessler and I climbed down the cliffs directly, just for fun.
The group then climbed over to Peak 13,434 where we had lunch. It was also decision time. There were some poofy clouds to the east, but the wind was coming from the southwest where it was clear. I thought we’d be OK to go on to the next peak (especially since the rest of the ridge was gentle), but was outvoted.
All three peaks we climbed over had some nice views of the more rugged peaks in the San Juans including the Grenadiers and Needles.
After enjoying the views we all headed back down the mountain through the Spencer Basin. I stopped in the Spencer Basin to talk to Aaron and other members of the group, but I had to almost run down the mountain to catch up with my son Kessler. We had made a deal that the last one of us down the mountain was a princess. I guess I can be called Princess Dad for the next little while.
Three down and the weather was getting a little iffy. We bailed on Kendall #4 and went down. Fun day.
Climbed at the 2010 SP summer gathering along with Whitehead Peak and Mt. Rhoda via Highland Mary Lakes and Spencer Basin. This was a great day of perfect weather, wildflowers, and great company!
Joined the gang for a fantastic loop high above Highland Mary Lakes: PT 13109, Whitehead, Rhoda and PT 13434 then back down via Spencer Basin to the cars and off to Silverton.
As part of the 2010 SP Summer Colorado Gathering, we summitted UN 13434 along with Whitehead Peak and Mount Rhoda, making a loop from the Highland Mary / Cunningham Gulch TH.