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Ascent of Alderfer Hill on 2017-06-25

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, June 25, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Alderfer Hill
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:7902 ft / 2408 m

Ascent Trip Report

Back at the parking lot, I walked north now, and started the second leg of my journey in this wonderful park. I got so lost in my thoughts that I took the wrong trail and followed Ponderosa Trail west along Buffalo Park Road. Seeing what I thought might be "The Brother" I started to bushwhack up to the summit. There is a lovely area (park like setting) up in this bowl with scattered pins and grasses and interesting deformed eroded rocks that are balanced in strange ways up there. Really no scrambling but perhaps a place or two to scamper. Once I realized I was not on The Brother, I at least realized I had this wonderful little peak to myself. I debated if I should enter it into Peakbagger as I could tell it did at least have more than 100 feet of prominence but....and then when I got back, I was thrilled to see that Dave Covill had already grabbed this USGS spot and added it. As it turns out, it is the tallest of the rocky features on the north side of the park and the only feature to contain any prominence. Because of the isolation, natural beauty near the summit, no other hikers to contend with, and it is >100 feet of prominence, I actually enjoyed this mistaken adventure!

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:442 ft / 134 m
    Total Elevation Loss:322 ft / 98 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Grade/Class:2 and 2+
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:62F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:442 ft / 134 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 422 ft / 129 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Loss on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Route:Ponderosa Trail to bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:JeffCo parking for Alderfer Park  7480 ft / 2279 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:302 ft / 92 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:bushwhack to Ponderosa
    End Trailhead:trail low point between peaks  7600 ft / 2316 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Three Sisters Park Tour

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Peak 80802017-06-25 a385 ft / 117 m
2Evergreen Mountain2017-06-25 b1106 ft / 337 m
3Alderfer Hill2017-06-25 c442 ft / 135 m
4The Brother2017-06-25 d200 ft / 61 m
5Three Sisters-South Peak2017-06-25 e235 ft / 72 m
7Three Sisters-Middle Peak2017-06-25 f90 ft / 27 m
8Three Sisters-North Peak2017-06-25 g140 ft / 43 m
Total Trip Gain: 2598 ft / 792 m    Total Trip Loss: 2278 ft / 695 m



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