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Ascent of Mount Silverheels on 2018-09-26

Climber: Mike Wright

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Silverheels
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:13822 ft / 4212 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started at the intersection of 659 & 184. Google says 659 is 655. Either way it’s called Beaver Creek Rd. And he brown forest service signs will get you in the right direction. Just watch for 184 on your right. Wasn’t sure if the van wouake it so I parked here. Some of the ruts in 184 may have high centered me so I’m glad to have left it. It was only a mile to the upper trailhead. The upper trailhead is off to the left of the road and is marked with 3 forest service signs. Beware though, the road continues past the trailhead. If you start going down hill at 1 mile, you’ve missed it. The trail starts out as an old 4wd road that the forest service has closed. The road passes through a nice bristlecone pine forest before leaving tree line. The road ends at the base of bump 12200. I ascended the bump and descended the north side towards the saddle. Crossing over towards the right aiming for the south ridge, inside-hilled a bit up to the ridge at an obvious spot. Walking along the ridge eventually reaching another minor saddle I continued contouring right to the high ridge leading to the summit. Once past the pyramid Cairo I stayed left of the summit on grassy stuff till I was pretty close to the top then I moved right towards the talus and ascended a short section of talus to the top. It looks like some people go straight for the summit from the pyramid cairn but that looked like a lot of talus to me. Best to stay left for a bit longer to reduce the talus hopping. I remained on the summit for 30Min. It took 4hrs and 4.1miles and ~3200ft. I descended much the same way except I went right around bump 12200. There’s a bit of a trail but at some point I left the trail and moved left skirting the talus which brought me around to the end of the dirt road section. Great hike. Don’t forget to admire the bristlecone pines! Total distance 8.8miles.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3172 ft / 966 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.7 mi / 14 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3172 ft / 966 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Route:South ridge
    Start Trailhead:10650 ft / 3246 m
    Time:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Distance:4.4 mi / 7.1 km
    Time:2 Hours 42 Minutes



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