|Peak:||"Phoenix Peak" (13er)|
|Date of Info:||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!
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