Ascent of Peak 8565 on 2018-10-07

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Willie-Weimaraner Musser
Karen Musser
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, October 7, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Peak 8565
    Elevation:8565 ft / 2610 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parking is an issue here. There is one spot off SnowShoe Road and it was taken. We parked at the intersection of SnowShoe and Arapahoe. We took Willie with us. There are many nice trails that wind around within the the National Forest parcel. We did not follow the GPS track ahead of us as it was a bushwhack mostly. We finally found a trail that took us up to the saddle and allows you to come up the peak from the backside. That was terrific. There is many hundred feet of nice granite to climb and you select a class 1,2, or 3 to ascend. Karen and the dog did mostly 1 and 2+ and I chose a route that was over as much rock as possible. A very surprisingly fun route for an un-named peak.
The peak has plenty of eroded pinnacles of granite to play on. There is a second sub peak next to it with about a 65 foot rise above the saddle. I ran up it for extra credit. Our GPS route showed later that we went outside of the Forest property and apparently trespassed. Getting ones bearings coming down is a bit confusing as the topo on the backside draws you north and west and on to a nice wide trail/road that is not in the Forest lands. I realized we were off the property and needed to swing back and over and as we did we stumbled into the Al the land owner a retired attorney. We apologized for trespassing but he was a very nice landowner. He owns the land and trail down by the parking spot where he has a sign that says "Private Property - No vehicles allowed"
He explained he has no problem with hikers skidding around the edges of his 16 acres but he does not allow motorcycles. He was a friendly great guy. We told him our intentions was to stay on public land. We had a nice chat and returned into the national forest and back to the car. There is plenty of good hiking land on these trails.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:628 ft / 190 m
    Total Elevation Loss:100 ft / 30 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:528 ft / 160 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:see GPS
    Start Trailhead:Intersection of SnowShoe and South Arapahoe  8037 ft / 2449 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Gain on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km

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