Ascent of Broomfield County High Point on 2018-08-17

Climber: Dan Hildebrand

Date:Friday, August 17, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Broomfield County High Point
    Elevation:5840 ft / 1780 m

Ascent Trip Report

Well, it's by the side of the road, so I decided to make it a little more challenging by putting it at the midpoint of a run. If you need to car-bag it, there's a gravel lot on the north side of 128 in between McCaslin Blvd and Indiana St. Good luck getting across the road.

I started my run at the Greenbelt Plateau Trailhead, which is a paid Boulder OSMP lot, so bring your Boulder plates or some cash. I ran east on the High Plains trail, dodging a few bikes along the way. High Plains comes to an end on top of a ridge at the intersection of the Coalton trail and 128. I spent the next 2.5 miles on 128 until I crossed the road and tagged the highpoint at the south-east corner of Indiana St. and 128. I would have loved to make this a loop or take a little less road, but I ended up retracing my steps to the car. Once you're nearing the Broomfield County High Point you can get some views of Denver, although it was pretty hazy for me, and you can get some great views of the Flatirons on the way back toward the mountains.

I ended up doing 10 miles round trip and 700 feet of elevation gain, so I feel like I earned this side of the road high point and redeemed myself for my 2-minute effort on the Denver high point the previous day :)
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