Across the summit boulder
East-southeast of the tiny little hamlet of Tarryall, Colorado, is UN 9752. Rising above Thorpe Gulch to the south and Weber Park to the north, this little mountain sits alone at the eastern edge of the Puma Hills. Relatively sparse trees near the summit allow for great views of the surrounding Tarryall Mountains and Puma Hills neighbors. The mountain is surrounded by dirt roads and thus highly accessible, but with no trail to the summit, expect quiet and solitude.
The Tarryall Mountains
highest peak in Colorado
Rank & Prominence: Lists of John
Getting There & Northeast Ridge Route Map
This peak sits less than 2 miles as the crow flies (and roughly 3.25 miles road miles) west-southwest of the small town of Tarryall, Colorado. On 77 just south of the town, take CR 31 southwest to CR 650 / FS 231
From CR 650 FS 231, turn right on a dirt road possibly marked FS 231B (but unmarked on my visit). Note that this road continues to a campsite due east of the summit, though this road does not appear on any map I reviewed. Parking is available at the campsite near the USGS benchmark at 8963 ft (on flat ground).
From parking, head northwest up a broad gully toward a saddle. Turn southwest along the northeast ridge of UN 9752 to reach the summit plateau. The summit is in a jumble of boulders on the western end of the mostly wooded plateau.
Alternately, continue on CR 650 / FS 231 another 2.5 miles to FS 232 (turn right) to FS 232B (turn right).
USGS Summit Marker UN 10982 from UN 9752
There is little red tape governing recreational use in this part of the Pike National Forest and there is no fee to access this area. Adhere to LNT (Leave No Trace) principals, observe fire ban when in effect and do not harass wildlife or allow your pet to do so.
Northeast from summit
On the summit of UN 9752 Puma Hills neighbors
There is plenty of rustic 4x4 camping in and around this peak on Forest Service roads, available on a first come, first served basis. Most notably, there is a hunter’s camp at the base of the North East Ridge route. Haul your own water, pack out your trash and take care of food and human waste.
Designated National Forest Service Sites The National Forest Service has a large selection of campgrounds in and around the Lake George area.
|Campground Name||Elevation||Sites||Nightly Rate||Reservations?||Notes|
|Blue Mountain||8,200 ft.||21||$12||Yes||Less than 3 miles as the crow flies from the summit of Blue Mountain near Lake George. |
|Spruce Grove||8,600 ft.||27||$12||No||Let the gurgling Tarryall Creek sing you to sleep.|
|Twin Eagles||8,600 ft.||9||$8||No||Must haul or purify drinking water.|
|Happy Meadows||7,900 ft.||8||$12||No||Situated along the South Platte River.|
|Round Mountain||8,500 ft.||16||$12||Yes||Drinking water, vault toilet and trash pickup.|
|Springer Gulch||8,300 ft.||15||$12||Yes||Situated within the Elevenmile Canyon; water, tables, fire grates.|
|Riverside||8,000 ft.||19||$12||Yes||Situated within Elevenmile Canyon; large grassy meadow with little shade.|
Weather & Seasons
Badger Mountain from UN 9752 Southeast from UN 9752
|In the summer, the dirt roads surrounding this peak will likely be busy with 4x4 and ATV traffic. In the winter or early spring, approaches may be longer, but when snowed-in, the dirt roads could provide a smooth, white carpet perfect for a relaxed cross-country ski or snowshoe romp. Fall will bring cooler temperatures and more slender crowds, plus the added bonus of bright golden aspen. |