Peak(s):  Stewart Pk  -  13,983 feet
Organ Mtn A  -  13,801 feet
"Phoenix Pk"  -  13,895 feet
Baldy Alto  -  13,698 feet
Date Posted:  07/11/2012
Date Climbed:   07/05/2012
Author:  kmensch
 High 13ers from Stewart Creek - Too long for one day   

My initial idea was to climb Stewart, Organ, and Phoenix from the Stewart Creek TH in one day. The 28.5 mile RT outing with over 11,000' total vertical gain was too much for me, and I ended up camping in Canon Diablo before summiting Phoenix Peak. This was still an achievement, given the poor weather and time spent bushwhacking in the willows and the forest brush. I thought that I may need to camp, so it did mean having to carry a tent, sleeping bag, stove, and food for the whole way except the RT ascent up Phoenix from Canon Diablo. My recommendation to anyone planning to do these peaks is to bring a GPS. It was essential to me to find the right peak and to navigate through unknown and unmarked territory. With good weather, knowing the route ahead of time, and going fast and light, these peaks "could" be done in a long, tiring day.

See photos and captions on my Facebook at:

Facebook photos and captions of Stewart, Organ, and Phoenix peaks

Comments or Questions
Thanks for the pictures
02/11/2013 16:16
I'm planning on doing Phoenix-San Luis-Stewart in a day this summer and I've wondered about the Canon Diablo trail. Looks like I'll be avoiding and taking a higher ridgeline to Phoenix. My mapped route comes in at 23mi and 8900' elev gain.

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