Spencer Peak  
Condition Updates  
Route: Little Molas Lake
Posted On: 2022-02-10, By: angry
Info: Alpine start of 11am. Unseasonably warm. Road packed to campground with skin tracks all over the place. Nice and easy jaunt especially if you're short on time. 
Route: From Little Molas Lake/CO Trail
Posted On: 2021-06-01, By: supranihilest
Info: The winter closure on US 550 is one mile from the upper parking lot. At the upper lot follow the Colorado Trail. When it passes the second white rock band leave the trail to the north/right and follow the rocks for a ways, then pick through the forest towards Turkshead Peak (looks like a nipple). There's some snow in the forest but it can be mostly avoided. Once above treeline head towards the obvious saddle left of Turkshead, climbing across some snow to the top, then cross a long snow traverse towards Spencer. Once on Spencer's south ridge take a side trail to the right (marked by a small cairn) to the summit, all dry. Gear: no special gear needed but some may want spikes and/or an axe for the snow crossing. We got by with just trail runners. 
Route: From Little Molas Lake/CO Trail
Posted On: 2020-08-20, By: supranihilest
Info: Short, easy route from the Colorado Trail trailhead near Little Molas Lake. Go in a northern direction towards the peaks linking trail segments and dry creeks as you go. On the way up I had a significant willow bash that I was able to avoid on the descent. Near the "Turkshead Peak"/"West Turkshead Peak" saddle find the trail and follow it up the saddle and across open slopes until it begins rising up Spencer Peak's west face. You can ascend Spencer's north or south ridges, both have trails through the talus. Loose rock abounds on this route but it's all Class 2. Sultan Mountain and Grand Turk are obvious additions to the hike. I also did "West Turkshead Peak", a ranked 12er, by walking up the grassy slopes near the "Turkshead"/"West Turkshead" saddle. 

Return to the main Peak Conditions page
© 2022 14ers.com®, 14ers Inc.