“Anderson Peak” (Ranked, 13,631′, #179)
“Petroleum Peak” (Ranked, 13,505′, #252)
Larson Peak (Ranked, 12,908′, #708)
Truro Peak (Ranked, 13,282′, #413)
“West Truro” (Ranked, 13,140′, #536)
Unnamed 13,090 (Ranked, 13,090′, #577)
A few weekends back Anna-Lisa, myself, and a few friends added another chapter to our annual Twin Lakes camping trip. We normally look to pull this trip off in August but this year schedules dictated it’d have to be late-June. As has become customary, Anna-Lisa and her friend Melina set off to summit another 14er (Mt. Yale this time) while I looked for 13er options in the area.
After much deliberation I decided to head over Indy Pass and up the Lincoln Creek Road to check out the Anderson/Truro area. I had only been up Lincoln Creek once previously to ski the Grizzly Couloir in 2011, so I was excited to revisit the area and check out a few lesser-traveled peaks.
To give credit where credit is due, my plan originated as a spin off of Steve and Ryan’s very similar day in which they climbed Anderson’s east ridge and combined it with Petroleum before hopping across the Galena Creek drainage and tagging the Truros. Other than their TR, I hadn’t seen an account of anyone combining these pairs of peaks, but from a topographical and efficiency standpoint, it makes perfect sense.
I figured I’d start things off in identical fashion as them and add resident 12er Larson Peak in addition to the Unnamed 13er directly north of West Truro. Steve, thanks again for all the beta!
I was able to get up the Lincoln Creek Road with relative ease and continue past the reservoir along the “4WD” section for a mile or so. I could have made it even further but elected to park at the base of the gully coming off Pt. 13,090, as that was where I intended to end my day provided I had the weather to pull it off. From my parking spot the road walk to the Lincoln Creek crossing went quickly. I removed the shoes and forded Lincoln Creek and before long I was making good time up the east ridge of Anderson Peak.
True to form, Steve and Ryan wound up taking the path of most resistance up Anderson’s east ridge, tacking it directly which required some class 4 scrambling. After I rounded the corner to the south I could see their route in front of me. The undertaking looked fairly complex and with intermittent snow drifts still lingering high on the peak, I opted for an easier traverse over to Anderson’s south ridge (i.e. the path of least resistance). This worked out well, and despite a series of loose gravel covered ledges which did their best to hamper my progress, I was able to gain the ridge and top out on Anderson a few minutes later.
Anderson’s summit is a cool one, with front row views of the Elks and a very real sense of solitude in the western-Sawatch. Peering down a few of the couloirs on Anderson’s northeast face had me thinking a return trip with skis might be a good idea, although I’d imagine getting up that road in spring might suck.
From the summit of Anderson it took less than an hour to run the easy ridge over to Petroleum. From it’s summit, I was able to foot glissade down a few patches of snow into the large basin between Anderson and the Truros. It was still early and Larson Peak looked too close to pass up. For the record, I do not have an LOJ account.
The ridge on Larson was fun and went quickly. The best views of the day were had from Larson’s summit, which is arguably the best reason to climb it if you have the time and energy. The Truros appeared wild and rugged from my vantage point. Very reminiscent of Gore Range peaks.
After downing some fluids I reversed the route down Larson’s ridge and descended north to the small pond that feeds Galena Creek. From there I was able to traverse the grassy basin and work my way up to the Truro/West Truro saddle at 12,180 ft with relative ease. From the saddle, I traversed up and across Truro’s loose, blocky northwest face and topped out around 10:15pm.
With clouds building to my east I didn’t stay on top of Truro for long. I knew I had to make good time across the traverse and was able to do so by skirting below a majority of the towers on their south side. Staying true to what I had read in other reports, I hopped over to the north side of the ridge just east of the final tower and had a relatively straightforward route to the summit from there. “West Truro” sure is a cool summit. I wish I could have stayed a tad longer.
At this point I had stopped enjoying my hike and was just motivated to beat the weather over to my final peak of the day and get down to the car. The ridge from West Truro out to Unnamed 13,090 went quickly. I was able to save some elevation by skirting below a few sub-points on the east side of the ridge.
A couple thousand foot talus/grass knee bash fest had me down my target gully I parked at the bottom of in a jiff. There I took a moment to enjoy an Independence Pass Ale (I figured why not) before embarking on the long drive back down the road to Highway 82.
Back at the campground I was happy to discover that Anna-Lisa, Melina, and Jax were successful on Mt. Yale. After a peaceful evening of corn hole and hops we traded in early and managed to beat traffic back to Denver the next day, keeping the “stress free” trip alive for one more year.
All in all this was a fun loop and a great way to combine a grouping of fine peaks in the western-Sawatch. If you’re camping in the Twin Lakes area and don’t mind an hour and a half drive from there to the TH, you should check it out sometime 🙂