|Route:||from Lily lake TH|
|Range:||Sangre de Cristo|
|Date of Info:||07/14/2020|
I passed under this peak on the east side back in 2011, not knowing anything about it (we were off route trying to get to Lindsey). Well, it was finally time to stop orphaning Huerfanito. We had a free morning before a short backpack in the afternoon and this peak fit the bill. I haven't been on the road to the TH since May of '15 and it changed quite a bit, and not for the better. The road to the Aspen River ranch is still great and an easy 2WD. After that it definitely gets rougher with a few large potholes and many sharp rocks. Saw another car in the process of changing a flat. I elected to leave my Subi just below the Huerfano 2WD TH, but my partner's bigger truck had no issues with the road to the upper TH although it was a slow going.
The hike itself was quick and easy. We took the Lindsey trail to above the treeline and gained the west ridge, which was a little loose, but manageable. The summit ridge doesn't exceed Class 2 and is an easy stroll with great views. We thought of exploring the North ridge features, but it looked loose and unpleasant, so we quickly scree skied on the east side and traversed to the grassy shoulder. It was a pleasant stroll back to the Lindsey trail and the truck.
Would definitely combine this peak either with Lindsey or with Huerfano/Iron Nipple to save on the tedious and time consuming drive to the TH.
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