Peak(s):  PT 13,295  -  13,295 feet
Date Posted:  08/19/2018
Date Climbed:   08/02/2018
Author:  Jay521
 Easy Sawatch 13er   

An Easy Day


Trailhead: Junction of FS391 & FS392
Route: Sayres Gulch
Length: 10.25 miles
Vertical: 2800 feet
Partners: Solo

After doing Pyramid (TR here), I was looking for something easy and boy did I find it. PT13,295 is almost too easy but the Sayres Gulch is worth seeing and like most mountains, the views from the top were really nice. Another advantage of this lowly 13er is that one is not likely to see anyone (and I didn't) especially on a weekday.

To get to the starting spot, go to the LaPlata TH and drive FS391 for about 2.5 miles to the junction with FS392. The road is a bit rough in spots but not too bad (higher clearance is preferable). I parked on 392 past the junction.

My FJ @ the TH

As an aside, note the tires on my FJ. They are BF Goodrich TA's. I have 98,000 miles on them. I have never had a set of tires last so long. Yeah, I'm due to replace them and given how these have held up, you can bet I will be buying another set. And no, I don't work for BFG <smile>

From the TH, you cross Lake Creek on a bridge that isn't wide enough to drive a standard size vehicle across although it must be wide enough for an ATV as I saw some ATV tracks.


Then it's a matter of just following the old road. It is probably a mile or two to the Wilderness Boundary and a mountain bike could shorten the time but it was such a nice day, I didn't mind the walk.



Looking back

You parallel a Lake Creek tributary so there is the constant sound of a creek.


And there is nice scenery along the way.


Just before you reach the wilderness boundary, you encounter an old miner's cabin

Or maybe it was a young miner?
And then you are in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area

It had been a double track to this point but went single track at the boundary


Avalanche chute

Trail is still pretty good through the willows

But then it disappears and you are on your own.

But, it's pretty clear where you have to go (my route in red)

Nearing the saddle on the above pic, I came across these pipes. I assume they were left by miners but I saw no other evidence of mining or mine equipment in the vicinity.


There were a couple false summits but it doesn't take long to see the final push.


And there was a register! It was soggy so I didn't try to write my name in it. And the wind was blowing hard enough that I didn't try to take a picture of it but I did see the name Ken Nolan on it. I always feel special when I see a 14ers icon like Ken on a summit register. I've only spotted his name (along with superwoman Teresa Gergen) one other time and that was on Mt. KiaMia and I included a photo of that page on my TR here.

Lots of nice views of other 12ers and 13ers from the summit - even with all the smoke.








I took a slightly different route down just to see some different views.

From the saddle, I took a wide turn to the left.
Looking back - the only sorta difficult spot was crossing the talus and iit wasn't all that tough

As I don't carry a GPS, this is an approximation of my route.


This ended up being a nice easy walk to a summit with nice views that I would recommend to anyone who is looking for an easy day.

And - as always - thanks for taking the time to read this and please be careful out there!

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
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Comments or Questions

Nice job, Jay!
08/19/2018 12:13
Yes, a beautiful gulch. What peak is that in image #20? Just curious. I envy you being able to get out every weekend or so to stretch your legs in the mountains!


"Lake Fork Peak"
08/19/2018 12:44
At least that's what I think it is. And yeah, I DO enjoy living in Colorado - can't think of any other place I would rather be. Thanks, Doug.


Lovely day!
08/19/2018 13:03
Looks like a lovely area. Nice work, great shots! I'd like to travel down that ridgeline from photo 19.


08/19/2018 13:39
Yeah - looking back on it, that woulda made a nice loop but I was looking for just a chill day. I think that's how can get to Lake Fork Peak.


08/20/2018 13:42
These are the kinds of peaks I seek.
Thanks for the report, Jay.


Thanks Matt
08/21/2018 16:26
Yeah - the "off the beaten path" ones are the ones I prefer these days


"Almost" a FR4Ker
08/21/2018 16:58
Brad had a great idea and, although not in the Front Range, your report reinforces it. Thanks for pointing us to those "other" beautiful mountains.


Bald & Ouray
08/22/2018 07:54
Yep - Brad and I are on the same page when it comes to that, I think. The older I get, the more I prefer to "walk the path seldom walked." (Boy - does that sound corny!!)

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