Rio Grande County High Point Trip Report
Date: May 27, 2001
We rose early and headed to the eastern approach to Bennett Pk (13,203 ft). The rangers in Del Norte to
the North had told us that approach was snowed in miles away from Blowout Pass, ~11,700', so we opted
for a southern approach, via a 4WD road on Spring Creek, from the Platoro-Alamosa road. Rangers in La
Jara, responsible for the south side of the eastern San Juans, told me we probably wouldn't even make it to
the bottom of this road, off of the good gravel county road, due to snow. We were able to drive 3.6 of ~4.6
miles up it, and decided we could easily do the hike, as it is a relatively easy 1,500'+ in 2 miles from
We walked the road past 4' drifts to the Pass in 25 minutes, then took 2 hours to get to the summit, having
to post-hole through drifts in a couple of spots on the north side of Sheep Mountain. We had a fair
amount of wind and some rain on the top, and headed down to eat lunch on the southern grassy slopes.
We skirted the snow on the way back to the car in < 2 hours, and headed out.
Author: Dave Covill