Ascent of Sundance Mountain in 2000-06

Climber: Michael Kelly

Others in Party:Dave
Date:June, 2000
Ascent Type:No Summit Goal
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Sundance Mountain
    Elevation:12310 ft / 3752 m

Ascent Trip Report

This trail, officially called the Tundra Nature Trail, leads off the main road across Rocky Mountain National Park. The nature trail itself is a fairly typical NPS trail with an almost wheelchair-accessible feel to it, and lots of little signs along the way. However, this one has a hidden gem. At the end of the trail you come to a rock outcropping, with the appearance of a pile of car-sized boulders. On top of the highest of these piles there is a very unique instrument. Roughly cylindrical, it has a mostly-flat round top surface. In the middle there is a small bump. Around the outside edge the perimeter is raised up, but has dozens of small notches. Below each notch, written along the sides of the cylinder, is the name of a peak, its elevation, and distance from that spot. By squatting next to the instrument and sighting along the notch and the nub in the middle, you can see each at least 50 mountains in this beautiful 360-degree panorama.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:350 ft / 106 m
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:350 ft / 106 m
    Route:Tundra Trail
    Start Trailhead:11960 ft / 3645 m
Descent Statistics

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