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Ascent of Santa Fe Mountain on 2018-12-01

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, December 1, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Santa Fe Mountain
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:10537 ft / 3211 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked along Squaw Pass Road and followed the obvious trails on national forest land using the GPS track of the Michek family. It was brutal cold and windy and I wish I wish I had more layers. Fingers were frozen...thinking wind chill around 15F. Snow on ground mostly on downclimb down to creek through north face woods about 3 inches deep. Thick woods
Yucky solo hike. The bushwhack on the south slope of Santa Fe was mostly dry of snow so that was fine but a lot of downfall and it was just a straight up class 2 slog. Few views. You do this to get a 1k prominence peak but this was not a particularly fun hike in the cold. Not the most beautiful bushwhack and no rock scrambling.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1937 ft / 589 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1000 ft / 304 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Grade/Class:1,2
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Clear
29F but wind chill 15F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1437 ft / 437 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 937 ft / 285 m; Extra: 500 ft / 152m
    Loss on way in:500 ft / 152 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route:followed the Michek family route all the way
    Start Trailhead:paved road Squaw Pass Rd  9600 ft / 2926 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:500 ft / 152 m
    Gain on way out:500 ft / 152 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km



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