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Ascent of Pinecliffe Pinnacle Twins on 2017-06-07

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Pinecliffe Pinnacle Twins
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:8130 ft / 2478 m

Ascent Trip Report

This really is not peakbagging so much as "pinnacle bagging" and a very easy and quick visit at that.

On way to visit my niece and family in Nederland, I was compelled to pull off the side of the road at an obvious place where the locals park and scramble up two very short interesting granite pinnacles. There are plenty of easy class 2+ to 3 rock to the top of both pinnacles and despite their height not being more than a couple hundred feet above the river and only 80 feet above the saddle in the road - they provide a very nice view of the river below, the train tracks, the opposing pinnacles on the other side of the river. Locals obviously play up here often by the evidence of fires and food. I was dressed in a dress clothes and tie from work but the interest level of the playground-like shape of the pinnacles of easy granite rock beckoned me to go play up in the rock like the local kids surely do often - and with a few minutes to spare (not wanting to be early for dinner) my interest carried me up to explore the tops very quickly.

My dress shoes were new and held to the granite nicely and the short but rewarding scramble and I was in and out of the car and back on the road in under 10 minutes. This is not something to drive a long way to do but if you happen to be driving by, want to get out quickly to play on nicely formed rock........
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:170 ft / 51 m
    Total Elevation Loss:90 ft / 27 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Grade/Class:3
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Route:obvious scramble routes
    Start Trailhead:parking pull off   8050 ft / 2453 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:90 ft / 27 m
    Gain on way out:90 ft / 27 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km



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