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Aug 01 2015
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Sharkstooth Trail #620Southwest, CO
Southwest, CO
Hiking avatar Aug 01 2015
rvcarter
Hiking4.91 Miles 2,157 AEG
Hiking4.91 Miles   3 Hrs   22 Mns   1.81 mph
2,157 ft AEG      39 Mns Break
 
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I hope the track is posted in the right place, but I couldn't find Centennial Peak listed for Colorado. We finally reached the trailhead after nearly 20 miles on a dirt road, some was solid 4WD, but Mike's Subi did fine. The trail leads up to a saddle between Sharkstooth Peak and Centennial Peak. Both are in the LaPlata Mountains to the northeast of Mancos (and NW of Durango). The early part of the trail goes up the North Fork of the West Mancos River. Centennial is a great 13er, but be prepared for a lot of scree and steep climbing from the saddle. Views of Hesperus Mtn (13.3k)to the west, Weimenuche to the NE, and a fantastic jagged ridge leading over to Hesperus, some decent wildflowers, great rocks and geology in this area. We saw only three other people on the entire hike (on a Saturday!), great place to get away from the crowd. Sharkstooth is essentially a pile of loose rocks and Centennial is not much better. My buddy Mike has climbed all three. It rained on us the last couple of miles, and some thunder, but we made it out ok. I posted a track for the road in to the TH from the west.

This concludes a great trip to Colorado, an excellent place to escape to in the summer from southern Arizona.
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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