Wood Mountain – 13,660, UR 13,708 & “Animas Forks Mountain” – 13,722

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RT Length: 6.53 miles

Elevation Gain: 2270’

After hiking Every Mountain and Cooper Creek Peak I still had some energy left, so I decided to drive up to Cinnamon Pass and get in a few more peaks today.  There were a bunch of OHVs in the parking area when I arrived.  Mine was the only truck/non OHV there.

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I gathered my gear and started out at 12:30pm.  I began by heading north towards Wood Mountain

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Here’s an overall view of the route

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As I was hiking I came across a faint road and followed it up to the ridge

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The road ended at what used to be a structure.  From there I just hiked up the side of the mountain

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I summited Wood Mountain at 1:15pm, and while I was a little slow/tired from my hike earlier today, I couldn’t believe how easy this summit had been!

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Wood Mountain:

Here’s looking back down the ridge I’d just hiked up

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From Wood Mountain you can easily see the other two peaks I’d be hiking today:  UR 13,708 and Animas Forks Mountain

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There wasn’t a trail to follow, but this was a simple class 2 ridge hike over to UR 13,708

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From the saddle, here’s looking back at Wood Mountain and up towards UR 13,708

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And a good look at the ridge to Animas Forks Mountain

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The rock here was loose rubble, but the ridge was easy to follow to the summit

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I summited UR 13,708 at 2:15pm.  Once at the summit I wasn’t sure I was actually there, so I walked the short distance north to the next point.

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Once there I got out my altimeter and determined the first point was actually the highpoint, so I hiked back.

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I once again stood on the summit of 13,708 and looked over at Wood Mountain and then over at Animas Forks Mountain

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Here’s the route up to Animas Forks Mountain

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The ridge looked like more than class 2, but if you just follow the ridge it stays at class 2, just with some added exposure.

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The rock is pretty solid until the very end, where it becomes loose just before it turns to gravel

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I summited Animas Forks Mountain at 3pm

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“Animas Forks Mountain”:

From the summit you can see an easy way to make this hike a loop, just follow the ridge down to the road and hike the road back to Cinnamon Pass.

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However, there were some mines I wanted to explore below Wood Mountain, so I decided to retrace my steps back UR 13,708.  Also, when I’d taken a video at the summit of 13,708 I’d said I was at Animas Forks Mountain, and I wanted a new video with the correct name.  Here’s the route back to 13,708

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I re-summited UR 13,708 at 3:45pm

UR 13,708:

From here I made my way back to the 13,708/Wood Mountain saddle

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Once at the saddle I followed the sand and rock gully down until I hit up with an old mining road

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I followed the faint road until I came across a mine

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The mine was completely boarded up, without even a gate/lock that would open.  It was still neat to peer inside. It looked like they’d collapsed the inside.

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I continued following the road southeast until I came across another mine, this one not boarded up

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From there it was an easy hike back to Cinnamon Pass

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I passed some water coming out of a pipe that didn’t look fit to filter.  The water was more red in color than orange, and made me wonder if that’s how Cinnamon Pass got its name?

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Eventually I connected back up with the road and followed it to my truck.  My truck was now the only vehicle in the lot

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I made it back to my truck at 4:50pm, making this a 6.53 mile hike with 2270’ of elevation gain and lots of time exploring mines in 4 hours, 20 minutes.

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I decided to drive to the next trailhead, eat dinner, and get some sleep.   It ended up being an eventful and unplanned drive over Engineer Pass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author: Laura M Clark

Mom, Solo Colorado 14er Finisher, Outdoor Enthusiast, Traveler, and Girl Scout Leader with an MBA in International Business and Marketing. I value adventure, growth, courage, wisdom, integrity, accountability, and family. I enjoy yoga, wine, whiskey, traveling, reading, and the outdoors. I strive to be the person who inspires and motivates myself and others to succeed.

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