Peak(s):  "Pear Pk"  -  13,462 feet
PT 13,517 A  -  13,517 feet
Date Posted:  09/22/2016
Modified:  10/24/2018
Date Climbed:   09/22/2016
Author:  Mtnman200
 A Pear Doubles the Fun   

When I was in the Winfield area in June, I skipped Pear Peak (13,462) and Unnamed (UN) 13517A (both accessible from Clohesy Lake) because I didn't want to drive across Clear Creek at the height of snowmelt season. Fall seemed like a perfect time to climb these two peaks.

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016
I drove through Buena Vista and on to Rockdale where I turned onto the Clohesy Lake jeep road. As expected, the water in Clear Creek was not a problem. I set up camp near the end of the road and got rained on while I was cooking dinner.

Fall has arrived along the Clear Creek Road near Vicksburg

I was aware that others had combined Pear Peak and UN 13517A in a single day, but the traverse sounded like it might be tricky so I planned to target UN 13517A tomorrow and Pear Peak on Friday.

Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016
Rain had fallen during the night, and I got up to overcast skies and some fog.

The clouds are out in full force already

I headed up the Pear Lake Trail, intending to leave the trail at about 11,240' and head WSW toward UN 13517A. The problem was that low-lying clouds blocked my view of the peak and I ended up overshooting where I'd intended to leave the trail.

Low-lying clouds made it difficult to see UN 13517A

No problem; I decided to continue on the Pear Lake Trail to about 12,160' (where the trail makes an abrupt curve from SE to NE) and then head up Pear Peak.

The east ridge of Pear Peak from where I left the trail at about 12,160'

My ascent route on the east ridge of Pear Peak; I aimed a little bit east of where I thought the summit should be

Once I reached Pear Peak's east ridge, this is the view I got. I reached the summit 10 minutes later

The intermittent rain made the lichen-covered rocks quite slippery, so I made it a point to be extra careful.

The fog lifted briefly so I got a view looking south down the valley from the summit of Pear Peak. Clohesy Lake is the lake y

I took a look at the ridge between Pear Peak and UN 13517A and decided that it didn't look too bad. There appeared to be some bailouts from the ridge in case the weather worsened, so down the ridge I went.

A look at the ridge to UN 13517A, which is about 1.75 miles away

A 13,220' ridge bump rears its ugly head. In general, the best way around obstacles is on the west side of the ridge

UN 13517A is getting closer. I thought the notch to the right of the summit would be a problem, but it wasn't

A CMC summit register had been placed on the summit of UN 13517A in 2014. Seven climbers signed in 2016, but only two in 2015. I could see a descent route all the way to the valley that began near the notch just east of the summit. It required zigzagging on ledges, but nothing too sketchy.

Looking back at my descent route from UN 13517A

Looking east toward the Pear Lake trail from the same location as the previous photo

I followed some game trails down to the Pear Lake trail. As long as they went the right direction, I didn't mind. Rain fell most of the way back to my campsite. Then the sun came out!

Fall foliage close to my campsite

More fall foliage on the east slopes of Huron Peak

It was nice to get both peaks in one day, but I hadn't brought any other maps with me so I couldn't really add another peak on Friday. That's okay; there's always next week.

Along the Clohesy Lake jeep road

Blue = ascent route; red = descent route

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Comments or Questions
Nice reds...
09/24/2016 09:42
in that last photo. You've powered through some tough weather these last few weeks to clean up a lot of those tri's.

aspens look great
09/24/2016 18:01
right time of year there

05/07/2019 16:39
Thanks, Dave and Brian. September can be a great time for climbing and enjoying the fall colors, but sometimes the weather's marginal. I still have a lot of tri's to go.

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