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Ascent of Centennial Cone on 2018-10-21

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Dan Conner
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, October 21, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Centennial Cone
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:8640 ft / 2633 m

Ascent Trip Report

Second time going after this peak and succeeded. The constraints are many. It sits in the middle of a protection area so you can not hike in there or on the trails near it during elk rutting season which is in spring. You can't go in there during hunting season but fortunately the permits area very limited to winter time. I think it was Nov thru Dec.
That means Oct is open. Finally, you can not hike on the trails during the weekend unless it is an odd numbered day. Good grief. last time all the stars aligned, we got rain and lightening. Today, was the day.

We parked in the NE parking lot to make it a hike. We headed down the big wide elk trail until we got next to the peak and then we headed up to the obvious saddle. We did not want to summit this from this side as it would be too easy. Trees, bushwhacking but no rock. The east and NE sides were too easy for sure. You can follow our GPS track. We swung around and contoured the mountain until we found the scrambling rock of the south face. We specifically headed up the SE corner. The rock was much harder as one swung further west along the south face.

We warmed up on some independent rock groupings that had class 3 through 5. I chose class 3 and 3+ and Dan immediately went for more vertical exposed scrambling. Once we made the vertical walls, it was a route finding game. We would use the class 2+ and 3 to get on ledges and then cliff out. I went further west and cliffed out in a section of all midlevel class 5. Dan found a 3+ 4 route up to a new ledge and swing around back to the east and climbed along the side of a gully 3+ and 4 to avoid the cactus. Dan's route had more exposure but both had plenty of consequences. Nearing the top, Dan found a free climb section that was about 20 feet of low class 5 and he free climbed it. I told him that was enough for the day and I wanted to see him stay off class 5 the rest of the way.

We thought we summitted but were on a false summit pinnacle and the true summit was a short bushwhack and one more scramble away. Dan, selected a harder class 4 route to end and I satisfied myself with an exposed class 3+ finish.

Then we headed down the rib and back toward the saddle of grass fields. I wanted one more small peak so we set out to climb the small grassy chaparral peak east of Elk Creek. Along the bearing we saw many mule deer scampering in the backcountry and then saw 3 or four isolated pinnacles that do not show up well on the USGS map. Dan insisted we go over all of them so he could play on rock more. We topped out on each pinnacle on the way to the other peak finding plenty of challenges in the 2,2+,3, and 4 range.

Fording Elk Creek was easy as there was little water there. We headed up a few remaining rock cropping where i ventured up some class 4. Dan had his show fall off and got over one hundred cactus spines in his foot and I was stuck taking them out. The he slipped and put a hand down in a cactus so this little bushwhack beat us up. The peak was not as exciting as Centennial Cone it was getting dark so off back to the car.

A great loop hike for sure
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1190 ft / 361 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1490 ft / 453 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.6 mi / 7.4 km
    Grade/Class:1,2+,3,3+,4
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1030 ft / 313 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 890 ft / 271 m; Extra: 140 ft / 42m
    Loss on way in:140 ft / 42 m
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    Route:Trail to open country to bushwhack to scramble
    Start Trailhead:Northeast parking lot  7750 ft / 2362 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1350 ft / 411 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1190 ft / 363 m; Extra: 160 ft / 48m
    Gain on way out:160 ft / 48 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:scramble to bushwhack
    End Trailhead:saddle between peaks  7450 ft / 2270 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Evergreen-9

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Centennial Cone2018-10-21 a1190 ft / 363 m
2Peak 78402018-10-21 b635 ft / 194 m
Total Trip Gain: 1825 ft / 557 m    Total Trip Loss: 1825 ft / 556 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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