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 Peak(s):  Pigeon Pk  -  13,972 feet
Turret Pk A  -  13,835 feet
 Post Date:  07/29/2011
 Date Climbed:   07/24/2011
 Posted By:  piper14er

 Jagged Mountain Pigeon Peak Turret Peak Part 3     

My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):




… Pigeon and Turret report from Part 2 continued in Part 3…

Part 3

…continued from Jagged Part 2

A picture of the No-Name Creek Ruby Creek Pass to Pigeon and Turret taken on our way back down to camp at 10,760 feet.
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Let the bushwacking begin.
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After some bushwhacking we made our way basically into or next to the creek. We made a direct ascent up the creek, with some weaving back and across the creek to a point above the drainage that leads to the southeast. We left the creek and headed uphill and to the left. We emerged form treeline and this is looking ahead.
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Looking to the pass.
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Pigeon and Turret from the pass at 12,700 feet.
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Monitor Peak.
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We descended to the west towards Ruby Creek. Looking back towards the pass.
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The meadow in Ruby Creek with the trail heading off to the left below the cliffs.
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Flowers. The grass was as high as our thighs and wild flowers were everywhere.
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Saddle between Pigeon and Turret.
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Turret Peak.
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Pigeon from Turret ridge.
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Turret Peak.
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View from the summit.
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Pigeon from Turret.
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The V-notch Class 2+.
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Heading down and towards Pigeon camp.
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The small saddle you cross through.
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Looking down the scree towards the meadow below the southwest Pigeon slopes.
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Rock and flower.
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A goat.
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Looking up at the steep slopes with Pigeon upper right.
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We started at 4:00 am and made it to about 13,300 feet from the meadow at 11,700 feet before the morning light had illuminated the remaining route. We actually were a ways to the left of the loose, gravelly trail. We had stayed on the grass slopes. We waited about 25-30 minutes for daylight before heading across, contouring up to 13,700 feet and hitting the top of the rubble filled and loose gully.

The rock above the gully at the base of Pigeon Peak.
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Looking down at Scott from the lower part of the climb and from above the short Class 4. Really not difficult.
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Looking up at the Class 4 section and above.
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Summit picture.
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We summited at 6:30 am. The trip down, we followed the standard way going down the gulley and following the trail. I think that the way we went up was better than the one step forward slide back a half step hiking that the trail would have been. We avoided the gulley, going up too. The contour across to the top of the gulley going up was along mostly grass covered ledges, Class 2 with a few easy Class 3 moves.

We hiked out from the meadow at 11,700 feet to Needleton along the North Pigeon Creek Trail. It was a fairly unpleasant hike from 11,200 feet to the intersection of this trail with the Ruby Creek Trail at 9,800 feet or so. There is a trail leaving the meadow but it quickly goes away and then not much of anything until the Ruby Creek Trail. I would not recommend it.

The remaining hikes was along a decent trail as you cross N. Pigeon Creek and make your way back to “Camper’s Meadow” and then the Needleton bridge.

We got on the train at 11:47 am and went on to Silverton, rather than wait for the 4:00 pm train heading back to Durango. Once in Silverton we took a bus back to Durango to the train station and the car. Buses leave Silverton at 2:15, 3:00 and 3:30 pm if you can get on one. You can make a reservation that way instead of riding the train back. The bus ride is less than an hour and a half but does cost $17 more.



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  • Comments or Questions (6)
d_baker


Big D     2011-07-29 15:30:28
Good luck on the Big D, and I do mean Dallas! Nice work Al, and congratulations on getting the weather window down in the Needles!


vonmackle


Great series of reports.     2011-07-29 18:37:59
Well done. Nice photos. I especially like the view of Sunlight and Windom from the Jagged report. I need more time off...


Chinook



Beautiful     2011-07-29 20:07:38
I couldn't think of a better pic to sum up the San Juans than this one you took from the summit. Awesome!


piper14er


thanks     2011-07-30 21:28:29
the San Juans are amazing, just about anywhere you look you can get a postcard picture...

...and there are so many peaks that you can do


Adventurgal


Congrats     2011-07-31 08:18:18
Al,
Thanks for the TRs - awesome pics and details. I need to snag Jagged, but unlike you will bring a rope I'm finally at Centennial countdown - 10 to go.


piper14er


Jagged     2011-08-01 06:11:43
have fun with Jagged

we had a rope and equipment just felt comfortable not using it



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