Peak:  "Phoenix Peak" (13er)
 Route:  South Slopes
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  jeffdmar
 Date of Info:  10/28/2021
 Date Posted:  10/29/2021

Conditions are good here for late season. Snow begins at second creek-crossing but never got too deep. Sunk in maybe 4-6" at the deepest (around tree-line) for a relatively short section, but mostly it wasn't a problem. The trail can be a bit difficult to find through the trees but it charts a fairly obvious course and you can generally feel it when you've strayed. Above tree-line it's all grassy tufts with a few inches of snow on and between them, which actually made for great walking (plodding really). Once on the ridge where it was more rocky, I found walking on the rocks was easier than the snow between them, but by then you're basically at the summit.

Pretty cold and windy, but a nice clear sunny day. Saw a moose too!

Left my snowshoes in the car and ice-axe in the car; never needed them. Brought traction but opted not to use. Ski poles were helpful.

Photos (click for slideshow):
#1) view looking back up to the summit.  Cold and windy#2) just before the 2nd creek crossing#3#4#5) the turfy slopes leading up to the ridge

Comments or Questions
10/29/2021 11:37
Sick thanks for the update! How was the road up to the TH / where did you start?
Assuming it was fine but checking anyway.

TH update
10/29/2021 14:06
TH was fine for any vehicle. Started at Willow Creek TH up a few miles from Creede. I did not attempt the 4WD road (which has fallen trees in addition to being a burly road). Parked (and slept) right by the TH at the switchback. Started at 5:45am. Summited at 9:45. Back at the car at 12:15pm.

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