Peak(s):  Torreys Peak  -  14,267 feet
Powell A, Mt  -  13,580 feet
Zenobia Pk - 9,005 feet
Whiskey Pk - 9,225 feet
Continental Pk - 8,431 feet
Date Posted:  08/23/2010
Date Climbed:   08/20/2010
Author:  PatsSox09
 Off the Beaten Trail: 8/15-8/21  

I felt the call of the mountains and the desert this year. Flying in from Boston with only a week to spare, I aimed to answer both.

Day 1

Zenobia Pk
9,005 ft.

Drove west from Craig to a remote corner of NW Colorado to take down Zenobia Peak, a Colorado 2K Prominence Peak in addition to being the high point of Dinosaur NM. There's a road leading to an active fire tower on the summit. I was dumb enough to lose the road and thus have to bushwhack to the summit, with even a little bit of scrambling tossed in. Views are great, with the Uintas rising to the west and the canyons of Dinosaur to the south:

Uintas to the West

Dinosaur NM to the South


View East

View South


Adobe Town

Afterwards drove to Adobe Town, a unmarked but remarkable spot on BLM land accessable only by dirt and 4WD roads between Bitter Creek WY and Powder Wash Colorado. No trails, no people, and no signs except those warning you of natural gas pipelines underneath.


Day 2

Whiskey Peak

9,225 ft.

Quick hike up Whiskey Peak, a Wyoming 2K Prominence Peak about 40 minutes north of Rawlins.

Lots of wild horses in this area. Ran into several herds of them on the way up and on the way down.

Day 3

Continental Peak

8,431 ft.

Drove from Rawlins via Landers to the Great Divide Basin. Caught my first views of the Winds, from afar. I need to explore those mountains some day.

Quick walk up to Continental Peak, a summit on the Divide Basin rim. Drove around for hours on dirt roads, didn't see a soul, except for wild horses and countless pronghorn antelopes.

Continental Peak:

West towards Oregon Buttes


Wind Rivers are visible from summit:


Oregon Buttes:


Some sand dunes:


Day 4

Flat Top Mountain

12,354 ft.

Easy hike to Flat Top Mountain near Yampa, in the Flat Top Wilderness. First hikers I saw was when I was almost back to the trailhead near Stillwater Reservoir. It was the first time I had company on the trail the entire trip.

Views are great from the top, from the Elkheads, to Zirkel, to the Front Range, Gores, Sawatch, and Elks (astonishing views of Capitol and Sopris).


Day 5

Rainout. Went to Blackhawk, got drunk, and somehow won 80 bucks on Wednesday night. Thursday on the advice of the forums here I checked out the mountaineering museum in Golden, then the Coors Brewery.

Day 6

Torreys & Grays Peak

14,267 & 14,270 ft.

Nothing too exotic on Friday. Fun climb up Kelso Ridge to Torreys then Grays Peak. Knife Edge was interesting; more dicey was traversing the White Rocks afterwards, as they were still covered with ice/snow from the previous day.


Knife's Edge


Topped out on Torreys, quick trip up Grays, then a pleasant hike down chatting with some local hikers. Yeah, the peaks were packed on a Friday, but it was a pleasant change of pace to actually see fellow human beings on the trail.

Day 7

Mt. Powell

13,560 ft.

Long sloggy hike up to Mt. Powell on my last full day out west. The route is forgettable but the summit isn't.


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 Comments or Questions
Steve Knapp

What a mix!
08/24/2010 04:50
Wow, you covered some very different ground on your trip. This is awesome, I love stuff like that. Those 9ers look kind of hot. I need to get up in the Flat Tops someday, another somewhat ignored area outside of hunting season. What a neat vacation.


Great Selection!
08/24/2010 14:53
I'm with Steve, love your random selection of great peaks. Zenobia is a great place that I enjoyed and thanks for bringing Adobe Town to my attention, it looks really interesting!


08/25/2010 20:23
I did it at the expense of racking up the 14ers count, but it was worth it! There was actually a VERY brisk wind on top of Continental, I think in general there was a cold front in the area, which make the hikes that much more pleasant.

SuperPolok, I'm probably making an SP page for Adobe Town in the next few weeks, but let me know if you need directions.

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