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 Peak(s):  Blaurock, Mt  -  13,616 feet
Ervin Pk  -  13,531 feet
 Post Date:  10/23/2011
 Date Climbed:   10/21/2011
 Posted By:  piper14er

 Sawatch Solitude - South/Southwest Ridge     

Mount Blaurock ranked Bi-Centennial #186
Ervin Peak ranked Tri-Centennial #233

5.3 miles roundtrip
3900 feet +/-

Forest Service Road 390 from Highway 24 north of Buena Vista to Winfield then Forest Service Road 390A past the log houses to the right and past the Winfield Cemetery to the south-southwest ridge for Ervin Peak

These rarely climbed peaks lie north of Huron, northwest of Belford and Oxford and east of LaPlata, popular 14ers. Mount Hope (Centennial) and Quail lie northeast with Rinker north and Mount Elbert even farther north

The mileage may be short but there is plenty of variety to the hike/climb as you make your way up and down starting with some easy bushwacking to faint game trails to the Ervin Ridge that has some scrambling and Class 3 on the ridge proper

The traverse to Mount Blaurock is an easier walk up to begin with and then some more ridge scrambling along an undulating ridge that will have you taking about 6 “oh there is the summit” pictures before gaining the actual high point

I parked and started through the trees and up through the small aspens to this grassy opening that lets you peek ahead
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Talus and steeper slopes, you will be gaining from 10,400 feet at the road to 13,400 feet in approximately 1.7 miles
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The point above the Ervin-Blaurock saddle you are heading for, the saddle and Mount Blaurock to the left
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You will follow the ridge and skirt to the right as you look at the next section with Ervin Peak to the right
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A closeup of the summit
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The jumbled rock looks rough but it is easily maneuvered as you head for the point above the saddle
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The south-southwest ridge looking back down
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The start of the ridge as it heads east
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Mount Hope, I believe, further away
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Mount Blaurock back to the west with LaPlata Peak beyond
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The ridge traverse is only about 0.25 miles but it is interesting should you stay on the ridge itself
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A closer look
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A spot along the way
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The ridge will be narrow in other spots and the rock will slope off one side or the other. The second “tower” and tallest one before the summit looks challenging…
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…this is looking down and back after ascending the tower
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This looks ahead from the tower to the gully you may want to use, drop down 30-40 feet…
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…and then up
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The summit with the cleanest, driest and most pristine register I can remember seeing. I was the 7th person to sign the register in 2011 and only the 21st in the 2 1/2 years since the register was placed
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This looks back from the summit to the west
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Mount Hope and Quail
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This parting look is from the point above the Ervin-Blaurock saddle. I dropped down from the Ervin summit and then traversed across the side slope to see how this may have worked should you want to bypass the ridge. You could head directly towards the gully and before the first rib below the summit and past the “tower”. It was loose rock and did not save any time. It is Class 2 however

The rock can be broken and loose. I was making my way back from the summit after dropping back down the little gully. I started back up the “tower” and as I was on a narrow ledge I grabbed for a hand hold and it broke off falling about 20-25 down below me. I was able to push off and forward as the 4’x4’x1’ thick chunk of rock skimmed my back on its way down. Lucky I did not go with it.
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You will drop off the point and down to the saddle, the ridge to Mount Blaurock…
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…continuing along the ridge
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The summit “stick” while looking at LaPlata beyond. The 9th to register in 2011
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South
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I backtracked toward Ervin a short distance and then dropped down this nice soft dirt filled gully…
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…then traversed across to this small ridge between Black Bear Creek and Grey Copper Creek making my way back…
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… dropped off the small ridge to Grey Copper Creek, followed along a small game trail…
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...crossed the creek on another game trail to the left, crossed a road I had crossed over on the wya up and then through the trees for a short way back to my vehicle



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




Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
 


  • Comments or Questions (8)
pak


Hey Piper14er:     2011-10-23 19:29:42
Looks like you are having fun after completing the Centennials - and enjoying the solitude! Glad you here able to maintain control as the 4x4x1 ”handhold” gave way.

Nice pictures and a great report!


Monster5


Nice description     2011-10-23 22:27:15
Great info and glad you didn't suffer any injuries! Escaping a boulder grinding its way down a mountain tends to get the heart pumping.


piper14er


thanks     2011-10-24 06:16:52
yes pak just have to keep moving, so many peaks so little time

not to say that was the first rock to fall while hiking but it was the biggest and closest so far and hopefully the last close one


FireOnTheMountain


Cool     2011-11-04 09:07:12
Nice report, these seem like good winter peaks but I have to look into the trail accessibility. thanks for posting.


Marmot72


great report     2012-10-31 17:49:49
Good info and photos -thanks!


piper14er


welcome     2012-11-01 06:19:43
still should be good info I hope


Jessie_s Dad


Info still good Confirmation     2013-07-15 09:55:29
Thanks Piper14er. I just returned from a trip to Colorado and hiked Ervin with a friend of mine on Friday, 7/12. As I look back on your report now, I see that we followed your ascent route almost to a 'T'. We didn't think so at the time. We were expecting to hit the ridge at the Blaurock/Ervin saddle, but were right where you went. A bit of confusion on our part. It was a steep hard climb with no established path to follow. The way back we descended via Grey Copper Creek. I was only the 2nd to register in 2013. No pen/pencil in register tube, so I left my pen. Maybe others summitted but did not register. Great climb, great views. Not one I will do again though. Glad we had you info or we wouldn't have attempted it.


piper14er


glad the report was helpful     2013-07-15 13:43:08
Congrats



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