Ascent of Butzel Hill on 2016-09-21

Climber: David Parratt

Date:Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Butzel Hill
    Elevation:8264 ft / 2518 m

Ascent Trip Report

We were visiting family in the Boulder Heights subdivision. Their home looks towards the Continental Divide and the nearest peak in that direction is Butzel Hill. It was a pleasant day for hiking and we started at their home on Overlook Lane. We walked along Overlook Lane to Mine Lane and then down the emergency evacuation road to Sunshine Saddle ( elevation 7480 ft.). From the saddle we walked a short distance up a private drive where the trail to the summit immediately heads off to the right. The trail up from the saddle is steep in places but affords good views towards Boulder and the skyscrapers of Denver. The summit consists of a rock pile and offers good views towards the Continental Divide including Mt. Audobon and Longs Peak. We cut 0.75 miles off the return trip by going up a private trail to Overlook Lane from Sunshine Saddle.
One can ascend Butzel Hill by driving to and parking at Sunshine Saddle or by parking on Mine Lane and hiking down to the saddle. If parking on Mine Lane, it is easy to add a side trip to Lee Hill.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1104 ft / 335 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1104 ft / 335 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.8 mi / 6.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:904 ft / 275 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 584 ft / 178 m; Extra: 320 ft / 97m
    Loss on way in:320 ft / 97 m
    Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Route:See trip report
    Start Trailhead:Overlook Lane, Boulder Heights  7680 ft / 2340 m
    Time:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:784 ft / 238 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 584 ft / 178 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Gain on way out:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.5 km
    Route:See trip report
    End Trailhead:Overlook Lane, Boulder Heights   7680 ft / 2340 m
    Time:45 Minutes

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