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Ascent of Estes Cone on 2017-03-03

Climber: Timothy Hutchings

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, March 3, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Estes Cone
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:11006 ft / 3354 m

Ascent Trip Report

Broke trail the entire way past the Longs Peak Trail turnoff. Very little sign of traffic on this trail at all. Seems odd for the amount of winter hiking that goes on in this area and this is an accessible peak.

Missed the turnoff on the way up, so some extra elevation and mileage just for fun! Didn't really need it at all of the trailbreaking made this day a bigtime butt-kicker.

Beautiful views on top! Of course. Impossible to keep to the trail past the Storm Pass junction and even difficult between Moore Park and Storm Pass. There are sections where it was difficult to locate the trail and big sections where I was surely not even on the trail.

Took off the snowshoes and went in spikes for the last 200 feet or so.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2306 ft / 701 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2306 ft / 702 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.7 mi / 12.4 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Snowshoes
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2106 ft / 641 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1606 ft / 489 m; Extra: 500 ft / 152m
    Loss on way in:500 ft / 152 m
    Distance:4.7 mi / 7.6 km
    Route:Eugena Mine Trail +
    Start Trailhead:Longs Peak TH  9400 ft / 2865 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1806 ft / 550 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1606 ft / 489 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Gain on way out:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Eugena Mine Trail +
    End Trailhead:Longs Peak TH  9400 ft / 2865 m



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