Peak(s):  Centennial Pk  -  13,062 feet
Date Posted:  07/05/2007
Modified:  07/26/2010
Date Climbed:   07/04/2007
Author:  Matt
 The one and only Centennial  

With July 4th falling midweek in 2007, I had just one day off work to play, and I planned on making the most of it. Bag a peak, head to Telluride to pick up a gift, cross Ophir Pass to Silverton in time for the fireworks show, and make it home in time to be coherent at work the next morning.
Looking around the area, Centennial Peak (CP) fit the bill. While not a "centennial" in terms of elevation, this is the true Centennial peak of Colorado. Originally named, "Banded Mountain," it was renamed in July of 1976 to commemorate both the US bicentennial and the Colorado Centennial. Enough history...
CP lies in between two better known mountains.
Hesperus Mountain (Dibé Nitsaa), 13,232 ft, is sacred to the Navajo, marking the northern boundary of their territory.

The Sharkstooth, 12,462ft

The hike starts at the Sharkstooth TH, about 20 miles from Mancos. It follows a wide, well marked trail, starting in lush spruce forest, crossing small creeks, past a mining operation that's been revived by LNT miners ( per the USFS), and passing treeline to the Sharkstooth/Centennial saddle in two miles.

At that point, I took a right, and started heading up the last 0.7 miles of talus, tundra, and more talus, to the summit.


Once on the summit, I was treated to views of the San Juans that I'd never considered:

Lizard Head:

You can see the Wilsons, Sneffels Range, Needles, etc., from angles unique to me, at least. Durango was hidden, but Ft. Lewis College, up above town, is visible, as is Lavender Peak, which looks like fun...

I was shaken from the summit reverie when I realized that the little storm cloud I saw about 1/2 hour before had grown up fast.


So, I headed down. leaving the Sharkstooth for another lazy day.
Another shot of Hesperus

Fireworks in Silverton (plz forgive the low-quality pic )

Not a bad day, eh?

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 Comments or Questions

Sweet trip del_sur!
07/18/2007 22:23
Way to make the most of the holiday! Those are some sweet pics of the San Juans, congrads on summiting also!


Good Show!
08/28/2008 00:37
Your fireworks photo turned out much better than mine lol. Need to work on that I guess. Nice report on a special mountain!


not a bad day at all
11/30/2010 17:28
nice shots with the clouds and the grand finale fireworks show, I wish I had climbed a 14er instead of bbq'ing and getting in trouble w/ johnny law. nice TR, I too enjoyed the distant shots of the Needles and Lizard Head.

02/05/2011 00:22
Nice TR! Hesperus looks pretty cool. Great views of the San Juans from there. I need to go back.

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