Date of Climb : 10/01/13
Peaks Climbed :
1) Anderson Pk – 13631’
2) Petroleum Pk – 13505’
Distance : 11.0 miles
Elev Gain : 4533’
Time : ~7.5 hrs, 7am – 2:30pm, Ascent to ridge 2.75hrs, Ridge & 2 Summits 2.75hrs, Descent 2 hrs
Ascent Party : John B. solo.
Fall weather finally arrived! What a perfect October day for a windless ridge walk! The views were amazing!
The start of this hike begins at Tellurium Creek road (584) accessed from Taylor River Rd (742). Great camping areas are available at this TH. I did not drive up the 4WD rd because the 1st mile was very rocky. The crux of the rd occurs at the river crossing where big boulders narrow the rd to super bumpy. Too bad because after that the rd seems fine. It only took 35 min to hike up to the Enterprise Mine rd.
The Enterprise Mine rd is now overgrown but easy to follow. I walked it up to the mine and then one more switchback before deciding to climb the grassy ridge to the county line. If you walk the rd to the end then you end up on a ridge more direct to the summit but all on talus.
The extra ridge line proved to be very worthwhile. Just sheer blissful class 2 climbing/hiking with amazing 360 views including 14ers: Castle Pk, Snowmass Mtn, Capitol Pk, Pyramid Pk, & La Plata Pk, and Centennials: Cathedral Pk & Grizzly Pk.
I headed North off of Petroleum Pk taking a grassy descent that eventually led to an undocumented trail. Luckily, this trail led all the way back to the start of the Enterprise Mine rd. Occasionally the trail was hard to follow, but if you follow my descent track then you end up mostly on trail and no bushwhacking. I think it could get quite swampy in places though in the Spring.
Tellurium Crk TH.
Petroleum & Anderson Pks.
Enterprise Mine grassy ridge SSW of Anderson Pk.
Fun start to ridge.
Looking back along ridge.
Final summit push to Anderson Pk with Petroleum Pk in view.
Anderson Pk summit with view of Grizzly, Garfield, & La Plata Pks.
Looking back along ridge after descent from Anderson Pk.
Nice ridge walk to Petroleum Pk.
View back to Anderson Pk.
Final summit push to Petroleum Pk.
Petroleum Pk TriCentennial summit shot.
Gorgeous view of Snowmass Mtn.
View of semi-forested descent.
A real trail exists!
Enterprise Mine trail (L) junction with road (R).
Tellurium Crk rd (L) junction with Enterprise Mine rd (R).
Tellurium Crk rd crux (bumpy & narrow) river crossing.
Topo Plan & Route. The ascent route is all road up to 12000’, and the descent trail begins at ~12400’, SW of Petroleum Pk’s summit.
GE view. Red is my track.
Overall, a fantastic fun Fall day!
My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):
Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
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