Submitted By: mtnfiend on October 26, 2011
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The descent for the Knuckles is extremely dangerous. Do not go there unless you have experience with rocky terrain, steep runs, and variable snowpacks. This part of Berthoud is prone to avalnaches and slides due to a rocky bed surface, limited anchors, and the solar activity that this area gets. The entrance is not visible until you are right on top of the roll over, and very often people end up in the wrong spot. The knuckles are defined by the steep rollover, above rocky chutes. There is very little distance between treeline and the start of the rocky area. Use caution coming out of tree line, and make sure to test the slope for stability. If the snow slides, you will be dragged over sharp rocks and down a chute, into trees. Alternative Routes are down the shoulder to the NW or to the South down High Tail Trees or Shop Chutes. Exits for this descent are either the first turn off, or down the valley further to 7 mile.[more]
Deming Peak (12,902 ft) is an obscure "12er" that sits at the more southern end of the Gore mountain range. It can be accessed by several different drainages.
How to Get There
One way to access the peak is to use the meadow creek TH just off I-70 in Frisco (exit 203 - north side of I-70). You can also access the peak by starting at the Buffalo cabin or Ryan gulch TH in Silverthorne. Conceivable, one could also access the north side of the peak from the Gore/Deluge Creek drainages.
If approaching from Meadow Creek, follow the Meadow creek drainage WNW (large obvious trail - even with snow cover) towards Eccles pass. Once you start to clear the trees, the summit is visible. Head up the skinable SSE slope to the top.
If approaching from Buffalo Cabin, head up the South Willow Creek drainage to Red-Buffalo Pass (to access north slopes), or Eccles pass.