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(WINTER) HOLD ON! If you don't have much high-elevation, winter climbing experience, be careful in your planning and take a partner. All 14er routes are more difficult and more dangerous in winter.
From the multiple track junction just over the summit of Carson Pass, head west on the 4WD track that goes almost directly west, cutting a swath through willows. It is possible to drive all the way up to another intersection at about 12,800 feet where the road forks. If you want to keep things sporting start from Carson Pass. Most healthy hikers should be able to make the summit in an hour. At the intersection at 12,800 feet, follow the right fork which will eventually play out into a vague trail that will lead through rubble to the summit. You could also just ignore the road and hike directly up the ridge to the summit from where the roadbed clears the willows. The summit had several cairns and stone structures to break the wind.
Enjoy a pleasant view looking back down to the pass and surveying any number of other 13ers located close by, such as Carson, connected by ridge to the west, or Coney BM to the east, across the pass. This is all typical San Juan scenery. You may also want to consider following the connecting ridge on over to Carson. There are no difficulties in doing so if you hike on the south side of the ridge crest. We have Carson written up as part of a backpack trip into the Pole Creek headwaters above Cataract Lake. If you do include Carson with Bent from Carson Pass, the one-way mileage over to Carson is 1.5 with 675 feet of additional gain, and then the return trip will add 3.3 more miles with an additional 200 feet of gain. This assumes dropping south off Carson to the Colorado/CD Trail and following it back to the pass.
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