Peak(s):  "C.T. Pk" - 13,312 feet
"Gudy Pk" - 13,566 feet
PT 13,540 A - 13,540 feet
PT 13,427 - 13,427 feet
Date Posted:  10/04/2021
Modified:  10/06/2021
Date Climbed:   10/02/2021
Author:  JQDivide
Additional Members:   dereks95, bmcqueen
 A Tough 3,100   

A Tough 3,100 Feet

Fall Gathering, October 2021

The weather looked questionable all week. But this was a perfect example of, you don’t know if you don’t go. The weather was better than predicted for the gathering.

I got there early on Friday to set up and was able to hang out with Bill and Tiffany for a while and met Ben and Samantha.

I didn’t have set plans for hiking yet, go with Ryan and Tony (who eventually changed their plans) or go with Brad? I hiked with Ryan last weekend. And so I decided to go with Brad. We have only been out once this year, the Puma group near Tarryall Reservoir. We went back and forth on potential hikes, and settled on a change while around the group campfire on Friday.

But, Derek showed up in the morning while we were eating breakfast and we changed back to the original plans, the four ranked peaks on the ridge to Gudy Peak. I scanned Otina’s TR, but should have asked a few questions about 13,540.

Turn off the road near 12,000, look for that rocky spire.
Just above the road
Wood Mountain, Gaia has it listed as Weed
Upper end of Cleveland Gulch, you can see the game trail on the slope
Heading toward 13,000
Derek on the mining road, 13,000

This hike really needs a shuttle, so we left Brad’s 4Runner at the parking area at the bottom near Cooper Creek. We loaded up in Derek’s Rav4 and parked at one of the last switchbacks going up to Cinnamon Pass.

From there we hiked up the road to 12,000, and started up the slope near a rocky drainage. Up and over a hump, we bypassed 12er Edith Mountain and worked our way toward Wood Mountain, skirting just to the right (east) of it and then into the upper western edge of the Cleveland Gulch drainage.

We stayed high and side-hilled a bit until we connected with a game trail / old trail near 12,800 on the west slope of the drainage. Even passed an old mining hole. We worked our way to 13,000 and an old mining road. We turned east and followed the road past a 13,200 high point and on to the slope of the first 13er of the day, 13,427.

The clouds were still moving and covering most of the sky and peaks around us. Though glimpses of blue sky and white summits came and went.

Following the mining road
Following the mining road
Following the mining road
Summit of 13,427
Finding an easier way down 13,427
Heading to the saddle
Fall colors in the Schafer Basin

We hit the summit, but didn’t stay very long. Down the southeast edge of the peak and turned back left, NE, for an easier slope to meet up with the saddle with 13,540.

The ridge to the summit of 13,540 was very long. More blue sky began to appear. We had a quick down and up on the ridge to reach the top. We snacked and took photos.

The downhill route off 13,540 sucked.

She is a dirty bitch.

A slightly narrow and loose slope turned into a nasty rotten gulley. Loose rocks covered most anything that was solid. Derek went first, thankfully. He was the guinea pig, and I was very pleased he led us right. This was the worst slope I have ever gone down. I would have turned back if I were solo. And I had the wrong boots for this. I wore winter boots because of the 3-4 inches of snow and wanted to keep my feet dry. Ugh. Slowly we made our way down. Taking turns to make sure no one kicked rocks on each other. We should have been wearing helmets. I got the award for knocking the largest rock loose, and for the largest rock slide. Luckily Derek had crossed a rotten rib and was out of the way before this happened.

My inner diva came out, but we made it to the bottom of this shitty gulley. This was a hard loose Class 3, maybe even a bit Class 4. We continued down the slope, scree surfing most of it. Across a grassy slope and then across a loose boulder field. We stayed near 12,800 as we crossed.

Probably took us more than an hour to get off 13,540 and to the slope to go up C.T. Peak.

Starting up 13,540 A
Ridge up 13,540
Ridge up 13,540
Ridge up 13,540
Ridge up 13,540, not the summit
Ridge up 13,540
Ridge up 13,540, summit is the dark hump
Ridge up 13,540
Ridge up 13,540
Ridge up 13,540, short scramble
Summit of 13,540

C.T. was a snowy walk up, an easy afternoon hike. The peaks all around were showing off their bright white northern slopes. A quick stop on the summit of C.T. for snacks and we went down its rocky C2 slope to the saddle with Gudy.

We got to the saddle and dropped our packs next to a very small tree. We each took a layer and a water bottle to the summit. Gudy was a fairly easy walk up, but that summit was all the way over there when we got to the top. Views of Wetterhorn and Uncompahgre were fantastic.

Clouds were moving in and sky was getting a darker. A few snowflakes swirled in the air. It was time to go down. And by down, I mean 2,000 feet down to Cooper Creek. Most of the down was rocky, grassy or a mix depending on your route choice on the steep slope.

Derek crossed the creek and got on the Copper Creek trail. Brad had thoughts of side-hilling again until the trail crossed back over to this side. I should have followed Derek. But, we all got back together near some recent trail work. We were mostly down and just a few minutes from our car shuttle.

We talked about the route we had just completed. We all agreed it was a tough 3,100 feet of gain. It felt more like a 5,000-foot or more kind of day.

Decent into hell
Up and over the bump
Rotten slope off 13,540
Rotten gulley off 13,540
Rotten gulley off 13,540
Rotten gulley off 13,540
Rotten gulley off 13,540
Rotten gulley off 13,540, nope, not that way
scree surfing
Looking back up at the dirty bitch, Rotten gulley off 13,540
Heading down to cross the boulder field and then up the white slope of C.T.
Boulder field

Both Derek and I hit 100 13ers on this hike.

We got back to the car. Brad had a bed in the back, so I volunteered to stay behind. I switched shoes and enjoyed a nice walk back to Grizzly Gulch TH. Was nice to walk this road instead of drive it. I made it the old building as it began to rain. Took Brad and Derek nearly an hour to drive up and down the pass to get back to me. I jumped in Derek’s car and we drove back to camp in the rain.

We were able to cook our dinners in our dry canopy set up. I made cake in the Dutch oven and we made our way to the group campfire. Though Derek spent some time drying out his gear as his cot-tent leaked a bit in the afternoon rain.

Derek going up C.T., Wet & Unc in the background
Hero shot!
Going up C.T.
Wetterhorn & Uncompahgre
Our car shuttle is down there
Near the summit of C.T., Gudy in view
Going down C.T. to the Gudy saddle.
A bit of a hump on the saddle ridge
The cairn summit is so far away...
Gudy summit, Wet & Unc in the background
Going Down!
Derek on the Slope down Gudy

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

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Comments or Questions
10/04/2021 14:42
I took no pictures from our descent of 13,540A in hopes of forgetting it quickly. Now I‘ll forever be reminded of its ickiness!

Great day out with you and Derek.

Beautiful Pictures
10/04/2021 16:19
Who needs a compass right now ? I find it interesting to see the stark contrast in snow cover between north and south facing slopes right now. I also think the clouds mixing with the peaks adds to the beauty.

10/05/2021 17:45
I'm looking to get that route on another 14ers gathering

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