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Date Sunday  9/1/2019
End Date Monday  9/2/2019
Group Denver
Event Title 13er Centennial - California Peak - 13,849 feet (4,221 metres) - and Unnamed 13577 (ranked)
Start Time 1:00 PM
Status Complete
Leader Roger J. Wendell
Member Price Free
Available Participants 12
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Moderate
Classification Easy D
Trail Mileage 11
Elevation Gain 3,700
Driving Distance 420


California Peak is located in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness west of Walsenberg, Colorado.

For more info Contact

Roger J. Wendell - your humble leader 

mobile: 720-443-3944


Let's climb one of Colorado's 100 highest and grab another ranked 13er while we're at it!

This is a strenous hike with a lot of scree. Nevertheless, your humble leader is still in need of California Peak so let's do it! Your leader has been up to Unnamed 13,577, in August, so the route looks very clear from there.

From the Lily Lake trailhead we'll make our way to the lake and then up to Unnamed 13,577 (a ranked 13er). From there we'll take the long ridge to California Peak, possibly coming straight down if we feel a shortcut through even more scree is worth it...

Your humble leader will be researching a possible alternative route but, for now, Lily Lake is what's planned.


Note: We will not risk lightning - turning back anytime lightning becomes a threat.



This is a strenous hike with a lot of scree. Good boots are recommend as are all the layers of clothing you'd normally need at high elevation in Colorado - hat, rain gear, pack cover, sun protection, gloves, eyewear, long pants, longsleve shirt, wind shell, and warm layer.

Although water is plentiful along much of this route it does need to be purified. So, either carry at lest three litres for the day or be prepared to filter as needed. Also bring snacks and food along with your Ten Essentials.

Depending on our departure point from the Denver area, roundtrip driving distance will be about 420 miles. Multiply that distance by 30 cents per mile and then divide that amount by each person in the car (including the driver) and you have the price-per-person for mileage reimbursement. So, for example, if there's a total of three people in the car (including the driver) the two passengers then pay the driver $42 each. 

There will be about 35 miles (roundtrip) of rough all wheel/four wheel drive road to get us to the trailhead. Combined with the driving distance from Denver the CMC's proposed carpool formula (mentioned above) works well for this situation.