14er: Wilson Peak

For my birthday weekend peak I decided to take on Wilson Peak (14,017′) the third of the 14ers in the San Miguel range. In addition to being a 14er, Wilson Peak is the San Miguel county high point.

I got a bit of a late start on Saturday but fall promised a high likelihood of a thunderstorm free day so I hit the trail from the Rock of the Ages TH at 9am enjoying the last of the morning chill.

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Wilson Peak from Rock of Ages Trail:

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Lower Silver Pick Basin:

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Selfie time!

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Upper Silver Pick Basin:

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Approaching Rock of Ages Saddle:

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From left to right, Gladstone Peak, Mt. Wilson, and El Diente.

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Wilson Peak summit:

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This short snowy section turned several parties in front of me around. I found that when I took it slow and careful it was pretty much a piece of cake. The snow wasn’t slicked out by the big guided group in front of me; instead, they’d made really nice flat foot spots to pair with pretty sold hand holds the whole way across.

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Final scramble towards the top:

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Summit of Wilson Peak!

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Looking down on Silver Pick Basin and the trail:

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Hello Lizard Head, some day I will climb well enough to summit you…

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It felt so good to be out on such a beautiful fall day! The day seemed so leisurely since I wasn’t getting chased out of the high country by lightning—fall hiking in the San Juans might just be the best!

Mileage: About 10mi RT
Elevation Gain: About 4000′
Time: 5.5 hours

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