Peak(s):  "Anderson Pk"  -  13,631 feet
"Petroleum Pk"  -  13,505 feet
Date Posted:  06/17/2013
Date Climbed:   06/15/2012
Author:  Summit Lounger
 Anderson Peak from the south  

I didn't start today until 10:00am. I was tired from Pt. 13,631 and Electric Pass pk. yesterday, and decided to camp at the Cathedral Lake TH, then drive up Lincoln Cr. today to the trailhead for Anderson pk. The road is not too rough, but 4wd is needed in a few spots.

Anderson pk. as seen on the dirt road approach.

The Lincoln Cr. crossing. It is best to park 100' past the creek crossing. Past the parking the road gets steep and is blocked by a gate in 200yds.

View of Anderson pk. from Anderson Lake

The TR's I read all went up the slopes to the north of the peak on easy terrain, then traversed south to the summit.

What about the east ridge? It looked interesting from the lake. Could I bail to the south if the ridge did not go? I like doing a circuit vs. out and back anyway. So why not?

Close up of the north face/east ridge as an option.

I started up the scree slopes towards the ridge. Soon I was on top of the first tower contemplating life. Some days are just not meant to be. The terrain ahead on the east ridge looked to hard and committing for me today. Some times one needs to suck it up and listen to your body and brain. So it is on to the scree slope on the south side of Anderson Pk.

First view of the fun ahead. No trails here.

And another view.

A look back at the "fun" scree/talus slope I traversed.

The summit above.

I traversed over to the south ridge, and then a short climb to the summit.

Looking south from the summit.

And north.

The Elks.

Sweet looking coullior.

Any trip with these is a good one.

North to Petroleum Pk.

A look back at the ridge from the summit of Petroleum Peak

The descent back to the trailhead was straightforward. No surprises, accept for the great views of Anderson Peak.

A close up of the terrain on the North face of Anderson Peak

Cabin on the way out

Interesting history sign



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 Comments or Questions

I spy
06/18/2013 10:04
I might have to repeat ”Anderson” some day via one of those couloirs! They look like fun.

Good to see a report from Mr. Stem Cell.

later Greg!

Kevin Baker

Same route
06/18/2013 18:34
That's the same route Anna and I did last summer. We bailed off that east ridge after the first tower too. Anderson is one cool Sawatch bi!


Mighty fine looking mountain!
06/19/2013 01:42
Loved your first shot of Anderson with it's rugged slopes and ridges! Looks like a fun ridge loop! Thanks for bringing it to my attention!


Ah just saw this.
02/02/2015 01:42
Steve and I took the E Ridge some years ago. I remember a few low 5th dihedrals on the ridge with a few bypasses to the S available. Lots of choss. At the E Ridge summit headwall, we followed a narrow ledge right around to one of the north ridges/gully systems (your photo 6). Loose, perhaps 5.0. The headwall direct appeared to be moderate 5th at the easiest. Either way, nice TR. Fun area. The Truros weren’t bad either.

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