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Ascent of Hogback on 2021-01-23

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, January 23, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hogback
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:6536 ft / 1992 m

Ascent Trip Report

Examination of the Ken_Caryl Ranch Open Space Map and Regulations indicates that this hogback at elevation 6536 is treated differently than the southern hogback elevation 6482.

6536 is within the North Hogback Open Space which has an eastern side that is "open to general public" and not part of the highly regulated "Master Association" but that delineation does NOT go to the top of the peak it leave it short. The North, South, and West slopes are open to the master association members with little restrictions but you would have to have a guest pass bracelet to be in there.

The peak to the south is totally contained in the master association so it is closed to the public. Unlike the north peak, even with a bracelet you are in jeopardy of fines if you go off trail as the map clearly delineates that you have to stay on trail and that the area is closed to even the Ken-Caryl residents and guests. I have no idea why. I therefore stayed away from that area completely because I was a guest using a guest pass and I did not want to lose my hiking privilege.

There are wonderful trails in the North Hogback Open Space both along the western Lyons Ridge and between both features. There are no trails up the summit. One wishing to do that must bushwhack and penetrate the sandstone band. It is class 2 to 2+ at the band.



Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:591 ft / 179 m
    Total Elevation Loss:646 ft / 196 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Grade/Class:2
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:561 ft / 170 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 416 ft / 127 m; Extra: 145 ft / 44m
    Loss on way in:145 ft / 44 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:trails
    Start Trailhead:along roadway  6120 ft / 1865 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:501 ft / 152 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 471 ft / 144 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m
    Gain on way out:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:saddle between peaks
    End Trailhead:6065 ft / 1848 m
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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