Peak:  Teocalli Mountain (13er)
 Route:  South slopes from teocalli mtn trail
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  VeraUndertow
 Date of Info:  06/14/2021
 Date Posted:  06/14/2021
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We parked at the river, the crossing in bare-feet was quite cold in the morning but not more than calf deep at the first crossing and then ankle deep the rest of the 100+ yards. Definitely could have been driven in a 4x4 truck or SUV, I saw a stock looking Dakota drive across it, if you make it past the creek, the rest of the way to the TH is actually easier. We saw two bikers riding the same direction we were walking right at the end of the road as we started up the trail. The elevation gain on this trail is quite pleasant and the views are great. The trail is dry and was a little dusty, easy walk up, it gets steep as you hit the climbers trail and up around 11,400 ft. From here you head straight up for 1k elevation gain before turning right (east) and gaining the edge of the ridge. At this point the view of Castle is quote excellent, my sister chose to stop here since she is from the east coast and not use to elevation. My mom and I continued upwards to the cliff bands and thru them. The scramble to the summit was pretty mild, especially for the elk range tho there was some loose rocks right at the summit. The final 10 ft of elevation is the only snow you have to touch all day to gain the summit. 10 miles from the river in 7:15 minutes with my east coast family who have never climbed a 13er before and a great day


Photos (click for slideshow):
#1) Deepest part of the river crossing#2) The road/river for most of it#3) Final summit ridge#4) Summit ridge#5#6) First cliff band with obvious trail leading the way#7) Heading towards cliff bands#8) Above treeline looking up slope#9) Teocalli Mtn trail#10


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