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– Reinhold Messner

“North Anvil” – 12,296 feet

This gentle Summit of Grass sits quietly 0.5 mile north of its parent and companion, Anvil Mountain. You can easily climb these two mountains together.
'North Anvil' seen from the Anvil - 'North Anvil' saddle Gentle “North Anvil” from the Anvil – “North Anvil” saddle.
Jennifer striding onto the summit of 'North Anvil' Jennifer striding onto the summit of “North Anvil,” with Anvil Mountain watching.
Looking north from 'North Anvil' to 12,673-foot Ohio Peak Looking north from “North Anvil” to 12,673-foot Ohio Peak.
Jennifer on the summit of 'North Anvil' in the San Juan heartland Jennifer on the summit of “North Anvil” in the San Juan heartland.
Gerry took the above photos on 8/25/03

USGS 7.5’ Quadrangle: Silverton

East Slopes – 4.0 miles RT, 2,536 feet net & total, Class 1

This is the easiest route on “North Anvil.” Start at the Niagara Gulch Trailhead, and go 0.6 mile west up the steep road to the end of the road at 10,600 feet. Continue 1.0 mile west on the excellent trail to the top of the Irene Mine at 11,800 feet, then climb west up steep grass to the 11,980-foot saddle north of Anvil Mountain. At the saddle, turn north (right) and hike 0.2 mile up an old trail through the grass to the summit of “North Anvil,” where a 360-degree mountain mosaic waits for you.

Anvil – “North Anvil” Combo –

  4.5 miles RT, 3,018 feet net & total, Class 2

To climb both peaks, start at the Niagara Gulch Trailhead, and follow Anvil’s East Slopes Route to Anvil’s summit (Class 2). Return to the saddle, and hike 0.3 mile north to the summit of “North Anvil.”
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