Mt. Kreutzer 13,095 - with a trip to Tincup.
2.9 miles, 2500 feet.
It was an anniversary camping trip (I will not say how many years my wife and I have been married but it is probably close to, if not more than a lot of you have graced this world).
My wife is very understanding about my hiking/climbing trips (although she tells me I am out of my league when off on a Furthermore adventure) and she was very kind to let me nab one peak.
I planned one short semi-steep hike from Mirror Lake and with the storms thundering all around trying to get to Chalk Rock Mountain was not going to work anyway. I had previously hit the peaks along the ridge to the south.
The drive from St. Elmo is fairly smooth until you get within about a half mile of the pass where it starts to get a bit rocky.
We drove up Friday evening and camped on the St. Elmo side of Tincup Pass. It rained a lot Friday night and all night long with plenty of lightning setting the tent aglow. Saturday morning was socked in.
The wife having fun, I think?
The drive down the other side towards Tincup is a bit rougher and it takes a little time to drive the 3-3 1/2 miles to Mirror lake.
The look up the way toward Mt. Kreutzer from the Mirror Lake parking.
I left the missus’ at the parking area with a few hundred of her closest 4-wheeler, dirt bike and FJ Cruiser friends (ha-ha luckily she didn’t hit me when I got back). She told me she had not seen so much camo wear ever.
I waded through some willows on my way up the drainage. There were several little water features along the way.
This is dubbed “laughing dog falls”.
Mirror Lake from the upper part of the drainage.
A bit of blue over unranked 13,065.
I did not get too many pictures as I was hurrying along due to the rain and thunder. It took me 1 hour 20 minutes from the lake at 11,000 feet to 13,065 feet, about 1 mile and then another 20 minutes or so to get from 13,065 the 0.6 miles, dropping 300 feet and then gaining the 350 feet to the summit of Mt. Kreutzer.
The descent route. I dropped in a straighter line off the summit, angling back towards the lake. I was doing pretty well until I cliffed out just above the elevation of the lake, for a short time, before working my way back to the drainage. It took approximately 50 minutes to get down.
We drove on over to Tincup and spent a nice Saturday night in a friend’s cabin.
Mt. Kreutzer and Napoleon Peak from the cabin, I believe.
…and now some pictures from Tincup…
If you get to Tincup you should visit the cemetery as it is a picturesque place to see. We were there on a very interesting Sunday morning when the weather was somewhat unsettled.
Well known residents of Tincup laid to rest here.
Eleanor wrote a nice bio on the late and famous resident back in the late 1800’s early 1900’s “Frenchy”. Napoleon known as “Frenchy” owned and operated a saloon back in the gold rush days. Amazingly there were twenty five saloons at the time. Two of his saloons burned down in 1906 and 1913. He had to be rescued from the 1913 fired and did not recover passing away shortly thereafter.
A closer walk with thee…
Winging their way to the sky…
I imagine someone remembers…
Is this little guy/gal praying?
Bows and flows of angel hair…
We took the road (765) to Taylor Reservoir as a change from the way in. Cottonwood Pass road heads east from Taylor Park from the north end of the reservoir over the pass at 12,100 feet. The road heads down into Buena Vista past 14er trailheads Denny Creek and Avalanche gulch. This is a busy road.
My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):
Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
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