Ascent of Cub Creek Park High Point on 2018-12-19
|Others in Party:||Willie-Weimaraner Musser|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Wednesday, December 19, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
|Peak:||Cub Creek Park High Point|
| Elevation:||7595 ft / 2314 m|
Ascent Trip ReportBeen eyeing these public lands as I drive by the for some time. I see people parking along Brook Forest Drive and taking dogs for walks up the hills along both sides of the road and finally realized they were not on US Forest Lands but public lands set aside as a "park"
Denver Mountain Parks (DMP) has many of these in the central CO area. They often are tracks of land that preserve hilly or mountainous terrain and allow public to go on them but without set trails and signs and parking. I stumble across them regularly. Some, like Deddisse Park, they actually provide paved roads, parking, bathrooms, etc....but most are remote, unimproved, and without signage, maps, or even clear public access to them.
Cub Creek Park shows up on your google map applications and on the USGS map and the boundaries match. The lands are the typical rolling terrain of ponderosa pine and granitic outcroppings that makes up much of the area and Alderfer Park. Cub Creek meanders back and forth so a creek crossing is possible depending where you park along Brook Forest Road. The creek stays on the east side of the road for most of the route but the creek just happens to swing under the road to the west side in the vicinity of the park's HP so you can park at the largest pull out (could hold 5-6 cars).
It is a steep but relatively open bushwhack up the obvious prominent hill. I have seen elk, fox ( a rare black coat fox), coyote, and mule deer on this tract. The peak sits right on the boundary of private land where kids have hung a tire swing but the hike up is entirely on public land. Some views off to the west of surrounding peaks.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||315 ft / 96 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||0.5 mi / 0.8 km|
| Quality:||3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Open Country, Bushwhack|
| Gain on way in:||315 ft / 96 m|
| Distance:||0.2 mi / 0.4 km|
| Start Trailhead:||large pull out along Brook Forest 7280 ft / 2218 m|
| Distance:||0.2 mi / 0.4 km|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Evergreen-16|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 862 ft / 263 m Total Trip Loss: 8022 ft / 2445 m
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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