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Ascent of Ute Peak on 2016-04-24

Climber: Dustin Erickson

Date:Sunday, April 24, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ute Peak
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:9979 ft / 3041 m

Ascent Trip Report

I came from the north as in Eric Kassans description. It is a little difficult to locate the road after turning off in the appropriate spot as there is a gravel pit or something that has plowed dirt in the way, but a trail has developed to get around that, once in the pit, drive to the top where ever you can and drive through the bulldozed mess, the trail was still there when I was there. I drove to the gate and camped, not a spectaacular camp, but it worked, there is a much better one just off the road and up the steep hill that you drive to get here, it is close to the road, but nobody can see you. The gate was more than a little shut, with some barbed wire needing to be peeled back to gain entry. It doesn't look like this route is driven often and is very rocky, a Subaru Outback can barely make it. I followed Kassans route and it works with minimal brush, but it is not a classic. The talus sections are uniquely awkward on descent as this particular talus is like dinner plates stacked upside down on each other and they incessantly will slide out. Fortunately I had a lot of snow to glissade on. It is a steep route, the views on top a great, Shiprock, Navajo, La Sals, Abajos, and Wilson and the San Juans. The valleys were green with spring when I came and it was gorgious out. No register on top. I made my way to mount Taylor later this day and on the return trip I was able to better appreciate the unique layout of this "Sleeping Ute". The toes are classic. What an interesting layout and the Ute Peak is certainly the most domelike of the laccolith domes that make up the scattered ranges throughout here and Utah.
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