Peak:  Teocalli Mountain (13er)
 Route:  South Ridge from West Brush Creek
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  supranihilest
 Date of Info:  06/06/2021
 Date Posted:  06/06/2021

This is a rare easy route on an Elk 13er, and a beautiful one at that. I added the West Brush Creek trailhead to the site, and that's where this route begins. From the small parking area we started up the Teocalli Mountain Trail which at first starts heading northwest before curving sharply east and continuing along the open slopes on Teocalli's south side. Eventually it will enter the forest, where there's a couple inconsequential snowy and/or muddy spots. Approximately 1.65 miles from the trailhead you'll see a sign at the junction of the Teocalli Mountain Trail and Teocalli Ridge Trail. Turn left and continue on a trail behind a Wilderness boundary sign, and you'll soon arrive in a wide open area where the trail begins climbing steeply up Teocalli's south ridge. Follow the trail as it climbs, continuing through an easy break in the cliff bands high on the mountain, and continue across snow patches and talus to below the summit, where a sharp snow ridge covers the summit. We used microspikes for this last bit to the summit but they probably weren't necessary. All in all about 6.5 miles, 3,000 feet of gain, mostly Class 1 with some snow and Class 2 talus.

Gear: axe not needed (a pole was useful for balance on the somewhat exposed snow at the summit), flotation not needed, microspikes potentially useful.

Photos (click for slideshow):
#1) Teocalli Mountain from the trailhead.#2) Trail across south slopes.#3) Trail before it enters the forest.#4) Near treeline#5) Looking at the open upper slopes.#6) South face and south ridge.#7) Sick view of Castle Peak from the middle of the route.#8) Easy cliff band to bypass.#9) Easy cliff band to bypass.#10) Beginning of snow near the summit.#11) Snow with the summit visible.#12) Last bit to the summit.#13) Heather on the snow ridge at the summit.#14) Looking back down West Brush Creek drainage.#15) On descent.

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