South Gully from Titusville MinePosted On:
2020-09-01, By: supranihilestInfo:
I hiked the road to Titusville Mine and then went up a left angling scree gully to the ridge crest. There are a few different gullies, the one I took is the largest and is right of the old mine entrance. This thing was steep and typical super loose San Juan garbage, and was often two steps forward one step back. The surface scree seemed better than the hardpack. About halfway up it got steep and firm enough that my footing was insecure so I grabbed a couple of dagger-shaped rocks and used them as primitive ice axes to gain a modest amount of traction. Microspikes may be helpful otherwise. Exposure, while somewhat high, likely wouldn't be an issue as a fall probably wouldn't go very far (unless you fell backwards, in which case God help you). From the top of the gully it's a simple hike to the summit.