"Phoenix Peak"  
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2017-03-12  Route: West Ridge/slopes
Posted On: 2017-03-15, By: d_baker
Info: Day 1: approach up E Willow Creek (CR 502, N side of Creede). ~4 mi's ~1750' gain Camped just before the Whited Creek crossing. Day 2: hiked up through Phoenix Park to access W Ridge/slopes to summit. ~3mi's (one way) ~3700' gain Conditions Day 1: Road is packed from snowmobile & foot traffic for first several miles, and there was a track going into Phoenix Park. I also knew there would be a "trench" from previous weekend. I intentionally poached it. I set it up that way. Travel to camp was on supportable snow while wearing snowshoes for most of approach. I wouldn't recommend this approach with a winter snowpack after a heavy snow fall. However, it's very spring like down there right now. Day 2: Snow froze overnight, which made for good travel leaving camp and ascending up the W side of Phoenix. Upper mountain (above treeline) is mostly windswept. Coming down was horrific though. Spring slop mashed potato trap door variety of fun. Pack out from camp wasn't a joy either. Treed slopes up to treeline on W side of Phoenix is a workout! But is safe in higher avalanche conditions. 
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2016-10-09  Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2016-10-10, By: RyGuy
Info: The South Slopes route to Phoenix Peak is nearly all dry. A few snow patches near 11,400 in the forest, but that's it. The beavers in the Aspen grove just above Phoenix Park have been busy, which makes the trail a bit of a mess to navigate but nothing crazy difficult. 
2016-09-27  Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2016-09-28, By: desertdog
Info: No snow at all. The trails were easy to follow with plenty of cairns; however, right after the TH sign mentioned by in Roach's description beavers have downed a bunch of trees flooding the trail. Just keep to the left side of the creek for 50 or so yards and you will pick the trail back up. This is good one if you like solitude and big open views! 
2015-06-17  Route: S. Slope
Posted On: 2015-06-18, By: illusion7il
Info: ALL CLEAR !!! Stream crossing is knee deep 
2013-07-21  Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2013-07-22, By: Nathan Hale
Info: Absolutely no snow, and the creek crossings were all easy to manage without getting your feet wet. This is a really pretty route, too. 
2012-08-31  Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2012-09-03, By: TravelingMatt
Info: The directions in Roach‘s 13ers book are spot on. The "crux" is knowing where to make the second stream crossing, which is the first crossing after the signboard. I counted ~400 paces from the signboard to the crossing, which entailed going over several blowdowns. From this crossing it was another ~400 paces to the third crossing, which is the easiest of the three. From there the La Garita Stock Driveway was easy to follow. It is possible to make the second crossing another ~200 paces beyond where Roach says to, but this requires a bit of bushwhacking. 
2012-05-28  Route: La Garita Trail
Posted On: 2012-05-29, By: ChrisinAZ
Info: Summer conditions. La Garita Trail was faint in places, and shortly after the trail sign, the trail stays on the same side of the creek, but crosses a substantial amount of deadfall. Above treeline, snow is minimal and entirely avoidable The mine road closures are still in effect--please see Furthermore‘s TR for excellent directions on how to bypass the closure to reach the start of the climb. 
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