Peak(s):  "Anderson Pk"  -  13,631 feet
"Petroleum Pk"  -  13,505 feet
Larson Peak - 12,908 feet
Date Posted:  07/28/2013
Modified:  08/06/2013
Date Climbed:   07/21/2013
Author:  piper14er
 Sawatch Peaks - Lincoln Creek Road  

Anderson Peak (Elevation 13,631 feet)
Petroleum Peak (Elevation 13,505 feet)
Larson Peak (Elevation 12,908)
Sawatch Mountain Range
Anderson Peak CO Peak Rank: 179 (Bi-Centennial)
39.0122°N, 106.6299°W
Petroleum Peak CO Peak Rank: 252
39.0244°N, 106.6489°W
Larson Peak CO Peak Rank: 708
39.0328°N, 106.6350°W

Mileage: 7.5 miles
Trailhead at gate 10 miles (1hr 20min) from Highway 82 along Lincoln Creek Road (west side of Independence Pass)
Vertical: 3500 feet.
Roundtrip Time: approximately 5 hour’s roundtrip

Directions: from Aspen go east on Highway 82 to the right turn onto Lincoln Creek Road, from Independence Pass go west past Lost Man trailhead parking area to the left turn.

“I got rippling waters to wake me
To the morning, my woman and love
Our tall pine trees are pointing us easily to heaven above
Blue spruce flaming on the grate in the evening
Takes the chill away fine
Cut the telephone line and the story's the same.”

“And you make me feel fine
Warm as the mountain sunshine
On the edge of the snowline
In a meadow of columbine…”

The wife wanted to go to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band concert in Montrose on Friday night so we headed down for an enjoyable evening remembering a number of their old tunes and realizing I had purchased their 1971 “Will the Circle be Unbroken” album just a few years after its release.

We toured the Black Canyon of the Gunnison and made the trek from there along the West Elk Loop through Aspen and then Lincoln Creek Road. The road isn’t so much rocky as it is strewn with potholes so it is a slow drive. There is designated camping for the first 6 plus miles to the lake (actually no camping from mile 3 to the lake, which I had not known). We grabbed the last camp spot (#12) as it getting later and set up camp. There is camping anywhere you might want after the lake (which I had not known).

I got up early on Sunday morning and made the 45 minute drive to the gate. There is a sign for Anderson and Petroleum at the right turn.

After hiking up to the lakes here is the first view of Anderson Peak.

I turned right at the lake and headed to Larson Peak first.

Larson Peak.

Petroleum Peak.

Passing through the many wildflowers I headed for this saddle.


Short rocky ridge to Larson Peak.


Truro Peak and West Truro.

Petroleum Peak.

Anderson Peak.

Petroleum Lake.

I dropped off of Larson Peak and headed towards Petroleum Peak.

Larson Peak to the left and the slightly lower tower to the right.

Petroleum Peak and the ridge I took to the summit.

Once again looking back at Larson Peak and Truro Peak.


The ridge to Anderson Peak.



A good ridge run to the summit of Anderson Peak. I then backtracked a ways to a nice gully to down climb (see gpx).

A look up the moderate gully.

This is a picture of the steep gully that Furthermore (see his report) used to exit the ridge. I opted to take the easier one farther back even though it added an extra 15-20 minutes to the route in order to avoid the ice/snow on the gully closer to Anderson Peak.

A final look at the many wildflowers up in the basin, worth a look.

After making it back to the basin I headed straight and crossed over my track going up.

I definitely plan to return soon for the Truro, Tellurium, et. al. peaks.

My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

 Comments or Questions

07/29/2013 01:19
Beautiful still water photos!


By and by Lord, by and by
07/29/2013 03:31
That looks like more than 7.5 miles.
I've been eyeing these for a while, so thanks for posting!
I'm glad you enjoyed the show.


there's a better home
07/30/2013 01:36
awaiting in the sky, Lord, in the sky...

being at 13000 feet gets you closer to that sky... and clear water

thanks for the comments, Dawg and Matt

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