Peak(s):  PT 13,795  -  13,795 feet
"Campbell Creek Pk"  -  13,454 feet
Date Posted:  10/01/2010
Date Climbed:   09/24/2010
Author:  Furthermore
 Handies Less Traveled Neighbors  

Point 13,795
Campbell Creek Mountain 13,454

August 24, 2010
~6.3 Miles, ~3,800 Gain

Staring TH:
Grizzly Gulch, same for Handies.
Ending TH: Base of Campbell Creek Gulch.

After a productive day, and a flat tire, I was looking for something short to do since I had to get home to get my tire fixed. This duo fit the bill. We slept in and I started hiking up the Grizzly Gulch trail at 9:00 AM. What a change to have a nice trail where I followed the trail until ~11,800.

Sunshine from hiking Grizzy Gulch.

A false summit of 13,795.


I left the trail and started my way up the steep slopes towards the unnamed lake at 12,323. Once I reached the lake, I started hiking up loose snow covered talus where it was slow going for the next few hundred feet. Near the upper valley on the north side of 13,795, travel became easier and I headed towards an easy looking snow filled couloir on the northwest side of the summit. The couloir appeared to be the best option for gaining the ridge.

Looking back on the lake at 12,323

The real summit of 13,795

My route up 13,795

Travel up the couloir was slow since the snow was somewhat deep and I didn't have gators. I wasn't quite expecting this much snow. Near the top of the couloir, I was in knee deep snow. Go figure. After I gained the northwest ridge, it was easy class 2 travel to the summit of 13,795 where I arrived at 11:10 AM. Clear skies with excellent views of Half Peak and Handies.

The snow filled couloir

Gaining the rige of 13,795, easy stroll.

Wetterhorn and Uncompahgre

Handies from the summit of 13,795.

Campbell Creek Mountain from 13,795.

Half Peak from 13,795.

My stay on the summit was short and I headed down the class 2 talus southeast ridge. The traverse appeared to be easy with the exception of one short section of ridge. I went over a few towers which went at class 3 until I reached a notch which appeared quite difficult. I checked down 50 feet on the south side of the ridge and things didn't look better. To be honest, I was to lazy too look for an alternative further down on the south side.

Class 3 section of the 13,795-Campbell Creek Mountain traverse.

I returned to the notch, and climbed directly up the headwall. It was about 4 moves of 5.2-5.4 then eased to 10-15 feet of class 4. The rock for the most part was solid and the exposure was minimal; I removed most of the loose junk on my way up. Before I reached the top of the tower, I climbed through a notch and down-climbed a class 4 chimney for about 30-40 feet before I returned to easier terrain.

My route of the of the "bad" notch. 3-4 moves of 5.2-5.4.

Class 4 gully descent after climbing the notch.

Looking back on the hard section of the 13,795-Campbell Creek Mountain traverse.

Once I was back on easy terrain, it was an easy class 2 stroll to the summit of Campbell Creek Mountain where I arrived at 12:15 PM. Excellent views of Redcloud and Sunshine. After a 10 minute break, I headed directly down the north slopes of Campbell Creek Mountain towards Campbell Creek. The gulch was steep after I reached Campbell Creek and within no time I reached the road where I got picked up at 1:15 PM.

Looking toward Lake City from Campbell Creek Mountain.

13,795 from the summit of Campbell Creek Mountain.

North slopse of Campbell Creek Mountain.

Campbell Creek Gulch.

Good aspens.

Route map.

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 Comments or Questions

Nice ...
10/01/2010 15:13
That's neat how you made a loop out of this trip ... we did 13,795 and traversed over to 13,454, then back below 13,795 and down the way we came. That touch of snow had to make it interesting. Beautiful photos. Thanks for posting. Happy trails!

Rich H

i did this years ago...
10/01/2010 16:07
like Presto from Handies along with Whitecross - however, I had my dog with me and she took a fall down off the sub summit 13700 - she knocked herself out and I thought she was dead. I climbed over to her and was shocked when she got up. I carried her 100lbs down Campbell Crk in what turned out to be a very long day of relaying my pack and then climbing back up to carry my dog down... gratz on your trip


I miss those less traveled peaks..
10/01/2010 16:47
..I always enjoy you reports .They take me back.

Two photo coments:

1. You can never tell what you'll hit. the topo (Photo #22) and the views of Cambell from 13,795 (and visa-versa), Photos #11 and #18 bely the difficulties you are about to encounter on the traverse.

2. Tn the fall, especially, there can be HUGE differences in snow accumulation depending on aspect ( see photos #9 vs.#5)

Keep them coming.

San Juan Ron

Great report
10/02/2010 03:45
Interesting factoid about Campbell Creek Peak. It has the greatest drop in elevation of any 13K/14K peak in Colorado 1/2 mile from the summit (south). SJ Ron


10/02/2010 04:48
Thanks for the comments.
Rich- Glad your dog was ok. I don't think I would want to carry a dog down Campbell Creek Gulch.


01/19/2011 03:38
For another solid contribution.

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