Peak:  "Phoenix Peak" (13er)
 Route:  South Slopes
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  brauda02
 Date of Info:  07/23/2021
 Date Posted:  07/23/2021

Climbed the South Slopes route this morning.

The correct 2WD road to the trailhead is not known to Google Maps, but it is clearly marked on CalTopo. I parked at the sign for the mine site. You could car camp here but it's not great and it was busy when I returned around noon. Roach says to park at the end of the switchback and a half mile past the sign, but the road is steep and loose -- not worth it -- and there's not really a good spot to park.

I drove in last night and hiked in to look for a camp. The only halfway decent spot I saw the entire hike was just after the stream crossing in a stand of aspens. There is an ancient fire ring here.

The trail is relatively easy to follow and well cairned all the way to the summit. Only a couple of blowdowns. Some of the most impressive beaver work I've ever seen along this trail. The La Garitas are remote and wild!

Photos (click for slideshow):
#1) Beautiful undercast.#2) San Luis socked in.#3) Conglomerate towers.#4) Well defined 13er trail.

Comments or Questions
Creek Crossings
07/24/2021 08:58
How were the creek crossings? Did you go up the west ridgeline or south slopes to attain the first ridge? Thanks

07/24/2021 14:51
Creek crossing after the road was above my knee on the way up but found an easier spot below a beaver dam on the way back that was ankle deep. The other crossings are rock hops but expect to get your feet wet as beavers are the predominant trail maintainers.

I ascended the south slopes. It's a well cairned ascending traverse from the the last stream crossing.

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