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Ascent of Sugarloaf Mountain on 2017-03-16

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, March 16, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Sugarloaf Mountain
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:8917 ft / 2717 m

Ascent Trip Report

Last hike of the day. Drove up and parked at the trail head for the Switzerland Trail and hiked up from the parking lot. The peak stands up in the middle of the forest with a steep cone shape. As I climbed it I realized why. The top material appeared to be vesicular rhyolite which would indicate it was some sort of volcanic plug, cone, or other similar laccolith type feature in the landscape which is very different than the slow magma cooled feldspar rich top of South Boulder Peak and the conglomerate sandstone top of Green Mountain. I love the vastly different geology I experienced in such a small geographic area around Boulder. This peak has some huge old pines that were burned and killed. They looked like they had been around a very long time. What a shame. The views of the snowy range of Longs Peak and the other 13 and 14ers to the west was excellent.

An easy fast hike. Took 17 minutes to the top then the sun started to set was time to retreat to the car.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:476 ft / 145 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:58F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:476 ft / 145 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:Standard
    Start Trailhead:See TR  8441 ft / 2572 m
    Time:17 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
Ascent Part of Trip: Denver-4

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Green Mountain2017-03-16 a1596 ft / 486 m
2Flagstaff Mountain2017-03-16 b302 ft / 92 m
2North Table Mountain-Quarry Peak2017-03-17 B53 ft / 16 m
3Sugarloaf Mountain2017-03-16 c476 ft / 145 m
6Mount Zion2017-03-17 F379 ft / 116 m
10North Table Mountain2017-03-17 A570 ft / 174 m
14Centennial South Peak2017-03-17 C1215 ft / 370 m
14(Attempt) Centennial Cone2017-03-17 D500 ft / 152 m
15Peak 78142017-03-17 E584 ft / 178 m
17Peak 71602017-03-17 G220 ft / 67 m
18Lookout Mountain2017-03-17 H94 ft / 29 m
19Colorow Hill2017-03-17 I300 ft / 91 m
20South Table Mountain2017-03-18 J555 ft / 169 m
21Castle Rock2017-03-18 K154 ft / 47 m
22Peak 71602017-03-18 L280 ft / 85 m
24Lookout Mountain2017-03-18 M54 ft / 16 m
30Mount Glennon2017-03-19 M973 ft / 297 m
Total Trip Gain: 8305 ft / 2530 m    Total Trip Loss: 5896 ft / 1796 m



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