PT 12581 and Turner Peak – 13,233

RT Length:  4.72 miles

Elevation Gain: 2178’

Not gonna lie… I woke up late and wasn’t able to do the peak I’d planned, so I switched gears and headed to Cottonwood Pass instead. I was on the trail at noon, starting out by crossing the road and heading east along the obvious trail.

You can see both PT 12581 and Turner from the beginning

At the saddle, I turned right and continued following the ridge

This was an easy tundra walk, all the way to the summit of 12581

I summited PT 12581 at 12:35pm

PT 12581:

From there the route to Turner was obvious.  Here’s my route:

I continued following the ridge east, losing 490’ of elevation

Once at the Turner/12581 saddle, I started ascending.  At first, the rocky outcropping looked interesting, but it was class 2 all the way.  It was 1130’ to the summit of Turner Peak.

Once past the rocky area, it was tundra all the way to the saddle

The route obvious to the summit, the rocks here were solid and easy to navigate.  I simply followed the ridge southeast

I summited Turner Peak at 1:40pm

Turner Peak:

This was all I had on my agenda for the day, so I turned around and retraced my steps back to PT 12581

Then followed the ridge west towards the trailhead

I made it back to the trailhead at 3pm, making this a 4.72 mile hike with 2178’ of elevation gain in 3 hours. All in all, quite a pleasant afternoon.

On to the next trailhead!

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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