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Ascent of Genesee Mountain on 2016-08-25

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, August 25, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Genesee Mountain
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:8284 ft / 2524 m

Ascent Trip Report

I parked at the first parking lot I could find the bison viewing parking lot right as you come over the expressway and turn left. The problem with that spot is the hiking trails do not start from there. I hiked up the road to the west and found the parking area in the actual Genesee mountain park where the hiking trails were but they were a little to gradual for my taste so I found the bison grounds and hiked a herd trail along the fence line through the woods until I took a beeline for the peak and cross open country-bushwhack to the near top. I stumbled onto a tiny formation of rocks that could be scrambled/scampered 2+ to easy 3 and hoped they would continue for at least some fun but the formation ended as soon as it began by topping out near the flag pole. Took a photo and called it my last acclimation of the hike of the day then off to Breckenridge to hope to do a 14er in the morning. I tried the maintained trail down for most of the way but it meandered around at the most meager of downslope and tempted me to go off trail again to get back to the car. At least I found a way to do this small park peak without the drive-up which was a victory as drive-ups are not my thing. On the way to Breckenridge it poured and thundered and asked the rain Gods to get it over with tonight so I could have good hiking weather in the morning to try something a bit more interesting.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:564 ft / 171 m
    Total Elevation Loss:30 ft / 9 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Grade/Class:1,2, minor 3
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Overcast
59F and cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:544 ft / 165 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 534 ft / 162 m; Extra: 10 ft / 3m
    Loss on way in:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Route:varied
    Start Trailhead:Buffalo viewing area parking lot  7750 ft / 2362 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:20 ft / 6 m
    Gain on way out:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Route:varied



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