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Ascent of Berrian Pinnacle on 2017-12-09

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, December 9, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Berrian Pinnacle
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:9000 ft / 2743 m

Ascent Trip Report

Berrian Mountain has some very interesting rock formation from its south face but private property keeps you from entering the public space from the south and give a try at the class 3 through 5 rock. The standard trail provided attacks from the west and meanders through a nice ponderosa pine slope, later lodgepole, and eventually to this saddle where all the DMP trails intersect. I found no maps or signs just a lot of blazes on trees varying from blue to green to orange to red and many use trails blazed end up back on private posted lands. The summit of the actual Berrian Peak is anticlimactic with absolutely no views for this big prominence listed peak. There was one small view near the summit off a 30 foot pinnacle but again, not the type of view worthy of climbing a 900 foot plus prominence peak. That is why most hikers come to the trail junction at the pinnacle here and simply hike up this small formation and call it day. This formation has several trails leading to it. The actual peak has no trails it is an unmarked bushwhack. The true peak has no views at all, this pinnacle has the only real view off the trail system and it is a really nice view. Finally, the pinnacles have a lot of interesting scrambling options from easy class 2+ to 3 to some very vertical semi-exposed 3+ and exposed 4. Now that I have bagged the actual peak for the prominence lists, I will return to this nice solitude hike and just come back and end at the pinnacles to gather the view and play around on the rocks. There is another nice scrambling formation near the beginning of the hike at elevation 8440 and it shows up on the USGS map a small closed countour. That pinnacle formation has about 50 feet of prominence also but is not a destination just extra credit for those that like off trail rock to play on.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:250 ft / 76 m
    Total Elevation Loss:125 ft / 38 m
    Grade/Class:2+,3 with 3+ and 4 o
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:145 ft / 44 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 125 ft / 38 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Loss on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Route:pinncale scrambles
    Start Trailhead:saddle between pinnacle and true peak  8875 ft / 2705 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:105 ft / 32 m
    Gain on way out:105 ft / 32 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Route:scrambling the pinnacles for fun
Ascent Part of Trip: Denver-20

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Berrian Mountain2017-12-09 a1142 ft / 348 m
2Berrian Pinnacle2017-12-09 b250 ft / 76 m
3Hobbs Peak2017-12-09 c555 ft / 169 m
4Hobbs Peak2017-12-09 d200 ft / 61 m
5Mount Bailey2017-12-10 a449 ft / 137 m
6James Newton Park High Point2017-12-10 b680 ft / 207 m
7Dinosaur Ridge2017-12-10 g610 ft / 186 m
Total Trip Gain: 3886 ft / 1184 m    Total Trip Loss: 535 ft / 162 m



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