Ascent of California Peak on 2016-10-22

Climber: Donnie Puckle

Others in Party:Michael Knight
Date:Saturday, October 22, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Carpool
Peak:California Peak
    Elevation:13849 ft / 4221 m

Ascent Trip Report hike, 14er Fans, with Michael. We left Denver at 3 in the bloody morning, arrived at the Zapata trailhead after 6AM. It was just starting to get light in the east when we started just before 6:30. We had a little trouble finding the trail in the meadow, but we did find it. It wasn't too cold at the start, and it would be sunny all day, but the wind really picked up once we reached the ridge. The wind was strong pretty much the entire time we were on the ridge. We reached the summit around 10:30, ate lunch and took some pictures before heading down. We passed two hikers on the way down, the only other people we saw this day. There's been a fire burning near Pueblo recently, we could see a plume of smoke rising above the Wet Mountains to the north. Perhaps the high winds kicked it up again. The wind died down once we got down from the ridge and into the trees. We arrived back at the trailhead around 1:45PM. Total time up and down: 6:46:57
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3655 ft / 1114 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3655 ft / 1114 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.6 mi / 13.8 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Very Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3655 ft / 1114 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Route:Zapata Trail/North Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Zapata Trailhead  10194 ft / 3107 m
    Time:3 Hours 59 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3655 ft / 1114 m
    Distance:4.4 mi / 7 km
    Route:Zapata Trail/North Ridge
    End Trailhead:Zapata Trailhead  10194 ft / 3107 m
    Time:3 Hours 13 Minutes

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