Ascent of Little Park Point 7676 on 2019-06-09

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Dan Connors
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, June 9, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Little Park Point 7676
    Elevation:7676 ft / 2339 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was quite an adventure. I set this peak in the database when I noticed it was on public land and had nearly 300 feet of rise but more importantly it looked like an epic bushwhack with great scrambling opportunities. It is not in LOJ and no-one has tried it in peakbagger so today, Dan and I set off to conquer it. This was a hard one to get. First you have to cross Bear Creek which in a normal year is ripping with current but after this years record snow and rain the creek is running like a small rapid river. So we elected to cross via bridge. Ironically, our orange Subaru was parked where we could see it all day from the peak but the bridge was a few tenths out of the way up stream.

Crossing the upstream bridge we immediately found a fishing trail and followed it a short way till it rose up over a rock feature. Thinking it was a real trail as it looked at first we ascended but that was a mistake. The trail soon was an animal herd trail then an erosion gully with loose sand and at the angle of repose. We took this class 2 nightmare upward and clawed our way to the top exhausting!

Now the issue was we saw we had to cross a ravine that shows up on the USGS map as an intermittent stream. Down climbing much of what we just climbed we gave up over a hundred feet (feature of blue coming down from peak 7698). Then upcliming what we hoped was the sexy rocky ridge of point 7676 we were disappointed again. The bushwhack was again VERY steep and loose and we clawed and slipped up the ridge and realized that now we had to drop again to cross a named tributary "Devil's Gulch" and it was a mildly flowing stream. But we had to give up nearly 200 feet this time and cross under an old barb wire obstacle. Finally we arrived at our prize the mountain peak of 7676. Now this miserable route of harsh bushwhacking and steep slopes gave way to a truly delightful hike. Peak 6767 has major open grassy areas and shoulders and many rock feature of class 2+, 3, 3+ and 4 to chose your line. Unfortunately, I was pretty tired by the time we got there so I chose more of the class 2 and 2+ than harder routes to save energy as we had to get down before dark and did not have much time left. Along the northern shoulder is the easiest route and most obstacles can be avoided but there are a few places where the crux moves may reach easy class 3. Depending on your line you can argue the overall rating of this climb as 2+ or easy 3.

There are some surprisingly good views on the way up of Mount Morrison, Denver, and surrounding area and all in the wild with no trails or people. The summit is a bit underwhelming but had signs of human activity. We found two very old fire rings (completely grown over) and a downed barb wire fence remains and some huge cairns at the top. Some people do bushwhack up here just no-on in LOJ or peakbagger to date. We built a large cairn on the actual highpoint (about 3 feet tall) since the others were below the HP. Then headed down a more direct route down the north shoulder. We inadvertently got to anxious and clipped the top of some private property that was unmarked, unsigned and un-fenced but the GPS track later confirmed we went outside of the public lands. The line we took was far easier than the public land approach.

My orange car below could be seen a mile away and we were attracted to it like a moth to a light, but soon we were at raging creek below and the bushwhack back to the bridge would be VERY hard as the side slopes on the opposite of the creek had no trail and was ridiculously steep.
We scouted the creek to find a spot where the current looked manageable and forded the water. It was still tough. It was cold! and at one point the water was up to my waste and moving swiftly (I had to toss my wallet and phone across or they would have been soaked). But we crossed very near out car and were done.

All and all a fun adventure for those that like backwoods bushwhacking, route finding, and scrambling. But a lot of work for a peak with just under 300 foot of rise
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1605 ft / 488 m
    Total Elevation Loss:370 ft / 112 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1570 ft / 478 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1235 ft / 376 m; Extra: 335 ft / 102m
    Loss on way in:335 ft / 102 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:bushwhack to scramble see GPS
    Start Trailhead:Parking lot at Little Park DMP  6441 ft / 1963 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:35 ft / 10 m
    Gain on way out:35 ft / 10 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:see GPS track
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by William Musser
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