We're Powered by Donations. Will You Join the Cause? Donate Now
×
Vallecito Trail Update

We have recently visited the Vallecito Trail in the Weminuche Wilderness from the trailhead near Kite Lake, across Hunchback Pass, down to where Sunlight Creek comes in, then up the Sunlight drainage. New and/or revised information has been posted for the Kite Lake/Hunchback trailhead and the associated approach segments including field-verified GPS waypoints for key campsites and the stream crossings to reach the upper basin of Sunlight Creek and Sunlight Lake. 

×

LoJ: #373 (G & M: #372) / 13,325' UN 13325 East Storm

Range › San Juan Range
Quadrangle › Silverton
Summit Location › N 37° 51' 38.08", W 107° 38' 20.29" (Not Field Checked)

Peak Summary

Combined with Tower Mountain, this little summit makes for an easy, class 2 day on mostly tundra with some avoidable rocky outcrops and some steeper talus and loose rock for the final ascent to the summit.

S. Cement Creek SE Ridge Route

Class 2+
Medium Day // Take a Lunch
RT From S. Fork Cement Creek: 9 mi / 2,100'
  • Trailhead
    • S. Fork Cement Creek Trailhead

      From the town of Silverton, drive east to the edge of town and one block past the courthouse, where the paved road splits, go straight. Then, drive north on Road 110, (or 10 according to some sources), a graded dirt road, all the way to the old townsite of Gladstone. Note that another fork of this road 110 goes up along the Animas River from out of Silverton if using the Trails Illustrated map #141. The road along the Animas is signed with a blue sign that reads County Road 2. Do not take that fork. At the intersection around Gladstone, head SE a brief distance, follow a switchback up a little then turn south on road 52 that climbs into the upper South Fork of Cement Creek where it terminates just below a small, unnamed lake. Park here. The last two miles on road 52 will be rougher. A higher clearance vehicle is recommended.


      Camping

      You can car-camp overnight at or around the trailhead or at a few other possible spots on the last two miles in above Gladstone. Be careful regarding private property.

    Peak Icon Route

    Route Info S. Cement Creek SE Ridge

    Route Description

    Year Climbed: 1997

    Follow the trailhead and route description for climbing Tower Mountain (#219), until you reach the elevation marker on the ridge NW of the Tower summit that's marked 13,060 ft. From here, another ridge leads off to the SW that looks down into Boulder Gulch. The ridge crest drops off steeply on either side, but particularly on the north. At first, you'll be mostly on tundra. The crest of the ridge is punctuated by some easily-bypassed rocky outcrops until you come to the ridge low point and a large rock pinnacle. Bypass the pinnacle and gain the summit on steep slopes of some marginal tundra with lots of talus and loose rock thrown in.

    From this summit, enjoy the spectacular view back down into the S. Cement Creek valley far below and then contemplate your fate should you consider continuing on over to Storm Peak. The connecting rocky ridge will offer many difficulties. Otherwise, turn back and follow the ridge you approached on back to the 13,060 elevation point and retrace your route back to the trailhead. In mid-summer, this is an excellent wildflower viewing area.

Warning! Climbing peaks can be dangerous! By using this site and the information contained herein, you're agreeing to use common sense, good judgement, and to not hold us liable nor sue us for any reason. Legal Notice & Terms of Use.
x
Donate to Climb13ers.com ›