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By Joshua Adam Cook
Sep 2, 2014
Sunday August 31st from Trail #1885 in the Gore Mountain Range. Heading to Powell and Peak C Amphitheatre from Trail #1889 confluence, near Piney River Ranch in the Eagle's Nest Wilderness.
Mild sleet glazing had graced the 12K+ level last night. Day was slightly overcast yet minimal wind and pleasant in the valley. Slight wind travelling down slope.
Around 4:30pm - minor sleet and fierce (body pushing) wind howling over ridge top. Precipitation on east side of Peak C, even though mild weather was on the west side of the Gore Range.
In Powell Peak Cirquem the sun was shining (intermittently) as we descended around 6pm.
By Joshua Adam Cook
Sep 2, 2014
Sunday, August 31st, 2014 around 9am four of us took trail #1885 from the Piney River Ranch public parking lot (for information and access to trail #1885 check out- fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUM.... #1885 can be identified on a Colorado Gazetteer and once it breaks from trail #1889 goes towards the falls.
At a well used area around some falls, there is a place to camp and one can continue to pursue a trail next to the stream (off to the right) or break off to the left at that campsite and head toward Powell Peak. The trail up toward Powell generally follows the creek on the lefthand side. It's a bit difficult to decipher sometimes. When in doubt, stay close to the creek. The amphitheater you will enter below Powell and Peak C provides a plethora of saddle hiking options.
The first saddle on the left is a saddle to the left of Powell. The saddle straight ahead once you come over the hill crest (with a campsite on your right) is the Powell Peak-Peak C saddle. To access the Northwest Ridge of Peak C get straight after the Powell Peak-Peak C saddle. However, the next saddle to the right (or third from the left) will provide access to Peak C's southern aspect. We went to the crest of this saddle and discovered another amphitheater. We lost some elevation and chose the third main gully to ascend Peak C. This provided fun 3rd and 4th class scrambling to the summit of Peak C. If you don't like the gully you chose, just keep climbing up and traverse over when you feel comfortable. Sleet and intense wind smashed us in the face at the top of the ridge. Navigate the ridge to the summit however you feel comfortable. Descent is the same as the ascent.