Endlich span: Sheridan Mountain to Crevasse

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Endlich span: Sheridan Mountain to Crevasse

Sheridan to Crevasse a high-altitude treat
Tom and Ciran Miller summited Sheridan Mountain in June. Ciran, age 12, is a seventh-grader at Escalante Middle School. He pretty much ran up the peak.
Sheridan has a welcoming stone stairway that leads directly to the zenith. North of the crest are glaciated sheets of granite interspersed with water pockets.
The dark and severe north face of Point 12,450’ contrasts with the soft forms of spheroidal fins and spires on the mesa’s east rim.
The entire summit block of Crevasse is breaking apart, leaving a puzzle-like maze of cracks. Ephemeral cornice sculptures cling to the east rim of Endlich Mesa. The acicular Needle Mountains contrast with one of Colorado’s finest tundra expanses.
The bulk of the distance is quickly made on the Endlich Mesa Trail. Only the final half mile and 700 feet of vertical is off-trail. If weather is favorable, return on the east rim of Endlich Mesa ascending four numbered points to Crevasse before rejoining the trail.

Endlich span: Sheridan Mountain to Crevasse

Tom and Ciran Miller summited Sheridan Mountain in June. Ciran, age 12, is a seventh-grader at Escalante Middle School. He pretty much ran up the peak.
Sheridan has a welcoming stone stairway that leads directly to the zenith. North of the crest are glaciated sheets of granite interspersed with water pockets.
The dark and severe north face of Point 12,450’ contrasts with the soft forms of spheroidal fins and spires on the mesa’s east rim.
The entire summit block of Crevasse is breaking apart, leaving a puzzle-like maze of cracks. Ephemeral cornice sculptures cling to the east rim of Endlich Mesa. The acicular Needle Mountains contrast with one of Colorado’s finest tundra expanses.
The bulk of the distance is quickly made on the Endlich Mesa Trail. Only the final half mile and 700 feet of vertical is off-trail. If weather is favorable, return on the east rim of Endlich Mesa ascending four numbered points to Crevasse before rejoining the trail.
Travel Basics

Travel: Drive from Durango to Lemon Dam in a four-wheel-drive vehicle with good clearance and sturdy tires. A gravel road runs along the east side of the lake. The road splits 5.4 miles beyond the dam. Zero-out your trip meter as you turn right on Forest Service Road 597, East Florida Road. The next 10.7 miles are very slow on a rocky track riddled with large potholes. The road climbs steadily but is not steep or exposed. At 8.3 miles, go right, avoiding FSR 597C. At 10.1 miles, bear right again, avoiding FSR 597D. At 10.5 miles, go left at an unnamed fork. Park in the generous trailhead lot. Allow 90 minutes to 2 hours from Durango.
Distance and Elevation Gain: Sheridan is 12 miles roundtrip with 2,450 feet of climbing. The east rim return to Crevasse is 13.5 miles total with 3,050 feet of vertical.
Time: 5 to 8 hours
Difficulty: Fast trail, off-trail; navigation moderate; no exposure; Class 2-plus
Maps: Lemon Reservoir; Vallecito Reservoir; Columbine Pass, Colorado 7.5 USGS Quads; Weminuche Wilderness, Trails Illustrated No. 140

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