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Ascent of Dinosaur Ridge on 2016-08-24

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Dinosaur Ridge
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:6660 ft / 2029 m

Ascent Trip Report

A little more scenic hike than Green Mountain, with some nice pine and oak at the top of the hike along the zorro trail. Collected some gamble oak leaves for my tree plates at home. The views are a little more interesting on the hogback ridge of this hike than Green Mountain and the trail far less used and narrow. I was moving too fast to look for dinosaur tracks. I was up in 15 minutes and down in 10 and then back to the car. My total hiking time between Green and Dinosaur was about 85 minutes. I used the "trogging" technique (trek up and jog down). Traffic back to Denver was twice as long but still made it back by 7:40 to shower and dress and meet my colleagues for breakfast and out the door to walk to the office by 8:00 AM. Denver residents are blessed with outdoor opportunities all around them!

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:625 ft / 189 m
    Total Elevation Loss:625 ft / 190 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Partly Cloudy
65F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:620 ft / 188 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 610 ft / 185 m; Extra: 10 ft / 3m
    Loss on way in:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:Zorro Trail to Dakota Ridge Tr
    Start Trailhead:Parking Lot between Parks  6050 ft / 1844 m
    Time:15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:615 ft / 187 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 610 ft / 185 m; Extra: 5 ft / 1m
    Gain on way out:5 ft / 1 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:same in reverse
    End Trailhead:Parking Lot between Parks  6050 ft / 1844 m
    Time:10 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: DinoGreen

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Green Mountain2016-08-24 a805 ft / 245 m
2Dinosaur Ridge2016-08-24 b625 ft / 191 m
Total Trip Gain: 1430 ft / 436 m    Total Trip Loss: 1430 ft / 436 m



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