Ascent of Bell Park Ridge on 2019-01-05

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Willie-Weimaraner Musser
Date:Saturday, January 5, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bell Park Ridge
    Elevation:8030 ft / 2447 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked at the hairpin curve along Stanley Park Road (enough room for 2-3 cars) and started bushwhacking up the side of this lovely park looking for the highpoint. See GPS trail. in the process I crossed several use trails typical of DMPs. There are not signs or maps but enough use to be easy to follow trails. of course, like many Denver Mountain Parks (DMPs) you have no idea if the trails will take you to the highpoints so I took a steep switch back bushwhack line to the top. In the widest part of the closed contour is a nice pinnacle of rock with some easy scrambling class 2+ to 3 that takes you to the top and it appears to be a summit and have some prominence but walking along the ridge there are several subpeaks. As my dog companion Willie and I headed back towards the north there is another candidate HP that also has about 40 feet of prominence but not as nice views and it is a more gradual mound with no interesting rock to climb. In this vicinity you pick up a well used trail that goes all the way back up the NE bearing until it meets up with a public road (Fern Gulch Road) and that is the place where there is the classic DMP signage (but really no parking) this is also the area that conflicts with the mapping. The mapping implies you are still in the park but there are homes in this corner and it appeared to me to be private lands.

Willie and I found some jeep trails heading downhill and we followed them instead of bushwhacking more and it dumped us out onto a private road that does not show up on the google maps and that dumped us on a public road called Edelweiss Circle. I saw no places to park easily. We followed that road down to Stanley Park Road. But the road was a bit busy so as soon as we could get back to the public lands again we found a herd trail and bushwhacked back parallel along Stanley Park Road and back to the truck.

It would be fun to park far below and hike all they way (bushwhacking) up to the ridge and back as a fine CO wilderness experience.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:473 ft / 143 m
    Total Elevation Loss:80 ft / 24 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:413 ft / 125 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 393 ft / 120 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Loss on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:bushwhack to trails to scramble
    Start Trailhead:pull out along   7637 ft / 2327 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:60 ft / 18 m
    Gain on way out:60 ft / 18 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Route:trails to roadway to bushwahck
Ascent Part of Trip: Evergreen-19

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Bailey2019-01-05 a479 ft / 146 m
2Denver Mountain Park High Point2019-01-05 b535 ft / 163 m
3Bell Park Ridge2019-01-05 c473 ft / 144 m
Total Trip Gain: 1487 ft / 453 m    Total Trip Loss: 355 ft / 108 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by William Musser
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