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    Venable Peak

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    Peak Name
    CO Rank
    Contiguous US Rank
    Elevation
    Venable Peak
    367
    474
    13,334'
    Comanche Peak
    418
    535
    13,277'
    Spring Mountain
    443
    573
    13,244'
    12873
    736
    991
    12,873'
    Round Mountain
    3142
    >1000
    8709'
    Bull Domingo Hills HP
    3174
    >1000
    8675'
    Beckwith Mountain
    3273
    >1000
    8549'
    Democratic Mountain
    3281
    >1000
    8540’

    Distance: ~18 miles
    Elevation Gain: ~8000’

    Peaks

    Steve Knapp had contacted me earlier in the week and wanted to meet up to climb some 13ers. We decided on the northern Sangre de Cristo Mountains since we knew the snow would be minimal there and was also not too far from Denver. We met in Lone Tree, Colorado at 4:30 am and drove to the Venable/Comanche TH just outside of Westcliffe, Colorado. We started hiking a little after 7 am and both agreed an earlier start would have been desirable, since it was so hot, but waking up at 3 am was early enough for me.

    The good trail leads all the way to the Comanche Peak-Spring Mountain saddle, where we left our packs for the quick jaunt up Comanche Peak. We returned to our packs, then continued onto Spring Mountain. Then we descended south off of Spring Mountain to regain the trail, then followed the trail to the Venable Peak-Spring Mountain saddle and continued cross country to the summit of Venable. Next, we descended north to Venable Pass and picked up an old trail that contoured quite nicely towards 12873. We dropped our packs at the saddle above Venable Lakes and made the quick hike to the summit of 12873. We returned to our packs and descended down to the Venable Lakes on easy terrain. Steve went for a swim while I continued down to the TH.

    We drove back to Westcliffe where we refueled the vehicle and ourselves, then drove up County Road 253 to its end. We hiked up Bull Domingo Hills Highpoint from here. The heat was intense on this hike. Next, we drove to the intersection of County Roads 251 and 255. We hiked to the summit of Round Mountain from here. Luckily, the cloud cover grew and the winds picked up, which provided us some relief from the high 80 degree temperatures. We drove back into Westcliffe to grab dinner, then drove up a road only shown on some maps nearly to the summit of Beckwith Mountain. This was a cool summit with blocky rocks. Finally, we drove up County Road 29 to where an old road is shown on the map. We were unable to locate the road from here, so we parked at a windmill and hiked to the summit, finding the old road en route.


    Comanche Peak from the trail. Photo: Steve Knapp


    Comanche Peak from the saddle. Photo: Steve Knapp


    Venable Peak from Spring Mountain. Photo: Steve Knapp


    12873 from Spring Mountain. Photo: Steve Knapp


    Venable, Comanche, Spring & 12873 Map


    Bull Domingo Hills Highpoint Map


    Round Mountain Map


    Beckwith Mountain Map


    Democratic Mountain Map
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