Peak(s):  Chipeta Mtn  -  13,472 feet
Chipeta Mountain - 12850
Date Posted:  11/25/2012
Date Climbed:   11/23/2012
Author:  piper14er
 Marshall Pass  

8.3 miles
5+ hours
2600+ feet (not including 400-500' of up and down along ridge)

Marshall Pass Road is south of Poncha Springs 5 miles +/- and a right turn off of Highway 285 (signed). The road is marked with signs as you head west, bear right at less than two miles and then another 10-11 miles to the pass. The parking is before the pass and where the Colorado Trail crosses.

Although it is late November the road to Marshall Pass was mostly dry with just the last few miles having a few inches of packed snow. Thanks to a trailhead report by BobbyFinn I made the decision to head that way and grab Unnamed PT 13,472.

There was not much snow in this drought year and warm November.

The road is smooth (only a few small rocky stretches) and it is not steep. I parked at the Marshall Pass trailhead and headed as straight as possible towards the ridge proper. I found tracks in the light snow (probably BobbyFinn on the way to Mt. Ouray) and even a few cairns that marked the way (no trail).

This is a nice fairly mild slope up through the trees to above timberline.

The ridge heads directly north and passes the west ridge that would lead you to Mt. Ouray. I had previously summited Mt. Ouray a few years back from the north, accessing the peak from Highway 50 west of Poncha Springs. I remember it was deep snow in late spring. The west ridge looked a bit easier especially starting this high.

The rest of the ridge is straight forward but undulating. It is broad and generally grassy. There are a few ups and downs along the way. The summit seems close, then farther away as you negotiate the last false summit.

It was a nice day with only a 15 mph breeze mostly. It is a longer ridge run and might not be as pleasant with a lot of wind as is the case generally.

The ridge takes you over unranked Chipeta Mountain at 12,850. There is a cairn and wood post marker there.

Nice views of Mt. Ouray and the Marshall Pass area.

Unnamed 13,472 is a rather isolated peak with Mt. Ouray being it's closest and higher neighbor about 3 miles away as the ridge runs (1.93 miles as the crow flies).

A map of the route (also see gpx). Unnamed PT 13,472 is cut off but the blue symbol at the very top of the map marks Chipeta Mountain. The ridge drops 200 feet +/- before a rocky section that gains 800' +/- to the narrowing ridge and the summit.

The ridge north from the point where the west ridge to Mt. Ouray intersects the divide. This is at about 12,500' so another 1400 feet or so and what looks like a decent ridge to Mt. Ouray.

Unnamed PT 13,472 from Chipeta Mountain.

Mt. Ouray from the summit of Unnamed PT. 13,472.

We can backtrack to the start and add a few more pictures of the route.


A cairn through the trees.

Treed slopes.

Mt. Ouray from treeline.







The Marshall Pass area as seen from above treeline next to this cairn.

My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
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 Comments or Questions

11/25/2012 19:31
to see your getting out.


picking off some easier ones last few weeks
11/25/2012 22:28
8-11 miles, 3-4k
weather has been good and not much snow

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