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Ascent of The Mesa on 2017-10-18

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:The Mesa
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:6640 ft / 2023 m

Ascent Trip Report

OK first TR for this small ascent. You can park right off the main road near Garden of the Gods in a small paved area near a historic bridge. There is a well developed bike trail at the base of the peak and a small bike use path that goes from near the bridge up the ravine, wraps around the peak on public land and reconnects with the main bike trail. This little use trail is grass in some areas and actually defined up higher but hard to see until you are on it. It is perhaps 18 inches wide and I did see one mountain biker on it today. Near the peak there is a fence to keep you out as the peak is on private land. Someone has cut the fence up near the peak and there is a use trail right up to the peak but the peak is all mangled by earthwork clearing equipment so good luck knowing where the true peak is if it is still remaining.

There is one nice view of the peak 6816 at the conference center that shows up on LOJ and looks like a much more entertaining bushwhack near the GOTGs park but that peak is not yet on peakbagger.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:180 ft / 54 m
    Total Elevation Loss:180 ft / 54 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Grade/Class:1,1+
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:77F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:170 ft / 51 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 160 ft / 48 m; Extra: 10 ft / 3m
    Loss on way in:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Route:trail to bike trail
    Start Trailhead:parking lot of park  6480 ft / 1975 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:170 ft / 51 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 160 ft / 48 m; Extra: 10 ft / 3m
    Gain on way out:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    End Trailhead:6480 ft / 1975 m
Ascent Part of Trip: COLO-1

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Pulpit Rock2017-10-18 a330 ft / 101 m
2Pulpit Rock2017-10-18 b162 ft / 49 m
3Pulpit Rock2017-10-18 c15 ft / 5 m
4Popes Bluffs2017-10-18 d185 ft / 56 m
5The Mesa2017-10-18 e180 ft / 55 m
6Castle Rock2017-10-18 f360 ft / 110 m
Total Trip Gain: 1232 ft / 376 m    Total Trip Loss: 982 ft / 299 m



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