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Ascent of Mount Bailey on 2017-10-28

Climber: William Musser

Date:Saturday, October 28, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Bailey
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:9089 ft / 2770 m

Ascent Trip Report

For the first time of all my visits to this mountain, I went off trail to the left side after crossing the concrete gatewalk past the power facility and hiked down a bit and came around to the slopes on the southeast exposed rock cliffs. There is excellent scrambling all around the top of the mountain. Instead of hiking up the main trail. I found a 150 foot scramble route and then after reaching the peak downclimbed and found some other nice scramble routes before returning. Some of the scrambling that can be found is excellent because the rock is metamorphic and the hand holds and footholds allow for some vertical climbs that are about 80 degrees nearly vertical but the holds are excellent. There are a few places where the exposure is class 4 and 5 but the bouldering is very fun.

UPDATE 4-27-2020
After climbing this feature over 60 times I thought I would document the vegetation for my records. Along the trail I spotted:

The most common species are Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga Menziesii), ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa), Rocky Mountain Juniper (Juniperus scopulorum), and common ground juniper (Juniperus communis). However, you will also see quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) and a few limber pine (Pinus flexalis) scattered along the trails as well. What is interesting about the species composition is that ponderosa pine and Douglas fir typically top out at elevation 9,500 and RM Juniper at 9,000 feet but you will see all three species growing right up to the summit at around 9,100 feet - very near the top of their respective ranges.
The limber pine is not abundant and I had never noticed it before along the trail.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:709 ft / 215 m
    Total Elevation Loss:709 ft / 215 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Grade/Class:1 and lots of offtra
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:634 ft / 193 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 449 ft / 137 m; Extra: 185 ft / 56m
    Loss on way in:185 ft / 56 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Route:trail to class 3 and 4 rock scrambling around peri
    Start Trailhead:8640 ft / 2633 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:524 ft / 159 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 449 ft / 137 m; Extra: 75 ft / 22m
    Gain on way out:75 ft / 22 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    End Trailhead:8640 ft / 2633 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Denver-17

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Dinosaur Ridge2017-10-28 a635 ft / 194 m
2Dakota Ridge Peak2017-10-28 b155 ft / 47 m
3Platte Canyon HS Peak2017-10-28 c909 ft / 277 m
4Mount Bailey2017-10-28 d709 ft / 216 m
Total Trip Gain: 2408 ft / 734 m    Total Trip Loss: 1878 ft / 573 m



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