Ascent of Treasury Mountain on 2021-07-04
|Others in Party:||Ben Feinstein|
|Date:||Sunday, July 4, 2021|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||13462 ft / 4103 m|
Ascent Trip ReportFrom Crested Butte we drove up Gothic Rd to Schofield Pass, then 317 to reach Paradise Divide. The last 2.5 miles past Schofield Pass to reach Paradise Divide are rough 2wd mid-clearance needed.
Starting our hike from Paradise Divide we took the Yule Pass Trail to reach the saddle between Cinnamon Mtn and Treasury. The Yule Pass Trail was surprisingly loose and exposed with a few damaged areas.
From the saddle you can see much of the route to Treasury and it starts off very gentle and grassy along its wide southeast ridge. The final summit ridge is dramatically different as it narrows and becomes more rocky and exposed with a catwalk finish to the top. The views of Capitol, Snowmass, Hagerman and the Bells are spectacular from this small summit.
Continuing to Treasure Mtn, we decided it would be much more pleasant to backtrack our ridge route off Treasury until we found easy passage southwest on grassy terrain. After returning to the Yule Pass Trail we followed it to a junction with an unmarked and unmaintained trail that leads to Yule Lake (take the right split at this junction). The trail fizzles out and is hard to follow in the second half so just choose the path of least resistance once that happens as you wander though grassy flower-filled ramps and gorgeous rock slabs with small trickling waterfalls.
Once in the upper basin we ascended Treasure’s steep southeast ridge and found a game path halfway up. It was an easy stroll to the summit after this. We contemplated taking a different route down to check out Yule Lake but could see it was quite crowded since it was the 4th of July weekend and instead we simply reversed our route, opting to take a slightly less steep slope back to the Yule Pass Trail to return to Paradise Divide.
From Paradise Divide there is a trail up Cinnamon Mtn but it is discontinuous so we left it for a more direct route to the summit.
After Cinnamon and returning to my truck I filled up on water, food, and changed into shorts ready to charge up Mt. Baldy to finish this day while my partner passed on this bonus 12er. This was by far my favorite of the group! There is a social trail all the way to the summit and it’s incredibly steep and loose to start but once on the ridge it’s a real treat.
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