Peak:  Taylor Mountain A (13er)
 Route:  228 Road (West Spur) to South Ridge
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  TakeMeToYourSummit
 Date of Info:  10/29/2020
 Date Posted:  10/29/2020

I started from the Monarch Mountain Lodge area & headed up the 228 Road. Enough snow was encountered early that any further driving would have been futile. I stuck to the road (I briefly considered the bushwhack to ridge option at the 10,560 switchback) & dropped the 100ish feet to go around the active mine. At the 11,560 switchback I took the "administrative" (I read this sign as a way of keeping motor vehicles away) option & headed for the ridge. The ridge was mainly class 2 with some optional 3 (best option for me to avoid potential snowy trapdoors) all the way to the summit. The snow I encountered over the whole route was typically 2 to 4 inches deep (sometimes ankle deep, not often though) & surprisingly much had melted on my return; the least in the lower(ish) trees (my guess would be due to less wind & thicker shadows). The road had melted a bit more on my return and driving it could shave some distance off in the coming days. Bear in mind that the mud that was revealed was slicker than snot & going off that road would result in a less than ideal remainder of your day. Come prepared for the 4,200 vert & be happy if you can reduce that some!

P.S. - A shout out to CaptCo for posting yesterday. I had originally been planning on some 13ers from near the Winfield area & that would have sucked to add in all those extra miles!

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 Comments or Questions
Thank you
10/30/2020 06:46
Thank you for posting this report... I went there this summer as my first summit hike and did not summit because I was exhausted by the time I made it to 13,000 ft... BUT someone here suggested to drive 228 and right before the active mine pull over and park in a tiny spot on the right as you drop into 228 to cut some time and distance... so I will do that next summer, even though it is a very dusty road and the trucks from the mine were going up and down the whole day I was there. I am sure you had a very quiet day as it is not a very popular route but beautiful as you head up.


Thanks for the report
10/30/2020 06:58
Glad I could help out, nobody likes added mileage ha

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