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Ascent of Peak 13300 on 2020-06-12

Climber: Whiley Hall

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, June 12, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Peak 13300
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:13300 ft / 4053 m

Ascent Trip Report

Sayres BM, 13460, 13300F, & 12601:

It is well worth it to look into other descent options. I have come to expect ugly bushwhacking for lower and lesser visited peaks but the short stretch of forest to reach the road off Peak 12601 was some next level shit. It probably took 45 minutes to move half a mile through the steep and dense down tree jungle, which then gave way to a war with willows. By the time I reached South Fork Lake Creek I jumped into that rusty river with pure joy for reprieve.

This loop seems to have been done by quite a few as a way to snag all 4 peaks in the same day.
From Independence Pass (2wd) follow FS Rd 399 (4wd) through private property until it becomes NF land. The turn for this road is at the Lake Creek Trailhead (used for La Plata). There is no cell service but tons of camping beyond the private property, which is heavy signed and obvious. From where I parked I followed the road to a bridge crossing then the next landmark to pay attention to is a green gate that you can either hop or go around. Wade the river shortly after this gate and continue to follow an overgrown Jeep road. The water was only ankle to mid-calf deep and it was hot out so I didn’t even bother taking off my trail runners.
I cut switchbacks where hard packed/high angle snowbanks were still hanging out. As I reached treeline and passed an old homestead cabin where I left the road and took for the ridge to avoid a few more snow fields. I saw tons of wildlife out here today including a ridgeline coyote that ran away from me as I was running up the road to the saddle between Sayres BM & 13460. It was here where the wild wanderer herself made a guest appearance. We talked about snow conditions & weekend plans for a short bit before going on our separate ways. She was just finishing up her 13er duo as I was just getting started on this pack of peaks (I’m an irresponsible peakbagger and started at like 10 AM).
I decided to go for Sayres first since it was the biggest & farthest peak of the day and was all C2 from the saddle with no notable difficulties. The views of La Plata while working my way towards Sayres were outstanding!
After Sayres I returned to the saddle to continue onto 13460, which has the most interesting ridge of this route. There’s some cool dike-like towers to skirt around, C2 and a little airy at times.
It’s a quick jaunt from 13460 to 13300F, then a steep drop to the saddle with 12601 on a mix of talus and tundra. I stuck to grassy patches for more stability.
Here I mentally mapped my descent from various angles and perhaps it would have been better to stick to the boulderfield to avoid more of that extreme bushwhack through the surprisingly dense forest.
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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Whiley Hall
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