Mount Kennedy via Lime Mesa

Peak: Mount Kennedy (13,125′)
Date: November 3, 2019
Where: Weminuche Wilderness
Trailhead: (not quite) Lime Mesa (11,040′)
Distance: ~14 miles
Elevation Gain: ~3,000′
Participants: solo
Time: 9 hours

It’s been a long time since I’ve regularly written trip reports. Not sure why that is. Life moves fast! Well, here’s another.

Back in 2017 I hit Endlich Mesa on 2 separate outings, but I’ve never quite made it over to Lime Mesa until this past weekend. I also think this might be my first successful trek into the Weminuche this late in the year, “successful” being the key word.

One note on the Lime Mesa TH. I didn’t actually ever get to the Lime Mesa TH. You don’t actually have to to ever get to the Lime Mesa TH. Your vehicle will thank you for not ever actually getting to the Lime Mesa TH. You don’t even have to slog the last 2 miles on foot to the trailhead. Instead, lose your vehicle at about mile 24 when the road starts to eat it, walk a little further to the hairpin turn (see below), and then begin your journey northeast from there. There’s a solid trail that will eventually link you back up with the Lime Mesa trail and this method might even be shorter.

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Route overview.

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Baldy Cinco Group – In Search of Summer

Peaks: “Baldy No Es Cinco” (13,313′), Baldy Cinco (13,383′), UN 13,162 A, UN 13,510 A
Date: July 14. 2019
Where: La Garita Wilderness
Trailhead: Spring Creek Pass (10,898′)
Route: Ridge traverse returning via Snow Mesa along the Colorado Trail.
Distance: ~15 miles
Elevation Gain: ~4,800′
Human Participants: Dillon Sarnelli
Canine Participants: T. Rex Sarnelli
Time: 8 hours

Map Overview.

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Laboring in the Weminuche: Rock Lake 13ers – by Ben Conners

  • Mount Oso (13,684′)
  • Irving Peak (13,218′)
  • Peters Peak (13,122′)
  • UN 13,222 A
  • “P 3” (13,300′)
  • “P 2” (13,302′)
  • “Mount Soso” (13,417′)
  • UN 13,310
  • UN 13,340

When: September 1 – 5, 2017
Where: Weminuche Wilderness

Laboring in the Weminuche: Rock Lake 13ers – by Ben Conners

Weekend in the Elks – Sleeping Sexton and Co.

Peaks: UN 13,336, UN 13,020 B, Willoughby Mountain (13,142′), UN 13,039, Sleeping Sexton (13,460′)
Date: July 21-23, 2017
Where: Elk Range
Trailhead: Maroon Lake (9,580′)
Participants: Brian Miller, Dillon Sarnelli

Map Overview.

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Wandering the Southern Weminuche

Peaks: Sheridan Mountain (12,795′), Sheep Mountain D (13,070′), Point 13,105′ (aka “Peak 22”), Emerson Mountain – West (aka “Peak 21” – 13,085′), Emerson Mountain – East (13,140′)
Date: July 17, 2017
Where: Weminuche Wilderness
Trailhead: Endlich Mesa (11,600′)
Distance:  ~ 17 miles
Elevation Gain:  ~ 5,000 ft.
Participants: solo
Time: 9 hours

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