Ascent of Ormes Peak on 2018-10-20

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Willie-Weimaraner Musser
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, October 20, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Ormes Peak
    Elevation:9727 ft / 2964 m

Ascent Trip Report

We were confused where to park along the FR 302. We were following excellent directions in David Muller's book, "Colorado Summit Hikes" by the CMC. So we ended up parking too far down road and bushwhacking up. On the way down we found the obvious social trail he mentions and it is in fine shape and well marked with tall cairns. So the key to making this short hike is to find the unmarked forest road that turns abruptly and sharply uphill near the summit. This is probably the only rough section of road that I needed to be in 4 high to get traction but it is only 100 feet of driving then a large parking area. The dirt trail is your start and it becomes an easy to find trail from there.

NOTE: our GPS track. The path to the west is the trail down we took - this is your trail UP!
the path to the east was our bushwhack path. Be careful. In hunting season bring lots of orange as there were hunters all over the place in OCT!

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:489 ft / 148 m
    Total Elevation Loss:489 ft / 149 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:439 ft / 133 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:see GPS track bushwhack up
    Start Trailhead:Forest road near summit  9288 ft / 2830 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:489 ft / 149 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 439 ft / 134 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Gain on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:social trail and road back
    End Trailhead:9288 ft / 2830 m
Ascent Part of Trip: COLO-2

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Ormes Peak2018-10-20 a489 ft / 149 m
2Devils Kitchen2018-10-20 b65 ft / 20 m
3Devils Playground2018-10-20 c155 ft / 47 m
4Pikes Peak2018-10-20 d40 ft / 12 m
5Little Pike North Peak2018-10-20 e130 ft / 40 m
6Little Pikes2018-10-20 f243 ft / 74 m
7Devils Pinnacles2018-10-20 g95 ft / 29 m
Total Trip Gain: 1217 ft / 371 m    Total Trip Loss: 779 ft / 239 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by William Musser
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