Hike To Unnamed Point 9,390 Feet - Chaffee County, CO
Photos of a Journey to a Mountain Point Near Buena Vista, Colorado - October 17, 2009
Isn't it a shame when a pretty mountain does not have a name? Well the peak I hikeed today might not
compare to the loftier peaks in the
Sawatch Range (to the west) or have a feature that "knocks one's socks off,"
but I can vouch for it nonetheless! This peak, situated a few miles east of Buena Vista which I simply term "Unnamed Point 9,390 Feet,"
had very nice views at the top.
Directions: From Johnson Village, CO, travel east on Highway 24 & 285 and turn north at the
Collegiate Peaks Overlook turn off.
Approach the overlook and bear right toward Chaffee County Road 304. At another major fork, I turn
right onto County Road 376A which traveled all the way to the east side of this peak.
In retrospect, a 4-wheel drive vehicle
is a very good idea for this road. I had no choice but to park about 1.5 miles in and walk
the remaining distance on the road to the base of the peak.
(As usual, this is one of those hikes where I highly recommend having a topographical map:
Buena Vista & Collegiate Peaks, Colorado - Trails Illustrated Map #129, so you can
figure out on your own how to best travel and navigate through the area.)
||This pictorial begins with a photo taken from the side
of the road in my vehicle in Johnson Village. The right peak with the arrow is the
mountain I would climb today.
Two other noteworthy peaks are marked:
#1 - Midland Hill Summit
Midland Hill (4/07)
Midland Hill (Northeast Ridge, 1/09)
Midland Hill (3/09)
#2 Unnamed Peak 9,124 Feet
Unnamed Point 9,124' (2/09)
|Two views of this peak as I traveled on Chaffee County Road 376A.
|Thanks to a very rugged road,
I parked my vehicle on the south side of the peak and walked approximately one half mile to the east side of the peak.
You might notice this side of the mountain isn't as steep as its rocky eastern and southern face shown above.
TOP: I walked to the saddle and "grunted" a short but steep portion on the north slope of the mountain.
MIDDLE: A closer view of the mountain with some pretty trees thriving along a small creek bed.
It is too bad I came a few weeks too late to snap what might have been a much more colorful picture!
THIRD: Ah, but at least there was some lingering
autumn color on the mountain. It wasn't much,
but it was bright.
My autumn photo galleries for 2009:
Autumn vs. Winter
Two Days of Autumn Photography
Lost Canyon Road
Early September Foliage
||Summit of Unnamed Point 9,390 Feet
The view to the north which includes the Buffalo Peaks.
||To the northwest north, I had a great view of
Mt. Elbert and
Mt. Massive way up the Arkansas River Valley. :)
||To the northwest was
Mt. Yale and Mt. Columbia way out there covered in snow.
||Facing east, the view of
Mt. Princeton (left) and
Mt. Yale (right) with the town of Buena Vista hidden behind Midland Hill's pinion-dotted landscape.
Also if you look closely, Emma Burr Mountain and
Jones Mountain can be identified in the middle far off.
||The view to the southwest, which includes Mt. Ouray (far left),
Mt. Antero (center) and Mt. Princeton (right).
By the way, if you really love the view of Mt. Princeton, I invite you to visit my web site that includes 3.5 years of photos of the mountain:
||I walked a short distance on the peak's west side to
take a look at how steep the rock face was... it was indeed steep! Adjacent is one photo of some of those large rocks as I faced south.
|Two photos to the west, which include Limestone Ridge (alt. 10,132 feet at the highest point).
Ascending that ridge will probably be my next adventure in this area. ;)
My pages and hikes from this area east of Buena Vista:
Davis Meadow Trail
|It was a nice morning for a hike.
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