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San Luis Peak

Stats

Peak Name
CO Rank
Elevation
13300
410
13285
13180
S
13180
13155
519
13155
San Luis Peak
50
14014
Organ Mountain
106
13801

Date: 8/18/2007
Distance: 15.1 miles
Elevation Gain: ~7103'

13300

I camped at the West Willow Creek Trailhead Friday night. I started hiking northeast up the old four-wheel drive road to the 13100 foot saddle on the Continental Divide at 5:24 am. I followed the Continental Divide southeast to 13300. The highpoint is northeast of the point indicated on the map. I got to the summit at 7:46 am.

 
Organ Mountain & 13155, from left to right

13180

I continued northeast on the Continental Divide over abrupt third class terrain. With interesting route finding, I reached the summit of 13180 at 8:00 am.


13180 from 13300

13155

I continued north-northeast on the Continental Divide towards 13155, reaching more third class terrain just below the summit block. I traversed to the north side of the block and climbed solid third class rock. I reached the top at 8:33 am.

San Luis Peak

I descended the summit block by a slightly different route on the north face and followed San Luis Peak’s south ridge to its summit. I reached the top at 9:33 am.


13155 from San Luis Peak's south ridge

Organ Mountain

I descended San Luis Peak’s East Slopes to the San Luis Peak-Organ Mountain saddle and climbed Organ Mountain's west ridge. The ridge was most fun between 13500 and the gash. Avoiding the gash on Organ Mountain's south side was simple. I reached the summit at 10:57 am. I descended the west ridge. Soon after passing the gash, it began hailing. By the time I made it to the San Luis Peak-Organ Mountain saddle, the hail had ceased. I began ascending San Luis Peak's east slopes. The hail started again and was accompanied with strong winds. I reached the summit at 12:32 pm and began descending San Luis Peak's south ridge. I followed the Skyline Trail to just below the 13100 foot saddle, gained the saddle and descended the old four-wheel drive road back to the trailhead completing a 9 hour day.
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