Ascent of Peak 8080 on 2017-06-25
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Sunday, June 25, 2017|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||8080 ft / 2462 m|
Ascent Trip ReportOn my way to the Evergreen Mountain and another amazing Jefferson County park, I stopped here at Fillius Park to try a small 300 foot prominence peak shown on peakbagger. I parked in a small lot and nobody was parked there but me on SUN morning. Parking lot is at corner of Soda Creek Road and Bergen Parkway where they are extending the road and it is under construction. This little public park (Denver Parks) is just off Evergreen Parkway.
The trail is right across the street and marked with a marker easy to find. The trail is shallow and peaceful in a grove of Ponderosa Pines. Near the top of the ridge the trails split many ways but the trail to the summit is in odd state now. At the saddle there is a trail that heads up and back the way you came on the main ridge but dead ends at private property. At the saddle there is another trail that simply contours the back part of the ridge. Then the main trail you are on swing behind the true peak and descends to private property. At the saddle in the direction of the peak is some spit rail fences and much debris of trees on the ground covering the trail to the summit. I could not tell if this is trail maintenance and they have simply left all the cuttings covering the trail or if this is an attempt to close the trail?
Google shows this section of the ridge not in the park boundary but as you hike up the ridge you see the historic trail emerge and it is well worn and used by someone and there are no signs saying you can not continue up the ridge. Soon the cuttings end and the trail is obvious and so is the peak. It is not an impressive hike nor are the views but a short pleasant hike in the woods.
Near the summit as I explored the fall on one side of the ridge I saw dollars on the ground. In all, I found $11. Wow finally a park in Colorado that pays me to hike on it!
The additional gain shown is from all the exploring of the other trails on the ridge to satisfy me what peak options were here.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||385 ft / 116 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||115 ft / 34 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||1.3 mi / 2.1 km|
| Quality:||3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail|
48F morning cool
| Gain on way in:||285 ft / 86 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 270 ft / 82 m; Extra: 15 ft / 4m|
| Loss on way in:||15 ft / 4 m|
| Distance:||0.5 mi / 0.8 km|
| Start Trailhead:||Fillius Park Parking Lot 7810 ft / 2380 m|
| Loss on way out:||100 ft / 30 m|
| Gain on way out:||100 ft / 30 m|
| Distance:||0.8 mi / 1.3 km|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Three Sisters Park Tour|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 2598 ft / 792 m Total Trip Loss: 2278 ft / 695 m
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