Ascending Adobe Peak from the west
This is a decent, shorter outing (assuming the Forest Service access roads are snow-free and passable) that leverages existing footpaths to a very brief bushwack to the Adobe Peak summit. The elevation gain is mostly gradual and the route is heavily wooded much of the way for shade from the sun.
About 3 miles
About 950 feet
Aspen Meadow, Adobe Peak
• Follow Hwy 96 west from Pueblo to MacKenzie Junction through the scenic Hardscrabble Canyon
• Continue another 6 miles turning right / north at County Road 271
• Continue on CR 271, which begins trending eastward, for roughly 6 miles to FS 274
• Follow FS 274 east up Willow Creek for approximately 2 miles to a sharp turn where you will find parking
• Follow a use trail up Willow Creek (you do not have to follow the road to its north!) for roughly 1 mile until it intersects with a dirt road again.
• Follow this road trending south-southeast to the intersection of dirt FS 336.
• Soon Adobe Peak should be seen due-north through sparse timber
• Ascend the sparsely-timbered, grassy south slope to the summit where a large, red summit cairn awaits.
Adobe Peak Summit
• Trail and Area Maps: Trails Illustrated has yet to cover this lovely area. Useful maps include: The USGS Hardscrabble Mountain Quad (for detailed navigation) and the San Isabel National Forest area map.
• Colorado Gazetteer or similar roadmap illustrating county roads
• Compass or GPS
• Water and snacks
• First aid kit