An underrated 13er that's worth your time ... Many Colorado 13ers don't get much love and those without names get even less! Still, hiking Peak 13078' from Poplar Gulch
is one that I recommend. The summit offers many great views in the Sawatch Range, and as it's usually the case with these mountains,
Peak 13078' is a drawing card for those who want to avoid the crowds. We only saw four hikers
on the entire trail -- all while we were coming down.
From the Poplar Gulch Trail in St. Elmo,
it was a 4.3 mile hike (one way) with a 3000' foot elevation gain.
You ascend out of Chalk Creek Canyon and will continue through meadows and forests. Then when I got above timberline, I got serious about taking pictures.
Two photos of this mountain view. It would be interesting to wander around there, set up camp and perhaps hike Peak 13050'.
Although you can't quite see the summit in this image, this is Peak 13078' as it comes to view.
At the saddle, the trail continues into Green Timber Gulch in South Cottonwood Canyon.
Here's a photo facing east. This trail heads up Peak 13078'.
There's one steep section. We rested many times, and I had many incentives to stop to enjoy this view behind us. :)
On The Summit
A rock pile on the summit. It's too bad this mountain doesn't have a name. I'm sure suggestions have been made, but I'd throw out "Mount Vernon" -- the name of my
friend and hiking partner Mike Vernon of Buena Vista. That sounds like a stately name for a peak like this.
:) (See a photo of us at the bottom of this photo gallery.)