Ascent of Midland Hill on 2017-04-21
|Others in Party:||Greg Anthony|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Friday, April 21, 2017|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||9556 ft / 2912 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI was driving back from SSA in Denver with my brother on US-285, when I spotted this peak from the Collegiate Peaks overlook. After eating lunch at Eddyline in Buena Vista, I decided we should attempt to scramble it from the South.
We backtracked to the Collegiate Peaks overlook area and took Colorado Rd 304 to a parking lot for mountain biking. Upon reaching the parking lot, I found a map of the area that indicated that Midland Hill had a trail to the summit out of Buena Vista. Rather than waste time looking for the trail, I decided to continue with the scramble.
We headed north across open fields and then ascended ~500 ft up the south face of the SE ridge. This was mild class 2 climbing through boulders and trees and ended in a meadow. I then headed slightly west and continued up the south face, and the scrambling/route finding became slightly more difficult. About 150 vertical ft from the summit, we encountered steep topography and I was forced to take a class 3 route my brother was not comfortable with (really just a 15 ft section of slabby rock with nice holds). I ascended this route and quickly picked my way to the summit (the class 3 move was by far the crux).
The summit contains a register that is well signed and has a trail going to the top as indicated by the map. Fantastic views of the Collegiate 14ers and of the Arkansas River Valley.
I headed down, met back up with my brother and we retraced our steps to the car - deviating slightly to take Colorado Rd 176a instead of hiking cross county as we had on the ascent.
Cool peak - I hope to do it again sometime via the standard route.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1149 ft / 350 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||1149 ft / 350 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||3.1 mi / 5 km|
| Grade/Class:||Class 3|
| Quality:||6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Open Country, Scramble|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy|
| Gain on way in:||1149 ft / 350 m|
| Distance:||1.5 mi / 2.4 km|
| Route:||South Face |
| Start Trailhead:||FR176A 8407 ft / 2562 m|
| Time:||1 Hours 12 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||1149 ft / 350 m|
| Distance:||1.6 mi / 2.6 km|
| Route:||South Face |
| End Trailhead:||FR176A 8407 ft / 2562 m|
| Time:||54 Minutes|
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