"Link this route with Comanche Peak for an outstanding loop trip through the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness. Trail: Initial 6.5 miles, off-trail tundra and talus beyond.
A signed trail at the southwest corner of the parking area rises almost 0.5 mile to reach an intersection with the Rainbow Trail. Proceed to the right on the Rainbow Trail, and in less than 0.5 mile, take the left fork at a sign,“Venable Lakes 5 miles.” Continue southwest up the valley, with Venable Creek on your left. (A short side trail goes off left to Venable Falls.) Continue on the main trail, until it forks at an abandoned cabin. Take the left fork, leading to one of the Venable Lakes, and soon thereafter, to a signed fork. Take the left fork, rising southwest toward the unnamed pass, by way of a narrow shelf with steep drop-offs, known as the Phantom Terrace. At the pass, there is no sign. Leave the trail and ascend the ridge to the northwest, curving south to the summit cairn."