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Ascent of Tin Cup on 2021-01-23

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, January 23, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Tin Cup
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:7855 ft / 2394 m

Ascent Trip Report

As a guest of resident of the development and sporting the really bright orange "bracelet" required of guest to hike in this private development "open space" I parked on the shoulder of North Ranch Rd where other vehicles parked. Apparently this widened shoulder is for this purpose and this gave me access to both Tin Cup and the hiking in the North Hogback Open Space later in the day.

The open grassy rolling hills is quite nice and I hiked up and past the Manor House which is the developments common estate house on the hill. The literature and signage indicates rangers patrol the trails and you can't go 100 yards without seeing a warning sign about trespassing (you must live there or have a guest pass bracelet). I read the signs and followed the rules strictly enjoying the guest pass. Eventually the dirt road and hiking trails ascend up and after more than 3 miles one gets to the summit of Tin Cup which is somewhat wooded. Great views all they way up though. I added some extra credit on the way up and ventured over to Beacon Hill which is a registered peak on LOJ but not in PB yet so I added it as my PB ap indicated that a lot of people hike up to see the flag pole and where the old beacon light was in 1918. All additional gain and distance stats for that side trip are buried in the stats for this hike as I was too lazy to unravel them.

On the way down I spotted a USGS peak with a USGS elevation of 7272. There was an attractive grassy slope with obvious paths through the gamble oak but at the top the gamble oak becomes a thicket. That USGS point does not quite reach the 100 foot prominence mark.

On my way down I elected to take the Bradford Trail as it was much less used and no bikes. There were lots of bikes on the Manor House Trail. I did get into some icy snowy trails as the trails meandered over the north and east faces but back on the south side nice and dry with great views. The trail takes you around and over or near some other subpeaks with nice views but too small to register.

Back at the truck it was a full 8 mile trip with early 2,000 feet of gain and then I set my sights on exploring the North Hogback Open Space and its nice trails.



Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1995 ft / 607 m
    Total Elevation Loss:260 ft / 79 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool
Beautiful day 47F sunny
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1850 ft / 563 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1735 ft / 529 m; Extra: 115 ft / 35m
    Loss on way in:115 ft / 35 m
    Distance:3.9 mi / 6.3 km
    Route:Manor house Trail to Summit View
    Start Trailhead:6120 ft / 1865 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:145 ft / 44 m
    Gain on way out:145 ft / 44 m
    Distance:4.1 mi / 6.6 km
    Route:Summit View to Bradford to Stove Prairie
Ascent Part of Trip: Ken Caryl

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Tin Cup2021-01-23 a1995 ft / 608 m
2Beacon Hill2021-01-23 b 
3Ken-Caryl Pt 72722021-01-23 c 
4Hogback2021-01-23 d591 ft / 180 m
5Lyons Ridge2021-01-23 e245 ft / 75 m
6Alderfer Hill2021-01-23 f402 ft / 123 m
Total Trip Gain: 3233 ft / 986 m    Total Trip Loss: 956 ft / 291 m



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