Peak(s):  Turner Pk  -  13,233 feet
Date Posted:  09/08/2020
Date Climbed:   09/07/2020
Author:  bludwig
Additional Members:   Sbenfield
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I wanted to add a trip report because the only ones I could find were up alternate directions or in several feet of snow. This is a great mountain if you want an amazing view with minimal effort. I attached a .gpx file but my app was having issues with recording that day so there are gaps.

We started from the Cottonwood Pass trailhead (note that there is a Day Use lot about a mile down the road with bathrooms, if needed) and crossed the street and started hiking.

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The views are pretty good from the trailhead too. There was a lot of smoke from the wildfires


The hike begins with a very nice trail, for a tiny bit, then you can continue up the first mountain or cut over the pass and work around it. We opted to go over the first one for the sunrise then dropped down into the basin. This went so fast I didn't take any pictures...

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Sunrise from the first "bump" on the route

Once in the basin, we sidehilled the second bump toward the saddle and made our way up.

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We crossed the basin and worked our way towards the saddle, this is easy class 2 with lots of soft grass.
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Another look at the approach, this was very gentle
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The final summit pitch, really easy class 2.
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Looking down at Cottonwood Pass from the summit, the aspens were starting to change and the smoke was getting real bad



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




Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
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