Peak:  Unnamed 13626 (13er)
 Route:  From Cottonwood Lake Campground
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  supranihilest
 Date of Info:  05/23/2020
 Date Posted:  05/24/2020
 Details

We had to bushwhack a bit along the creek from the campground to find a crossing, and it was on private land, but there's a huge tree with the branches sawed off that makes for an easy crossing. There are umpteen million no trespassing signs, same for once you're on the abandoned road. The road is easy though in disrepair. At the end of the road near the derelict cabins there's a trail that cuts right. We took that until it ran out on the steep slopes above then just bushwhacked to treeline. There was some snow, and it helped to stick to the ridge's east flanks to avoid it; beware, the flanks are steep and loose. Once above treeline the peak is obvious high and to the left. There's a ton of Class 2 terrain en route, and some minor Class 2+ scrambling, mostly on solid rock. Exposure is minimal, in any case, so just keep on huffing up this monster. We encountered several snowfield crossings on the ridge top; snow was firm but did not require traction or an axe, but be very careful nonetheless as a slip could be your last. We went over to Point 13,317 so I can't speak to conditions over to Princeton, down Grouse Canyon, etc.



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