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Pigeon & Turret Peaks Climb
Located in the remote and rugged Ruby Creek drainage Centennial 13'ers Pigeon Peak (13,972 ft.) and Turret Peak (13,835 ft.) are two of Colorado's most remote and challending 13'ers to access and climb. Our camp high in the upper Ruby Creek drainage affords us excellent access to these two challenging, yet worth while peaks. Other peaks in the area such as The Monitor and The Index provide breathtaking scenery and pose formidable challenge in their own right.
We utilize the D&SNGRR to access the wilderness area with a drop off at Needleton. After crossing the Needlton Bridge we begin the ascent into the Ruby Creek drainage. The backpack into Ruby Creek is characterized by often difficult trail conditions, making it one of the more challenging drainages in the Weminuche Wilderness to navitgate.
*If the dates of our regularly scheduled Pigeon and Turret Peak Climbs do not fit your schedule we can also arrange for private dates and trips upon request.
"Thanks for your skillful and safe guiding. We enjoyed so much the climbing, scenery, the jokes, and general group camaraderie. We had a great trip!"
- Joel & Sharon.
Day 0: Arrive to Durango and stay in a hotel. We will meet in the evening to do a gear check and ensure that you're packed and ready for the trip.
Day 1: In the morning we'll board the D&SNGRR train in Durango for the ride to Needleton and the start of the hike/approach into Pigeon Peak via the Ruby Creek drainage. After approximately 6 miles we reach our camp in upper Ruby Creek at the foot of both Pigeon and Turret and near the Monitor and Index Peaks.
Day 2: Rising early to avoid afternoon thunderstorms, we'll approach and climb the East Ridge of Pigeon Peak, which is characterized by a series of 3rd and 4th class ledges with some exposure in a beautiful setting. We will then descend and also climb the West Flank of Turret Peak which is characterized by 3rd class climbing.
Day 3: A leisurely morning allows us to pack our camp and head back to the train pick up at a reasonable pace. The train will pick us up at 3:45 pm and we'll arrive back to Durango around 5:45 pm with plenty of time to catch a shower and enjoy a celebratory dinner!
Trip Cost Includes: Backpacking and climbing guides for the duration of the trip. All group technical equipment required for the climbs. Tents, food (breakfasts & dinners), cooking gear, and D&SNGRR train tickets.
Not Included: Hotel costs before, during, or after the courses. 3% land use surcharge, trip cancellation insurance, personal climbing/camping equipment and gear, or guide gratuities.
Prerequisites: Participants should have previous backpacking or camping experience. Rock climbing experience is not required, but if you have never rock climbed we do recommend a half day of climbing with us in Durango prior to your trip to the Needle Range.
Reservation and Cancellation Policy: A 50% deposit is required for all reservations. The balance will be due on the 30 days prior to the start date of the trip. Cancellation must be made 60 days before first day of trip or course, otherwise your deposit will be forfeited. You can apply your trip deposit or fee toward a future trip or course that takes place within one year for a 15% fee. No credits or refunds for no shows or those leaving early. Please click on our Registration link to access the required registration forms.