Peak(s):  Cotopaxi Peak - 7873
Lookout Mountain - 8500
Date Posted:  01/01/2017
Date Climbed:   12/26/2016
Author:  tomcat32
 Visiting Obscure Lower Peaks   

I did a few shorter hikes to smaller peaks not too far from where I live. Dare I say a ranked 7er and 8er but I'm just in it for the outdoor time in the mountains so I'm content exploring the smaller obscure places, especially places I have driven by numerous times and look interesting.

The first such place called Longfellow Gulch, was just after Thanksgiving and isn't even a peak. It's a hike to an abandoned mining settlement just outside of Salida that someone local told me about. There are some old ruins that are in pretty good shape. I got to spend some time in the woods and saw about 14 Bighorns.

The second hike was the day after Christmas to Cotopaxi Peak, just south of it's namesake settlement. If you ever traveled CR 1A heading towards the Sangres you have driven right past it. You can also see it's northern reaches from US 50 in the area. It's a jumble of rock that caught my eye after driving past it endless times when I lived in the area or drive to the Sangres. It's a fun little mountain with awesome up close views of the northern Sangres

The next day I headed to Lookout Mountain, not too far from Cotopaxi Peak. I drove by this one daily too when I lived in the area and always wanted to check it out but didn't know how to access it. A Lists of John TR gave me the beta I needed and I climbed it the next day. This too is short but has class 3-4 moves depending where you attack the cliffy summit block.

I have thorough TRs and lots of pictures at my blog at the link below for anyone interested on some obscure destinations. The latter two are definitely more interesting and may even be worth checking out if you have extra time on a Sangres trip.

Comments or Questions
Good Work!
01/02/2017 13:31
I was down that way in October climbing Little Horn, Fluted, & Horn. On the drive home these lower peaks (Cotopaxi in particular) seemed to jump out at me. This beta on these might be all I need to make them happen in the next few years! Thanks!

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