When I rest, I rust.
– Placido Domingo
Teocalli Mountain – 13,208 feet
This is an easy Elk Range Thirteener with a sumptuous summit view.
||Teocalli seen from the northwest across upper West Brush Creek
Gerry took this photo on 7/31/04
||Jennifer approaching Teocalli’s easy southeast slopes
Gerry took this photo on 8/9/03
USGS 7.5’ Quadrangle: Gothic
Southeast Slopes – 5 miles RT, 2,768 feet net & total, Class 1+
|This is the easiest route on Teocalli. From the
West Brush Creek 4WD Trailhead
at 10,440 feet, follow the Teocalli Trail (FT 554) west for 1.2 miles as it
climbs across the lower, southwest slopes of Teocalli Mountain to reach the
junction with the Teocalli Ridge Trail on the ridge at 11,100 feet. Leave
the main trail here, and follow a good use trail north through the woods for
200 yards to treeline where you can see the upper slopes of Teocalli (see
photo). Climb northwest up the long, steepening grass slope toward a cliff
on the southeast ridge. The use trail disappears in the grass. At the base
of the cliff, angle northwest following the strata for 200 yards, and bypass
the cliff. Once above the cliff at 12,800 feet, you can see the summit. Hike
0.25 mile west up a mixture of grass and rocks to the summit. The view from
here is Elkerrific, and includes all five Elk Fourteeners.