#303 UN 13427

Range › San Juan Range
Quadrangle › Handies Peak
Summit Location › Peak Route Icon N 37° 57' 18.08", W 107° 30' 54.87" (Not Field Checked)

Peak Summary

With a two-vehicle setup, UN13,427 can be part of a 4-summit day on generally easy, above timberline terrain with mostly Class 2 or 2+ hiking with one short stretch of 3rd class, if continuing east beyond UN13,540 B.

UN13,427 West Ridge Route

Class 2+
X-Long Day // Dinner Will Be Late!
RT From Cinnamon Pass: 4.5 mi / 1,000'
  • Trailhead
    • Cinnamon Pass Trailhead

      From Lake City, proceed south on HWY 149 and take the turnoff to the right for Lake San Cristobal. Continue south around the lake and follow CR3 (BLM 3306) past the Williams Creek and Mill Creek campgrounds to the intersection at Sherman. (On Trails Illustrated, this is CR30) Road to here is drivable for standard passenger cars. Take the right fork and begin a steeper ascent into the upper valley. Higher clearance vehicles now advisable. It's a little over 3 miles to the Silver Creek/Grizzly Gulch trail heads used for accessing Sunshine, Redcloud and Handies. Continue just about one more mile to the trailhead for Cooper Creek. There is some parking on the west side just after crossing the creek or continue a little further to these coordinates (N 37° 56' 37.57" W 107° 28' 18.36") for another parking spot and the beginning of an old roadbed that leads north, then east to gain a bench above Cooper Creek. Drop one vehicle here, then continue driving on to the summit of Cinnamon Pass. After the turnoff for American Basin, the road begins to climb more steeply and becomes rougher. Park just on the west side of the pass.


      Camping

      There are designated, forest service campgrounds at Williams Creek and Mill Creek CG. There's also some primitive sites around Sherman. Once above Sherman, additional primitive sites may be found at the TH for Sunshine, Redcloud and Handies and again near the TH for Cooper Creek. You may even be able to find some other primitive sites or just road pull-outs further up the road past Cooper Creek and up into American Basin, but be aware of some private property issues.

    Peak Icon Route Map

    Route Info UN13,427 West Ridge

    Route Description

    Year Climbed: 1996

    This summit is part of a two-vehicle shuttle description that includes UN13,540 B; UN13,312 and Gudy Peak. Mileage from Cinnamon Pass to UN13,427 is about 2.25 with 1,000 feet of elevation gain. If completing the entire circuit, total mileage will be 8.5 and total elevation gained will be 3,050 ft.

    From the parking area near the top of Cinnamon Pass, stroll across tundra NNE toward Pt.13,112. Contour around the point a little below the 13,000 foot level, then contour across the head of Cleveland Gulch. You will encounter some rocky gullies soon after rounding below the point. It is best to stay high and above the head of these gullies. Passing both through rubble, talus and tundra, skirt below the summit of UN13,250 on the south slopes and you should be able to pick up an old mining road that will lead up to the saddle between UN13,250 and UN13,427. Continue east on mostly tundra to the summit of UN13,427. One summit down.

    Bonus Points: On your way over to UN13,427, climb the SE ridge of Wood Mountain to its summit, if you have not already climbed this bicentennial peak. However, we include Wood with a circuit hike of Wood, Gravel, unranked 13,708 and ranked 13,722 - all bicentennial summits.

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