Peak:  "Hancock Peak" (13er)
 Route:  Via Van Wirt Mountain
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  supranihilest
 Date of Info:  10/16/2019
 Date Posted:  10/16/2019

The route from Van Wirt Mountain to "Hancock Peak" is obvious but is long, contains a lot of elevation loss and regain, and is almost entirely on blocky talus. Head towards the saddle and descend to it. Reascend steep talus on the other side. It's easier staying on the ridge crest than attempting to sidehill below the crest to avoid gaining more elevation. There are a couple of false summits en route to "Hancock"'s summit. Potential descent options to Boss Lake/Monarch: descend northwest towards Hancock Pass and skirt "Hancock Peak" by going northeast then southeast to Chalk Creek Pass; reascend Van Wirt Mountain and descend to the "Van Wit"/Van Wirt saddle, then take steep talus to the lakes and hike back up to Chalk Creek Pass; go all the way back to "Van Wit" and take the east ridge down directly to Chalk Creek Pass.

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