Ascent of Estes Cone on 2014-08-23

Climber: Rob Anthony

Others in Party:Thomas and Bill Kent
Date:Saturday, August 23, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Estes Cone
    Elevation:11006 ft / 3354 m

Ascent Trip Report

Climbed with my best man Thomas and his dad to celebrate his successful PhD defense at Ohio State. Got an early start and let Bill (66) set the pace. Nice wooded hike with very little traffic heading up, especially for a Saturday. The trail is slightly rocky and slows ascends for about 2.5 miles, passing over a stream and by an interesting mining site from the turn on the century. At 2.5 miles, the trail steepens and soon becomes a fun class 2 climb up solid boulders. The summit is relatively flat and has several quartzite outcrops to scramble around on. The high point is to the south, and I took a class 3 scramble route along a rocky ridge to attain it. There appears to also be a class 2+ route if you circumnavigate the rocky ridge.

Spectacular views of Longs Peak, Estes Park, and Rocky Mountain National Park. Traffic picked up on the way down, and we probably saw close to 20 people headed up.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2006 ft / 610 m
    Extra Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.6 mi / 10.6 km
    Route:Estes Cone Trail
    Trailhead:Longs Peak Campground   9400 ft / 2865 m
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 0 Minutes

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