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Ascent of Taylor Mountain on 2019-10-07

Climber: Mike Wright

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, October 7, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Taylor Mountain
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:13651 ft / 4160 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked at the 2wd trailhead in Monarch. Recent reports have the road at solid 4wd. Which it totally was. Lots of rocks, not easy for man or vehicle. Moreover, they’ve been putting in water bars so the road was pretty torn up from the backhoe. Made the turn up 230c and followed it to the end then traversed right to meet up with the trail that headed up to the right on an ascending traverse to the ridge of Taylor. Easy to spot and hike. Turned the ridge and made slow going up. It’s longer than you want it to be but the hiking is easy up grassy slopes mixed with loose gravel and imbedded rock. Wind was really blowing on the summit and I took cover on the leeward side for a short break. Signed the register and headed down the ridge towards the Aetna Taylor saddle.
I’ll make a point that I stayed on the ridge proper even when it meant a little up climbing. It payed off as the ridge is good and I made quick time of it. I’d read a TR that they sidehilled around these steep bumps alon the ridge and suffered side hilling nightmares. Too bad as there’s no need to skirt these points, The Whole Ridge goes at class2.
Contemplated descending from the saddle after Aetna since the TR’s I’ve read regret descending the steep and loose south ridge. From the saddle it looked like it wouldn’t be too bad to descend down into the bowl.
The ridge up Aetna was fine. All class2. The crux is the initial black rock from the saddle. It’s pretty steep but there’s trail bits up through it that don’t make it too bad. I stayed center or center right. It went slowly but it wasn’t terrible. Summit views were great.
I decided I would descend back to the saddle and descend from there. The descent down the ridge went pretty quickly. I turned the corner and started down on skiers left then crossed over to skiers right. I stayed close to the talus which helped with footing. The descent was pretty casual and I’d recommend it for anyone seeking an easier way down. I arrived at the point where I left the end of the road pretty easily and descended the road back to road 230.
Along the way down 230c I noticed a big rock that had rolled into the middle of the road since I’d been past It this morning. 4wd will not be able to drive over this 2 and a half ft. High rock. Someone’s going to have to move it somehow. Made it back to the van in a little over 7 hours with 10.4mi walked and 4171ft ascended. At no point did I find class2+ or harder.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Perfect
Ascent Part of Trip: Aetna

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Taylor Mountain2019-10-07 
2Mount Aetna2019-10-07 



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