Peak(s):  Savage Pk  -  13,139 feet
Jenkins Mtn  -  13,432 feet
Grizzly Pk E  -  13,281 feet
PT 13,140 A  -  13,140 feet
Post Date:  08/11/2013
Date Climbed:   07/26/2013
Posted By:  piper14er


 Sa-watching - Homestake and Pieplant  

July 26, 2013
Savage Peak (Elevation 13,139 feet)
Sawatch Mountain Range
Anderson Peak CO Peak Rank: 537
39.38036°N, 106.52038°W

Mileage: 7.6 miles
Trailhead at parking for Missouri Creek from Homestake Road south of Minturn off of Highway 24
Vertical: 3100 feet.
Roundtrip Time: approximately 4.5 hour’s roundtrip


Hiking along the trail/creek.
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I followed the trail to approximately 11,400 feet where I turned left and up the moderate slopes to the ridge. I went around the rock band to the south side of the ridge and on to the peak.

Savage Peak.
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The ridge.
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A few of the old log structures in the meadow at Pieplant.
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Map of route (starts at Waypoint 531 and heads west).
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July 27, 2013
Jenkins Peak (Elevation 13,432 feet)
Grizzly Peak E (Elevation 13,281)
Unnamed 13140A
Sawatch Mountain Range
Jenkins Peak CO Peak Rank: 299 (Bi-Centennial)
38.96511°N, 106.54299°W
Grizzly Peak E CO Peak Rank: 415
38.94244°N, 106.5220°W
Unnamed 13140A CO Peak Rank: 533
38.95539°N, 106.52653°W

Mileage: 7.5 miles
Trailhead at gate (more or less or just head through Pieplant)
Vertical: 4400 feet.
Roundtrip Time: approximately 7 hour’s roundtrip


Directions: from Buena Vista head west over Cottonwood Pass to Taylor Reservoir. Turn north on CR 742 then right on RC 742.8 (said 742SD as I recall). Follow the road until you get to the end of the road at the Town of Pieplant (4 miles and go through a gate that has a sign asking to keep the gate closed. Plenty of camping and dirt bikes.

Hazy looking at the lake in the morning.
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Sweeping slopes.
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Avoid the first rocks you see by skirting below the ridge until you make it to the end where the summit is. This will save some time and loose rock.
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Approaching the summit
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Summit.
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Views.
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The route to Unnamed 13140A was straight along this ridge. Starts nicely...
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…and then it gets rough.
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and rougher...
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This is looking back along ridge, stay to the south side as the north side gets dicey.
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The summit of Unnamed 13140A with Grizzly Peak E beyond.
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The rough ridge doesn’t let up as you head towards Grizzly Peak.
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I had had enough at that point so I dropped down a gulley and headed straight at Grizzly Peak E.
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Butterflies.
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I skipped all that part of the connecting ridge opting to lose some elevation and regain it.
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The ridge.
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The summit.
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I did not like Grizzly Peak E much, loose rock not much to look at from the top and a lot of loose rock (oh I said that once). I headed west off the peak and did not like that rock either, tedious, so I cut back the other way and headed for a dirt gully that actually comes off the top (angles right across slope).
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I dropped down to nice grass, crossed a few rocks to grass and a slight trail. The return took us past this old log cabin.
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My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):




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  • Comments or Questions
bergsteigen


Rough Ridge
08/12/2013 16:29
No one seems to like that ridge after 13,140! I dropped off it as well to go to Grizzly. I bet your dog had an interesting time with it, though maybe 4wd helped on the looser sections!


piper14er


4wd
08/12/2013 23:30
bergsteigen, she picks her own route a lot of the time so does really well, she did not have any trouble with this one, not as much as I did,
yep dog 4wd in the summer and built in crampons in the winter


Presto


Butterflies ...
08/13/2013 14:51
They have been fantastic this year ... maybe it has something to do with the rain we've had this season, but the flowers are going strong too! Hoping to get Savage Peak and Fancy Pass Peak this fall. You're certainly racking up the numbers. Thanks for posting. Happy trails!


piper14er


the dog and butterfly
08/14/2013 02:52
into the air they like to fly

thanks



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