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Ascent of Paint Mines Park High Point on 2019-04-13

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, April 13, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Paint Mines Park High Point
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:6797 ft / 2071 m

Ascent Trip Report

On my way down to to tackle some county highpoint and after a far too long drive, stumbled into this local park near the town of Calhan. It has three nice parking lots, bathroom facilities and was well used on this snowy, rainy day. The geologic formations are a like a small bad lands. Clayey, sandy material eroded from many millions of years but leaving some interesting twisting gorges of erosion and mushroom shaped heads. The colors of the clays, conglomerate sandstone, arkose, and volcanic material gives off hues that are yellow, red, orange, greenish, blue and other colors that are quite interesting. I used the many trails of the park to get some nice exercise before doing flat county highpoints. Why not go grab the park's highest point while there? It is one of the few places where there is actually public land to hike in. The highest point is near the the road and upper parking lot.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:430 ft / 130 m
    Total Elevation Loss:280 ft / 84 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Grade/Class:1,2
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Drizzle
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:235 ft / 71 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 150 ft / 45 m; Extra: 85 ft / 25m
    Loss on way in:85 ft / 25 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Route:used many trails and explored formations
    Start Trailhead:Lower Parking Lot  6647 ft / 2026 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:195 ft / 59 m
    Gain on way out:195 ft / 59 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Meander Trails
Ascent Part of Trip: COLO-3

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Paint Mines Park High Point2019-04-13 a430 ft / 131 m
2Lincoln County High Point2019-04-13 b37 ft / 11 m
3Elbert County High Point2019-04-13 c90 ft / 27 m
4Table Rock2019-04-13 d217 ft / 66 m
5Castle Rock2019-04-13 e398 ft / 121 m
Total Trip Gain: 1172 ft / 356 m    Total Trip Loss: 310 ft / 94 m



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