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.
I gathered my gear and started out at 12:30pm. I began by heading north towards Wood Mountain
Here’s an overall view of the route
As I was hiking I came across a faint road and followed it up to the ridge
The road ended at what used to be a structure. From there I just hiked up the side of the mountain
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!
Here’s looking back down the ridge I’d just hiked up
From Wood Mountain you can easily see the other two peaks I’d be hiking today: UR 13,708 and Animas Forks Mountain
There wasn’t a trail to follow, but this was a simple class 2 ridge hike over to UR 13,708
From the saddle, here’s looking back at Wood Mountain and up towards UR 13,708
And a good look at the ridge to Animas Forks Mountain
The rock here was loose rubble, but the ridge was easy to follow to the summit
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.
Once there I got out my altimeter and determined the first point was actually the highpoint, so I hiked back.
I once again stood on the summit of 13,708 and looked over at Wood Mountain and then over at Animas Forks Mountain
Here’s the route up to Animas Forks Mountain
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.
The rock is pretty solid until the very end, where it becomes loose just before it turns to gravel
I summited Animas Forks Mountain at 3pm
“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.
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
I re-summited UR 13,708 at 3:45pm
From here I made my way back to the 13,708/Wood Mountain saddle
Once at the saddle I followed the sand and rock gully down until I hit up with an old mining road
I followed the faint road until I came across a mine
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.
I continued following the road southeast until I came across another mine, this one not boarded up
From there it was an easy hike back to Cinnamon Pass
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?
Eventually I connected back up with the road and followed it to my truck. My truck was now the only vehicle in the lot
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.
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.