When the wife and kids said they had plans to meet some friends this Saturday for a movie, my mind quickly thought about a summit I've been stalking for a couple months. Now that things have warmed up with Spring's arrival I set plans to activate this peak for its first time under the Summits On The Air (SOTA) program.
|Looking west from the summit of "10654"|
This was just a tough, bushwhack of a hike. The first half mile was a nice gradual slope through a pasture following an old ATV trail, now used primarily for horseback riders. As we passed through a small grove of pines and into another clearing the summit came into view again. From here the path looked pretty straight forward. Due to the extensive fire damage, the terrain was easily discernable. While assessing the hillside we found a path of least resistance and made our way up to a ridgeline to begin our assault to the summit.
|The nearly impenetrable forest.|
Overall, this was a tough hike. Four miles round trip (as the crow flies) and about 2,800 feet of gain from where we parked. The majority was steep. Dealing with the fallen trees was one thing, but due to erosion, loose boulders were also a continual threat. The descent took us 1 hour 45 minutes. I might do this hike again, however, I'll do Rex a favor and leave him at home next time.
73 and safe hiking,
|APRS.fi route data.|
|Parking along Goose Creek Rd., "10654" in the background|
|Looking South from about halfway up the summit.|
|Rex enjoying a snow cone treat on ascent|
|From summit, looking SW|
|On summit, looking South to Pikes Peak|
|Rex wondering why I'm jumping around the summit with wires|
|KH7AL and SOTA-dog Rex. Not sure who is more tired in this photo...|
|SOTA Log of the day's contacts|
|Not how a trekking pole should look, on descent|