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Ascent of Plymouth Mountain on 2017-07-29

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, July 29, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Plymouth Mountain
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:7295 ft / 2223 m

Ascent Trip Report

Woke up realized it was going to rain all day in the high mountains so I abandoned my goal of getting a 14er. Instead, I set my sights on the hogback ridge peaks I had not completed in Golden/Lakewood area. I followed the following agenda:

1) Indian Mountain – Apex Park (7281) Summited
2) Bandimere Ridge – South Dinosaur Park (6283) Summited
3) Peak 6262 – South Hogback Ridge (6262) Summited
4) Peak 6482 – South Hogback Ridge (6482) Private property did not climb
5) Hogback – South Hogback Ridge (6536) Private property did not climb
6) Plymouth Mountain – Deer Creek Canyon Park (7295) Summited
7) So. Plymouth Pinnace Pt – Deer Creek Canyon Park (7286) Summited


Plymouth Mountain – is one of two peaks in another wonderful Jefferson County Park called Deer Creek Canyon Park. This was another 5 mile round trip hike and like Indian Mountain, a lot of vertical gain, great trails, great views, but very little prominence. It had quit drizzling on me, yet this park was not crowded like the others. A few bikes and dogs but a third as many as at Indian Mountain. The hike has many trails to choose. I used Plymouth Creek Trail to Plymouth Mountain Trail to Scenic View Trail. That gets you to the summit. At the summit there are two pinnacles. The first is the peak. It has a class 3 scramble to the top that is slightly exposed but only class 3 for an adult. A child would struggle with this close as the reaches and drops require a longer body. Views are very good on the pinnacle. The lower pinnacle has the best views and it is an easy short scramble 2+/3 and only 15 feet tall. I took the same route down but before I came down, I was tempted to bushwhack the pinnacle peak to the south.

South Plymouth Pinnacle Point 7286 is a USGS point south of Plymouth Mountain. There is not trail up this peak. In fact, it is the most dense bushwhack I have encountered in CO so far. But that is relative. Maine and Florida bushwhacking is some of the thickest nastiest I have ever done and this was not bad. Short but steep. The top is another pinnacle with a class 2+ scamper/scramble and great views once again. This peak has as much prominence as any other peak in the park so why not grab it too?
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1415 ft / 430 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1415 ft / 430 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Grade/Class:1, 3
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
rainy 75F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1295 ft / 394 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1215 ft / 370 m; Extra: 80 ft / 24m
    Loss on way in:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:see TR
    Start Trailhead:Public Parking Lot  6080 ft / 1853 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1335 ft / 406 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1215 ft / 370 m; Extra: 120 ft / 36m
    Gain on way out:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    End Trailhead:6080 ft / 1853 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Denver-11

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Indian Mountain2017-07-29 a1176 ft / 358 m
2Bandimere Ridge2017-07-29 b343 ft / 105 m
3Peak 62622017-07-29 c462 ft / 141 m
4(Attempt) Peak 64822017-07-29 d 
5(Attempt) Hogback2017-07-29 e 
6Plymouth Mountain2017-07-29 f1415 ft / 431 m
7Plymouth Pinnacle2017-07-29 g126 ft / 38 m
Total Trip Gain: 3522 ft / 1073 m    Total Trip Loss: 1520 ft / 463 m



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