Peak:  Cirque Mountain (13er)
 Route:  West Ridge
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  TravelingMatt
 Date of Info:  09/28/2018
 Date Posted:  09/28/2018

From the toilet (lower 4wd trailhead) at 11,300' in Yankee Boy Basin, walk the road for about ¼ mile. Leave the road and tack northwest towards the gully between Kismet and Cirque. (Not NNE into the Cirque/Teakettle gully!) The route starts on gentle terrain, then steepens, then around 12,700' you run out of grass. A use trail exists through the scree but good luck walking up it. Ridge is generally a walkup to the summit with one or two short, slightly loose class 2+ segments. Point 13500 can be bypassed to the north (left). The western summit is probably the highpoint but the eastern summit offers better views of the ridge over to Teakettle. Traverse between summits has slight 2+ near col. From the Governor Basin turnoff it took me 2½ hours to summit, and from the toilet I summited in just under two.

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 Comments or Questions
Sweet Hike
09/28/2018 16:07
Looks like a cool hike. I'll have to give this one a try. Thanks for the report.


09/29/2018 17:44
It's probably the easiest peak in Yankee Boy Basin, either that or Gilpin, but I'd say the scree on Gilpin was worse.

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