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Sep 27 2018
toddak
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 Puhoynix, AZ
Hesperus MountainSouthwest, CO
Southwest, CO
Hiking avatar Sep 27 2018
toddak
Hiking6.50 Miles 3,000 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   1.18 mph
3,000 ft AEG
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Fine peak in a beautiful area. The spine of the summit ridge is Class 3, there's also a well-established Class 2 route up the scree slope just right of the ridge. Parked along FR 350 and road walked to the trailhead.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
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Jul 10 2013
Jim_H
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 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Rancho Relaxo
Hesperus MountainSouthwest, CO
Southwest, CO
Hiking avatar Jul 10 2013
Jim_H
Hiking5.00 Miles 2,800 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   5 Hrs      1.00 mph
2,800 ft AEG
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Had a long report written, but decided that was stupid. I went up the black scree slope, summited, enjoyed the views, and returned. Happy I did this. Lovely day. Deeper thoughts, but they will stay just that. Been almost 5 years since I was on Hesperus.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
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Sep 13 2008
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
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Hesperus MountainSouthwest, CO
Southwest, CO
Hiking avatar Sep 13 2008
Jim_H
Hiking5.00 Miles 2,800 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   6 Hrs   50 Mns   0.73 mph
2,800 ft AEG
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I was back up in Durango and climbed Hesperus with a partner from 14ers. Had some snow, and its turning over to autumn. The best way to go up and down may actually be the scree slope directly below the first saddle.
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Jul 20 2008
Jim_H
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Hesperus MountainSouthwest, CO
Southwest, CO
Hiking avatar Jul 20 2008
Jim_H
Hiking6.00 Miles 2,800 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   7 Hrs   30 Mns   0.80 mph
2,800 ft AEG
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Partners none no partners
Hesperus Mountain is located in the La Plata Mountains west of Durango, CO. The La Platas are a sub-range of the San Juan Mountains. Hesperus is generally considered the high point of the La Platas, but some say Lavender Peak is. I don't know, but Hesperus seemed higher to me. I don't care that much though, so lets not argue it if you have an opinion on the matter.


This was my 3rd summit of the 4 sacred mountains of the Navajo that I was to climb this summer. It was the hardest sacred mountain and the hardest of all the climbs I did on my Colorado trip. It had the best weather, though, so I can't complain. Basically. I camped near the Twin Lakes, headed upslope from the west Mancos trail and did a traverse over some nasty scree and talus before ascending a talus gully to the second saddle east of the summit. I then went through a gully on the south side of the peak to reach the first ledge and followed a climbers trail to the summit. I descended to the saddle, and went down a steep scree slope. This description is very vague and doesn't do my efforts justice (see the long climbing time). It was a very hard climb and being alone made it all the more difficult. Fantastic views of the San Juans and surrounding areas including Mesa Verde, Ute Mountain, and possibly the La Sals in Utah. I was able to see Lizard Head Peak, the Wilson Group (14ers), the Chicago Basin Group (14ers), and the Animas River valley from the summit. It was my first 13er/ 4000 meter peak of the summer season.
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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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