Ascent of Saddleback Mountain on 2017-06-04

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, June 4, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Saddleback Mountain
    Elevation:9568 ft / 2916 m

Ascent Trip Report

This TH is located in an interesting place. There are several signs leading you to the TH but the bottom line is that Clear Creek County and "Great Outdoors Colorado" and the Colorado Lottery set this trail for public use. The TH can ONLY park 2 cars no more. The TH is found at the hairpin curve of Sugarloaf Ridge Drive.

The trail is fairly well marked and very steep (class 1+) got my heart beating for an early morning start. The top of the summit has only moderate views but I enjoyed seeing the aspen, ponderosa pine, and fir. This is a nice early season pre-acclimation hike to elevation 9500. A nice benefit is this trail allows you to take your dog for a quick summit and it is right off I-70. I saw a mule deer at the summit. Temperature was 50F in the morning and 53F back at the car.

One last note...there is an alternate loop down at the top and a small alternate loop at the bottom. But the turn offs for each alternate trail was inconspicuous. I only saw the one near the top once I had passed it coming down. The one at the bottom I stumbled on to without even realizing I was on an alternate trail.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:768 ft / 234 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km
    Grade/Class:1+ steep
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:768 ft / 234 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:see TR
    Start Trailhead:parking lot  8800 ft / 2682 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
Ascent Part of Trip: Denver-7

Complete Trip Sequence:
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
11Peak 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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