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Ascent of Hogback Ridge on 2016-09-23

Climber: David Parratt

Others in Party:Janis
Date:Friday, September 23, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Hogback Ridge
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:1968 m / 6457 ft

Ascent Trip Report

We parked at a small lot at 2nd St and Dakota Blvd in NW Boulder. After about 0.3 miles we took the left hand trail of the Hogback Ridge Trail. Trail quality was good with some exposed rocks. The trail was moderately steep as it ascended to the 2nd of 3 sub peaks along the ridge. The trail runs immediately behind this high point and it is a short bushwack to the summit which I estimate at 6410'. There were nice views of North Boulder and the Colorado prairie. We descended 100 feet from the high point and at approx. mile 1.3 started our bushwack to the 3rd and higher summit. (6457'). We headed towards a fence line that ran up to the side of the high point. The last 20 feet or so was a bit of a tricky scramble up some rocks to the summit. There were more excellent views of Boulder and the prairie and in the other direction Old Stage Road ran below the ridge. On the way down we saw a large group of deer near an old well. The loop trail joins again with the starting trail for the last 0.3 miles. The walk is out in the open with no shade. There were a number of sumach bushes starting to turn red along the trail.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:271 m / 890 ft
    Elevation Loss:271 m / 890 ft
    Distance:5 km / 3.1 mi
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:271 m / 890 ft
    Extra Loss:30 m / 100 ft
    Distance:2.5 km / 1.5 mi
    Route:Hogback Ridge Loop Trail/ bushwack
    Trailhead:parking lot 2nd St and Dakota Blvd.  1727 m / 5667 ft
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:241 m / 790 ft
    Distance:2.5 km / 1.5 mi
    Route:bushwack / Hogback Ridge Loop Trail
    Trailhead:parking lot 2nd St and Dakota Blvd.  1727 m / 5667 ft



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