Ascent of Smoky Hill Ridge on 2010-09-01

Climber: Eric Noel

Date:Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Smoky Hill Ridge
    Elevation:6210 ft / 1892 m

Ascent Trip Report

This one was very confusing. I was without a map on this one and unfortunately this area has changed so much that the directions in the COHP book were worthless. In fact, if you followed them you would not get to the HP. The reason being that the main road here has been rerouted and there are now two Smoky Hill Roads which is an easy fact to miss. None of the blame on this falls to the COHP authors as the static nature of books just doesn't work well for areas seeing this sort of change in landscape. At first I was on target as I drove past the tower and continued on. However the mileage here did not really matchup to the bumps I was seeing on my left and they also seemed lower than some other ground. Nonetheless I tagged two bumps on the side of the road that seemed about the best options. One had a huge No T sign but no one was too close and it was short and wide open. But everything still seemed off. I went to the turnoff for Otero Drive and here it was that I realized that there is now a Smoky Hill Parkway and an East Smoky Hill Road. If you go along Smoky Hill Road it will turn into Smoky Hill Parkway and that main road does not go to the COHP. It angles E to some new country club development near the intersection with Powhaton rather than angling S to the HP. Instead what you need to do is take the turnoff at Jamison Court which is a R turn if going SE on East Smoky Hill Road. Then you can take an immediate L on the old semi-retired East Smoky Hill Road which is the road you would have been on ten years ago. Then you can find the 6211 spot. However this has now been whittled away by various developments. I'm convinced there is residential land that is higher. I continued on and found the intersection where I could gain the other areas. I turned E and then parked. There is another big new development here but a playground seemed to be on the highest ground. And actually there was a bit of old grassy land above the playground so I touched this and I felt this was the best possible combination of natural ground and high ground still standing. Covill seems to say 6211 is higher than this other contour which seems improbable given the size of the contour. Dunno. But this has all been severely rearranged by developers. Oh well. I like the playground for the current HP
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:110 ft / 33 m
    Elevation Loss:110 ft / 33 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:110 ft / 33 m
    Extra Loss:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:Lost in Colorado
    Trailhead:Smoky Hill Roads  6200 ft / 1889 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:Lost in Colorado
    Trailhead:Smoky Hill Roads  6200 ft / 1889 m

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