Our Hike On The Continental Divide Trail: Cottonwood Pass To Mt. Kreutzer - September 20, 2008
Mt. Kreutzer is a mountain that earns little respect!
First of all, hardly anyone hikes this 13er located on the
Divide. The guestbook at the summit showed we were the first to sign
in for the entire month of September. Secondly, the mountain is difficult to spell:
It is Mt Kreutzer, not Mt. Kruetzer.
(The "e" and "u" together has vexed myself and others
whom I've communicated with about this peak.)
We began our hike shortly after sunrise at
and hiked on portions of
the Continental Divide Trail. The construction of this trail is a work in progress,
but every year more and more trail is created. In the future, a trail will completely
link Cottonwood Pass to Tincup Pass
as part of the grand vision of a
north-south Continental Divide Trail
through the entire Rocky Mountains from Montana to
Our hike distance was approximately 5-6 miles one way to Mt. Kreutzer.
When there was no trail, we stayed on the ridge
and worked our way over and past a number of peaks in the 12,500 to 12,800 foot range.
The day before, Derek and Aaron drove and parked a
Chaffee County Road 344 in Mineral Basin, located in the upper reaches of
South Cottonwood Canyon.
We finished our one-way journey after hiking
down the divide (north of Mt. Kreutzer) to reach our vehicle.
Special thanks to Derek and Aaron for being part of the adventure. We had a good
time! As usual,
my National Geographic topographical map (Buena Vista / Collegiate Peaks) was
handy at times.
Photo Above: Standing on the Continental Divide, the
view of Mt. Kreutzer (center) with Emma Burr Mountain
far back to the right.
Early in our hike, the easterly view of the sunrise colors.
Turner Peak is the pointed peak on the left and Mt. Princeton
sits far back right of center.
We went past this unnamed point (~12,800 feet)
at the top. I once hiked to this peak in July 2007
and I looked forward to entering unchartered land when we passed it.
Notice the red shades on the ground.
One more time: Special thanks to Derrick and Aaron for being such
beguiling hiking partners. :)
Patches of snow! Interestingly,
there are still a few remaining patches of snow
from last winter that never entirely melted during our summer.
Snow all year round ... I know my friends in places in
Georgia will find this amusing! :)
So far, the mountains have already received a few snowstorms with the first happening
in mid-August. You can see more of my snow photos here: Steve's Snow Photos.
Photos as we continued south along the divide.
The second (bottom) photo was taken looking back
near the pointed peak in the top one.
The sun finally rose up to give us a bright view of Taylor Park.
If you know your small lakes in this region,
you might recognize these as Lost Lake (left)
and Spout Lake (right) respectively.
Both small bodies of water are located east of the divide and are part of the
Middle Cottonwood Creek watershed.
Looking north at some striking cliff formations.
We continued south. We walked along a large slope
(on the left in the immediate foreground) near the
summit of Chalk Rock Mountain.
I like this picture because of the bright red foliage,
yellow grass, touch of green and blue sky. Looking north on the divide,
Chalk Rock Mountain is the
highest point on the left. 14er Mt. Yale's summit
can be seen way on the far right.
Two photos as we approached Mt. Kreutzer
with Emma Burr Mountain behind on the right.
At The Summit of Mt. Kreutzer
The westerly view of Gunnison County from the summit.
Ahhhhh ... a nice picture of myself, Aaron and Derrick.
Yes folks, I am a proud
Arkansas Razorbacks fan!
With the Arkansas football team hosting Alabama today, I thought I would show some
team spirit by holding the Arkansas state flag.
I go hog wild over the Razorbacks! Sadly, Alabama
beat Arkansas 49-14 today. :(
Video Clip - Hike To Mt. Kreutzer, CO
Footage of us hiking along the Continental Divide to Mt. Kreutzer.
At the summit, I show some of the beautiful views and my friends hold the Arkansas state flag. :)
The autumn colors
are at their peak in the altitude range of 12,000 feet. Adjacent are a few photos.
As we were driving down Chaffee County Road 344 toward Cottonwood Lake.