Ascent of Engineer Mountain in 2004-06

Climber: Rob Carter

Date:June, 2004
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hitchhiking
Peak:Engineer Mountain
    Elevation:12968 ft / 3952 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove up early from Durango and started out on the trail west of the pass. Was passed, and then followed, three locals up the backside (unbelievable green hued rock glacier) transversing East onto the NE ridge and up. Came down and kept going East and South off the mountain to the cliffs and down a single track MTB trail to Durango Ski Resort. Came right up on an Elk during the descent. Do not recommend this descent route - lots of scree skiing and exposure to the base.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4568 ft / 1391 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4568 ft / 1392 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Grade/Class:Class 4
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2368 ft / 721 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:Path to Meadow then scramble
    Start Trailhead:Coal Bank Pass  10600 ft / 3230 m
    Time:5 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4568 ft / 1392 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2368 ft / 722 m; Extra: 2200 ft / 670m
    Gain on way out:2200 ft / 670 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:Scramble E to Cliffs & Down
    End Trailhead:Condo by DSki Resort  10600 ft / 3230 m
    Time:4 Hours 

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