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Ascent of Peak 9320 on 2017-06-03

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, June 3, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Peak 9320
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:9320 ft / 2840 m

Ascent Trip Report

Down from the bushwhack of Visitor Point; I walked down the trail to he lower parking lot below the VC and crossed the creek at the bridge and found the Bear Trail TH on the other side of the paved road that heads NE. The TH begins very steep and then winds up to a junction with Bear Trail and Horseshoe Trail. Bear is steeper and more aggressive and even though it does NOT show up currently on the Google map as a trail it is there; well marked and will put you right on top of this peak. It will not deliver you to the slightly lower but more sexy pinnacle called Ralston Roost. That is a class 3+ scramble extra credit if you choose once you summit the taller peak 9320.

This is a very scenic and nice trail. Many people had their dogs out on the trail. I will return and do this again with Karen and Willie some day. There are many fine scrambling opportunities for those that wish to leave trail along the way and it is good sticky granite to play on. I resisted the urge trying to get my peak in on few calories and needing more Gatorade. Many trails lead to this summit so it got a bit crowded at the top. Views were nice but the best views were along the way to the peak where Ralston Roost and the lower pinnacle (not currently on peakbagger) show up as a tease before you get to the summit.

From the summit, I was confused what peak I was on. The map was not clear. I had the GPS on peakbagger and thought if I down climbed toward the loop trail (Horseshoe) I would get Ralston but the map indicator clearly showed I was heading in the wrong direction. Backclimbing back up to the peak 9320 I realized that the very attractive pinnacle next to use was actually Ralston Roost so I bushwacked to it next. It is a pretty short by rewarding extra credit that was the best view of the day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1450 ft / 441 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1415 ft / 430 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.7 mi / 7.6 km
    Grade/Class:1 with some 2 and ea
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
57F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1260 ft / 384 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1120 ft / 341 m; Extra: 140 ft / 42m
    Loss on way in:140 ft / 42 m
    Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Route:Bear Trail all the way
    Start Trailhead:Visitor Center to Creek Bridge and TH  8200 ft / 2499 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1275 ft / 388 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1085 ft / 330 m; Extra: 190 ft / 57m
    Gain on way out:190 ft / 57 m
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    End Trailhead:8235 ft / 2510 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Denver-7

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Visitor Point2017-06-03 a1296 ft / 395 m
2Peak 93202017-06-03 b1450 ft / 442 m
3Ralston Roost2017-06-03 c94 ft / 29 m
4(Attempt) Tremont Mountain2017-06-03 d600 ft / 183 m
5(Attempt) Mount Thomas2017-06-03 e60 ft / 18 m
6Panorama Point2017-06-03 g 
10Saddleback Mountain2017-06-04 a768 ft / 234 m
11un 119902017-06-04 b450 ft / 137 m
12un 121792017-06-04 c604 ft / 184 m
13un 119412017-06-04 d251 ft / 77 m
14un 119702017-06-04 e520 ft / 158 m
15Mount Bailey2017-06-04 f449 ft / 137 m
Total Trip Gain: 6542 ft / 1994 m    Total Trip Loss: 4166 ft / 1270 m



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