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Ascent of Red Hill on 2015-07-14

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Others in Party:Katrina
Date:Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Red Hill
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:7000 ft / 2133 m

Ascent Trip Report

Annie told us that Red Hill is the local's popular hike in Carbondale, so we had to go. We parked in the crowded lot just on the other side of the highway, then hiked up the road to the trailhead which has no parking. We took the left route which quickly took us to the edge of the cliffs that go down to the highway, offering up great views throughout the hike. There were a few other people out hiking, some with dogs. The landscape was very red, but the trees were also showing their rich green needles as it has been wet lately. We took some pictures at some lookout points, then made it to the top where there is a trail marker and Charlie's Dog Dish. We saw lightning and heard thunder coming from a storm on Sopris. We would have had to turn around much sooner today than we had yesterday, so I guess we lucked out? We then went out to a long point where we got to clamor around on some rocks and watch cyclists and rafters below. Afterward we took a different trail down which went through a meadow and had some switchbacks through a gully. I enjoyed hiking through yet another ecosystem this year. There's just so much variety.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:920 ft / 280 m
    Total Elevation Loss:920 ft / 280 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:880 ft / 268 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.7 km
    Route:Three Poles/Mushroom Rock
    Start Trailhead:Red Hill Parking Lot  6120 ft / 1865 m
    Time:50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:920 ft / 280 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 880 ft / 268 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m
    Gain on way out:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 3 km
    Route:Blue Ribbon/Triple Gulch
    End Trailhead:Red Hill Parking Lot  6120 ft / 1865 m
    Time:1 Hours 5 Minutes



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