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    Bushnell

    Peak Name
    Fremont County Rank
    CO Rank
    Contiguous US Rank
    Elevation
    Galena Peak
    8
    1027
    >1000
    12461'
    12620
    7
    917
    >1000
    12620'
    Mount Otto
    6
    745
    >1000
    12865'
    Bushnell Peak
    1
    565
    737
    13105'
    Twin Sisters South
    -
    -
    -
    12730'
    Twin Sisters North
    3
    632
    834
    13012'
    12924
    5
    699
    935
    12924'
    Red Mountain
    4
    641
    849
    12994'
    Hunts Peak
    2
    594
    775
    13071'
    12401
    9
    1071
    >1000
    12401'

    Date: 6/18/2011
    Distance: 15.5 miles
    Elevation Gain: ~9000'
    Participants: Brian Kalet, Steve Knapp & Mike Rodenak

    Steve and I met Mike at Poncha Pass on Friday night, then dropped his vehicle close to the North Decker Creek Trailhead.  We couldn't make it all the way because of a large, fallen tree blocking the road.  We then continued up to Hayden Pass.  The road is mostly good with a section about 1 mile long that is loose and has a couple of minor rock obstacles.  We camped at Hayden Pass and started hiking towards Galena Peak at 6:07 am Saturday morning.  We found an old road that took us quite high on Galena, but eventually had to travel cross-country to the summit.  The wind was blowing quite hard from the southwest for the majority of the day.  The hike was primarily one long class 2 ridge.  We would regroup on each summit and refuel.  The decision-making we needed to do primarily consisted of deciding whether to climb over the many bumps along the way or sidehill around them.  Finally, we made it to the last peak of the day 12401.  From here, we descended west down an avalanche path to the North Decker Creek Trail and finally back to Mike's vehicle roughly 12.5 hours after starting.  In retrospect, it might have been easier to descend in a more northwesterly direction, or even ascend Simmons Peak, and meetup with the Simmons Peak Trail instead of descending the steep talus directly off of 12401.  I ran out of food and water during the drive back to Hayden Pass.  Thanks to Mike for the cheese and chocolate covered raisins on a couple of the summits and to Steve for organizing the trip!

    Galena Peak from Hayden Pass.  Photo: Mike Rodenak

    Galena Peak from its south ridge.  Photo: Mike Rodenak

    Looking north from Galena Peak.  Photo: Mike Rodenak

    Villa Grove from Galena Peak.  Photo: Mike Rodenak

    Galena Peak and southern Sangres from 12620.  Photo: Mike Rodenak

    12620's northeast face.  Photo: Mike Rodenak

    Bushnell Peak.  Photo: Mike Rodenak

    Pikes Peak from Bushnell Peak.  Photo: Mike Rodenak

    San Luis Valley from Bushnell Peak.  Photo: Mike Rodenak

    Stout Creek Lakes from Twin Sisters.  Photo: Mike Rodenak

    Bushnell Peak from Twin Sisters South.  Photo: Mike Rodenak

    Looking north from Twin Sisters North.  Photo: Mike Rodenak

    Looking south from Red Mountain.  Photo: Mike Rodenak

    Hunts Peak from Red Mountain.  Photo: Mike Rodenak

    Looking south from Hunts Peak.  Photo: Mike Rodenak

    Mount Ouray from Hunts Peak.  Photo: Mike Rodenak

    12401.  Photo: Mike Rodenak

    Looking towards Salida from 12401.  Photo: Mike Rodenak

    Steve descending steep talus towards the avalanche path and North Decker Creek Trail.  Photo: Mike Rodenak

    12401 from the vehicle.  Photo: Mike Rodenak

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