#279 UN 13462 UN 13462 A (G&M)

Range › Sawatch Range
Quadrangle › Winfield
Summit Location › Peak Route Icon N 38° 57' 34.30", W 106° 25' 41.01" (Not Field Checked)
Neighboring Peaks › Peak Icon Browns Peak

Peak Summary

A relatively easy Class 2 hike on an old mining road that may be closed to vehicle use, just south of Winfield.

UN13,462A Lulu Gulch Access Route

Class 2
X-Long Day // Dinner Will Be Late!
RT From Clear Creek/Winfield/Apostles: 5.5 mi / 3,050'
  • Trailhead
    • Clear Creek/Winfield/Apostles Trailhead

      From Leadville, drive south a little over 19 miles on HWY 24 to the turnoff for Clear Creek Reservoir (CR390) and head west. The turn is less than 2 miles south of "Granite." From Buena Vista, drive north just under 15 miles to the same turnoff. Drive west on graded dirt road 11.7 miles to Winfield. As the road approaches Winfield, it will become a little more narrow and likely to have some potholes. Because of heavy use, this road is often washboarded badly. At Winfield, turn south and cross the creek and continue south, then SW on CR390.2B. About 100 yards after crossing the creek, passenger cars may want to park because the road greatly deteriorates beyond there. For higher clearance vehicles, it's about 2.25 miles to the end of the road and some limited parking.

      If using this general trailhead description for access to peaks up the Lake Fork of Clear Creek (Clohesy Lake), then do not drive all the way to Winfield. Instead, you'll need to turn left at 9.8 miles in from US24 and drive down through the few cabins that comprise "Rockdale," ford Clear Creek and drive to the Clohesy Lake trailhead with a starting elevation of 10,900 ft. 4WD required for this access, otherwise, walk it and enjoy the frigid and sometimes dangerous crossing of Clear Creek.


      For the access to Huron and the Apostles, best camping opportunities are along the final two miles to the trailhead from Winfield. There are several at-large spots available. Camping before Winfield can be difficult because of private property and the large number of people coming to climb Belford, Oxford and Missouri.

      If heading up the Lake Fork toward Clohesy Lake, there is at-large camping at the trailhead which is at a large, open meadow area that's relatively flat. Coordinates are: N 38° 57' 15.48" W 106° 24' 32.64"

    Peak Icon Route

    Route Info UN13,462A Lulu Gulch Access

    Route Description

    Year Climbed: 1997

    Use the trailhead description provided but after crossing the creek in Winfield, you only need to drive about .7 mile to where an old mining road comes in from the left (east). On our last visit to this area, that road was gated and closed, but when we first climbed this peak in 1997, we were able to drive it to about 11,600 feet in Lulu Basin and the road was in surprisingly good condition. Since the road no longer shows on the Forest Service map, it has likely been closed permanently. The USGS Winfield 1982 quad does show this road. Total mileage and elevation gain are based on the assumption the road is closed and that you'll be able to start from .7 mile SW of Winfield. Passenger cars will have trouble continuing past Winfield however. Shortly after crossing the creek there, (100 yards) there is a place to park. The next .7 mile is best completed in a higher clearance vehicle.

    Begin hiking up the old mining road through forest and up multiple switchbacks for the first mile. At a point on the USGS quad with a marked elevation of 11,393 ft., make sure you follow the road that heads east and rounds the broad ridge into Lulu Basin. This old road can be followed further up the basin and it actually goes most all the way up to Middle Mountain. Depart the road on a switchback at 11,920 ft. at some of the last trees. Continue up valley on mostly tundra, then walk more steeply for about 400 feet in elevation gain to a broader, bench-like area below the saddle between UN13,462 and Brown's Peak. Walk on up to the saddle and turn left to follow the easy ridge for a pleasant stroll to the summit of UN13,462. You will enjoy a great view of Clohesy Lake far below to the SE and of Missouri Mountain further east. You should also be able to see hikers reaching the summit of Huron Peak about 1.5 miles south.

    For a descent, either return as you came or head over to tag Brown's Peak, a higher but unranked summit because it does not rise the required 300 feet above the connecting saddle with Huron. From Brown's Peak, it is also possible to continue along the ridge south to Huron Peak at no more than a Class 2+ level. From Pt.13,518, the going will be rockier with some minor problems and as you approach the summit of Huron, you'll encounter the typical broken rock of the higher altitudes, but you will have the aid of the official Huron trail which you'll pick up just a little south of Pt.13,518. From the summit of Huron, you can descend on the Huron trail back down to FR390.2B and walk north back to your vehicle.

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