Peak:  Tijeras Peak (13er)
 Route:  From Lower Sand Creek Lake
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  ScottLovesRMNP
 Date of Info:  09/18/2021
 Date Posted:  09/18/2021

There must be 8-10 "cracks" through the cliffs leading to Tijeras' gentle upper slopes, ranging from absolutely vertical, to super steep & exposed, to do-able with care. From below, there are few cairns to help find the correct (two) access points, and trying to climb in the wrong gully could be really bad. I did manage to find one of the correct ones, even though there was no cairn at the base of the gully. I did finally see a cairn when I got to the top of it. I believe I was in the shorter of the two climbable (class 3) gullies, and it does have some exposure at the top -- a "no fall zone" for sure. I took it very carefully going up, and even more slowly coming down.

Other than this crux, the rest of the climb is straightforward.

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