Babcock Peak 4 Summit Traverse
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Babcock Peak as viewed from the traverse to Moss M...
There are four summits to Babcock Peak, this traverse climbs all of them from east to west. Begin on the easy slopes to the east of summit #1 (the eastern summit). From high in Tomahawk Basin, the approach is obvious. Follow 3rd class terrain up to summit of #1. Descend to the saddle between #1 and #2. The semi-technical summit of peak # 2 is reached with some moderate climbing where a rope may be helpful. There was webbing here last visit for a rap. Continue around the south side of the ridge up to the summit of #3. Traverse over to #4.
Extra credit (and extra fun): keep traversing the ridge out to Spiller Peak, or over to Moss Peak, or both.
On the central-west side of the La Plata mountains, one finds Tomahawk Basin. There is a fairly decent 4WD road leading up into the basin from the main 2WD road. Drive this to the end, and then hike into the upper basin.
A light alpine rack for summit #2. Some webbing.
The 4 summits of Babcock Peak from Tomahawk Basin.
By Ben Gleason
From: Durango, CO
Aug 9, 2015
rating: Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c
Climbed this east to west. Didn't encounter any climbing above maybe really low 5th; it honestly felt more like 4th, but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt. We rapped off the second and third summits, so it's possible there is some tougher climbing going up those if you go west to east, but it didn't look lIke it. I wouldn't recommend west to east anyway, because it would be loose as hell going up to the west summit from Tomahawk.
Still, this is a really fun alpine scramble (and a great day hike from Durango), despite the lack of any harder climbing.