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Ascent of Stanley Mountain on 2017-06-27

Climber: William Musser

Date:Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Stanley Mountain
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:12521 ft / 3816 m

Ascent Trip Report

After work hike with the CMC. Trip led by wife and husband team of Linda and Tom Jagger; accompanied by Brad Cotton, Taobrien and myself. This outing was filled with botanist and wild flower enthusiast so I learned about 8 or so species of wildflowers along the way.

We parked at the pass and headed up the obvious trail which is well maintained and not used enough to be worn in too deep. Easy hiking and trail to find. Only near the beginning was there some snow on ground to slush through but the ridge walk was free of snow. The ridge has numerous bumps so there is a lot of gain and regain with false summits. The views are very nice. A very pleasant walk once you make the ridge. Stanley has a good prominence but to continue to the next prominence peak (Vasquez) one would have to drop down quite a way and the path up the ridge was still covered with snow and cornices so Stanley was a nice ending point.

All good chatting partners and all my age or a bit older. Tom was in splendid shape and as a co-leader allowed me to take a brisk pace to the summit before it got too dark. Brad also completed the summit. We had the most diverse conversations bounding between botany, military, politics, nature, avalanches, professional endeavors and past trips. The others stayed back and enjoyed the views and flowers and we met back up and hiked down.

I would do this hike again with Karen. I think she would enjoy it.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1926 ft / 586 m
    Total Elevation Loss:720 ft / 218 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.4 mi / 11.9 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
50F heavy winds 35 to 40
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1566 ft / 477 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1206 ft / 368 m; Extra: 360 ft / 109m
    Loss on way in:360 ft / 109 m
    Distance:3.7 mi / 6 km
    Route:Continental Divide Trail
    Start Trailhead:Berthoud Pass  11315 ft / 3448 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:360 ft / 109 m
    Gain on way out:360 ft / 109 m
    Distance:3.7 mi / 6 km
    Route:same
    End Trailhead:same  
Ascent Part of Trip: Denver-8

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Dinosaur Ridge-North I-70 Peak2017-06-27 a180 ft / 55 m
2Stanley Mountain2017-06-27 b1926 ft / 587 m
3Peak 125072017-06-27 c157 ft / 48 m
4Peak 124242017-06-27 d24 ft / 7 m
6Russell Peak2017-06-27 f30 ft / 9 m
Total Trip Gain: 2317 ft / 706 m    Total Trip Loss: 720 ft / 219 m



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