For anyone planning on visiting Hinsdale County/Lake City area, be aware of the following road closures. Visit this link for more details. Click Here For the San Juan National Forest click here to be taken to a page on their site that has road closure information. Currently there is no off-road/primitive site camping allowed along the South Mineral Creek FS585 out of SIlverton. Do your research before leaving. Many areas commonly accessible by this time of year are still closed! Check other National Forest websites for additional information.
Garrett & Martin list this peak as UN 13524 A. Lists of John assign the name "Cataract Peak" to help distinguish from UN 13524 (Peak of the Clouds) on the Rito Alto Quad. USGS quad shows the high point east of the Tundra Top-Cataract connecting ridge. Google Earth shows a higher elevation more to the west end of the summit ridge. GE elevations we do not find to be all that accurate.
Cataract Peak is most easily climbed by going over the summit of UN13,450 otherwise known as "Tundra Top" or some older sources called it "Meadow Mtn." While Tundra Top is a mellow Class 1 hike, we'll give Cataract a Class 2 rating because of some scree conditions to manage. Our suggested route involves a backpack trip into this area from Carson Pass. A 4WD vehicle will be required for this route. If you don't have 4WD, then the best access point will be the Cataract Gulch Trail. More about that in the route description area.