Exploring the Neighborhood – Pagosa Peak

Over the weekendĀ I jumped in the car andĀ headed for the cabin in Pagosa. I didn’t know what the plan would be given the forecast. Didn’t care. Worst case scenario I’d sit in a hammock all weekend, beer in hand, and catch a few sunsets. If I’m being totally honest, I really just wanted to testĀ the new hammock. šŸ™‚

Pagosa Peak had taunted me for all of 2015. I googled it a few times, but info was limited. Coming from Denver I had a hard time just figuring out the forest roads. Not to mention I wanted to hitĀ it in winter and didn’t know whether or not that was even logistically possible.Ā What could oneĀ see from up there I wondered?

Peak:Ā Pagosa PeakĀ (12,640′)
Where: Weminuche Wilderness
Participants: solo

  • August 7, 2016Ā – “Standard” route via the 2WD summer “trailhead” (8,700′): 11.5 miles, 4,000′ gain. (FYI – From theĀ 4WD trailhead (10,170′): 3.5 miles, 2,500′ gain)
  • February 28, 2016 –Ā From the winter road closure (8,200′), then standard route: 16.5Ā miles, 4,500′ gain.
Route Overview – winter and summer. (Click to Enlarge)

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Taj’s Day Off

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Peaks:Ā Spencer Peak (13,087′), Grand Turk (13,160′), Sultan Mountain (13,373′)
Date:Ā October 24, 2015
Trailhead:Ā Little Molas Lake
Distance:Ā ~ 9 miles
Elevation Gain:Ā ~Ā 4,000 ft.
Participants:Ā Taj,Ā Dillon Sarnelli

Route Overview (click to enlarge).
A winter Wemi wonderland. Grand Turk (L) and Spencer Peak (R) in the foreground from the summit of Sultan Mountain. Background – Wemipalooza.

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