From \"Phoenix Peak\"Posted On:
2020-10-18, By: supranihilestInfo:
If you like literally miles and miles of tedious, infuriating, exhausting talus then this route is for you. Simply drop north off of "Phoenix Peak" (on which you've already climbed more talus than any reasonable person would say is good) on talus and follow the ridge north for a short distance on talus and then east for a long distance on more talus. Only very brief sections of the ridge contain tundra, the rest is all blocky, angular talus that shifts and rocks around as you walk on it. Did I mention this ridge is like seventy miles long? And that it's all talus? And that to get back you either have to return the way you came over all that talus or you have to drop down a super steep and loose talus gully into Canon Diablo and up 13,015, returning over an even longer talus ridge with five or six talus bumps en route back to the talus king "Phoenix"? Do yourself a favor and do 13,402 and 13,015 from Eddiesville Trailhead instead. We descended "Phoenix"'s standard route via the La Garita Trail, which if you aren't already familiar with the descent to it goes south down talus and grass slopes until you're past some chossy cliffs a couple of miles south of "Phoenix". The other drainages along the way probably don't have trails and definitely would not be as easy to follow back to the approach road.