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Ascent of Wilson Peak on 2011-08-16

Climber: Patrick Lilly

Others in Party:daughter Trisha
Date:Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Wilson Peak
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14017 ft / 4272 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trisha and I did this one from the newly-opened Rock of Ages trailhead, which now replaces the former standard route through Silver Pick Basin. Starting farther west, it's a bit longer than the old route, but still the shortest way to this summit.
It took us just about four hours to reach the Rock of Ages saddle (13,020 ft.), and an amazing two-and-a-half hours to make the remaining 0.6 mile, 1,000-ft. climb to the summit.
The crux is, as advertised, the descent from the false summit (~13,985 ft.) and the final climb to the true summit. Both sides are steep, and it looks daunting at first, but the rock is solid.
Awesome views in all directions from the summit, and we benefitted from consistently good weather. 14er #49 for me, #48 for Trisha.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4032 ft / 1228 m
    Extra Gain:199 ft / 60 m
    Distance:8.6 mi / 13.8 km
    Trailhead:Rock of Ages TH  10383 ft / 3164 m
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:0 Days 6 Hours 35 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:0 Days 4 Hours 38 Minutes



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