Ascent of Guns Gathering on 2019-07-27
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Saturday, July 27, 2019|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||11152 ft / 3399 m|
Ascent Trip ReportBad weather rolling in today by 10 AM so I could not do a big summit. I got up early with the hope of driving up Evans Road and doing some of the 13ers and subpeaks near Evans but as luck would have it, it was bike race day and the road was closed above 11,000 feet. Scrambling for a backup plan with little time, I decided to make it a bushwhacking day and grab the small prominence foothill peaks along the road that I had not done before. Much solitude and not a bad day.
Two peaks were already in the database: Devil’s Nose and Mount Judge. I saw two other unregistered climbs in the area so I added them for sport and exercise. Only Judge exceeds 300 foot of rise. Summary of each follows:
1) Juniper Pass Point 11,050 – I stopped at this pull out with tables and forest signs. There is a short trail to the back of the range that has fantastic views. Frankly, the best views of the day despite this being a weenie hike. Seeing some great class 3 rock along the way, I decided to scramble up the small 100 foot plus rise pinnacle that is next to the pull out. If you do it from the pass it offers class 3 and up. If you do it from the West side it is a simple class 2. Note that the USGS map calls Juniper Pass the saddle further to the east. The pull off with the sign is up next to this interesting little feature. I selected a route that was mostly class 3 with some exposure near the edge (3+). Once on the ridge line there are sheer cliff drops of over 100 feet that are pretty nice views. Near the summit there are bolts in the rock indicating some folks come up the cliff edge and rappel down (or climb up). For a quick stop and hike and excellent views this is the place along the road to Evans and not much sign that many people scramble this small feature for the views.
2) Guns Gathering Point 11,152– OK I originally entered this peak as Point 11152 but after bushwhacking it the name I gave it fits like a charm. First of all an explanation why…. Devil’s Nose is a peakbagger feature with some 9 summits and a LOJ and a summitpost site so I was expecting something grand. But that little peak has only 57 feet of rise and crappy views! So looking at the topo I notice that this peak is actually the higher peak on this small ridgeline and it might actually cross the 300 foot rise threshold. As it turns out it is around 250 feet of rise but heck that is still better than Devil’s Nose so it needs to be climbed! On my bushwhack up I began to encounter shot gun shells everywhere. Then some beer cans. Ut oh!....then the fire rings. I ended up spotting around 30 fire rings! What the heck happens up here a gathering of gun owners shooting at clay disks? Then I started to find broken clay disks too! My GPS fouled up so the track has a missing gap. Very few views at the top of this taller prominence point so I was disappointed. Later having completed Devil’s Nose, I would have to say that the silly little Juniper Pass Point had the most reward. Later in the day I heard guns firing somewhere near Guns Gathering. There were none early in the morning when I was there. Surprising that that much shooting goes on near the Evans Road and in the middle of summer.
3) Mount Judge 10,301 – There is a large parking area part of the Denver Mountain Parks (DMP) across the street from this peak. Park there. I tried to follow the track of the Michek family, but I meandered all over but near their track. If you look hard, you fill find many places where there was some sort of old 4-wheel trail based on the spacing – opening between trees. I found it and lost it several times. There is some rock in places, but this is mostly a bushwhack through solitude. There are some views near the top, but the summit is non-descript. The peak does have over 500 feet of rise to it is a worthy ascent from that standpoint. Fortunately, the trees are spaced nicely so it is an easy bushwhack not like the mess that nearby Santa Fe offers. This is a pleasant bushwhack compared to the nightmare slog I had on that peak.
4) Devil’s Nose 11, 057 – With bikes everywhere, parked alongside the road and hiked down towards the lake to start my ascent. I found an easement with power poles and followed them up to the ridge. That was wide open but steep class 1+ Finding the ridge, I continued up on easier open terrain to the top. Disappointed that the peak has such an impressive name and finding no “nose” I elected to beeline down the side of the feature hoping to find some rock. On the way down I did get to downclimb some class 3 but nothing real interesting. I know I saw more rock from the road but my GPS track did not encounter much.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||432 ft / 131 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||80 ft / 24 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||1.4 mi / 2.3 km|
| Quality:||3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Bushwhack|
| Gain on way in:||382 ft / 116 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 352 ft / 108 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m|
| Loss on way in:||30 ft / 9 m|
| Distance:||0.6 mi / 1 km|
| Route:||Bushwhack due North to ridge|
| Start Trailhead:||Roadway pull out 10800 ft / 3291 m|
| Loss on way out:||50 ft / 15 m|
| Gain on way out:||50 ft / 15 m|
| Distance:||0.8 mi / 1.3 km|
| Route:||SE to road; road back to car|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Evans-2|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 4148 ft / 1263 m Total Trip Loss: 3165 ft / 963 m
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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