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Ascent of Mount Galbraith on 2017-05-21

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, May 21, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Galbraith
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:7240 ft / 2206 m

Ascent Trip Report

A very popular hike for locals out of Golden and their dogs. Trails are well marked and maintained and the routes have nice views. I took the right loop which winds all the way into the back to attack the peak. The views are good but the prominence on this peak is poor as it ties to a taller peak registered on peakbagger on the SW side. Jefferson County has signage asking you not to go hike the higher prominent peak because it is conservation lands - part of the park but off limits to people. Shame it looks really nice. I see others have tagged it.

The summit blocks are not all that exciting but on the way down to the eastern side of the loop there are some nice pinnacles that you can go out take cool photos and scramble some. Their are unofficial use trails to the peak and the pinnacles. The views coming off the back side are particularly fun to see the switch back road up Look out Mountain and the Big White "M". Fortunately Jefferson County has not signed them or blocked the use trails and the summit and pinnacles get a lot of side trail traffic.

On the way down I set my eyes on the extra credit small sub peak. It actually has enough prominence to exceed the 100 foot threshold. After hiking up over 1000 feet I was most disappointed that Galbraith is not a 100 foot prominence peak and its parent which is - is off limits. So I ran down and tagged the small extra credit subpeak that at least has 140 feet of prominence and nice views of Castle Rock.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1090 ft / 331 m
    Total Elevation Loss:640 ft / 194 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    Grade/Class:1,2
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:55F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:990 ft / 301 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 940 ft / 286 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Loss on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Cedar Gulch Tr to Rt. Galbraith Loop Tr
    Start Trailhead:Parking off Golden Gate Canyon  6300 ft / 1920 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:590 ft / 179 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 490 ft / 149 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Gain on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.4 km
    Route:loop left to saddle
    End Trailhead:saddle between peaks  6750 ft / 2057 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Denver-6

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Hyland Hill2017-05-09 a70 ft / 21 m
2West Morgan Hill2017-05-09 b160 ft / 49 m
3Castle Rock2017-05-09 c669 ft / 204 m
5Green Mountain2017-05-10 e835 ft / 255 m
6Mount Bailey2017-05-10 g599 ft / 183 m
7Crow Hill2017-05-10 h230 ft / 70 m
8(Attempt) Royal Arch2017-05-12 i1655 ft / 504 m
9(Attempt) Two Move Rock2017-05-12 j100 ft / 30 m
10Centralia Mountain2017-05-21 a1440 ft / 439 m
11Mount Galbraith2017-05-21 b1090 ft / 332 m
12Mount Galbraith-East Peak2017-05-21 c240 ft / 73 m
Total Trip Gain: 7088 ft / 2160 m    Total Trip Loss: 3550 ft / 1082 m



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