Ascent of Legault Mountain on 2017-08-05

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, August 5, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Legault Mountain
    Elevation:9074 ft / 2765 m

Ascent Trip Report

Another really great Jefferson County Park. Again great trails, well maintained and free!
I parked at the parking lot off South Turkey Creek Road. I hiked up Owl's Perch Trail to Lodgepole Loop to Sunny Aspen Trail to Old Ski Run Trail. Old Ski Run Trail makes a loop. Near the mileage junction on the map they provide in the loop there is a use trail that heads due east across the saddle. Apparently, the County purchased the land under Legault Mountain later and has not provided any maintained and mapped trails to the summit. Only to point 8688 which has disappointing views.

There are two use trails heading to Legault. The better developed one heads southeast right to the park boundary where many no trespassing signs pop up and the park even stakes out clearly what is on their property for the hiker. This is the best trail as it scoots along the park boundary east until it winds around some pinnacles and then the use trail is no longer worn in but somebody has taken the time to line it with dead branches so it is a breeze to follow up to the summit.

If you do this the scrambling opportunities are minimized. If you go a little off of the use trail there is a lot of fun granite with great holds to class 3 on from pinnacle to pinnacle to the top. Best of all, even though the parking lot was full and I passed many hikers with dogs, nobody was using the use trails to the actual summit. So when I got to the summit I was rewarded with not only surprisingly interesting and diverse views but complete solitude to eat and enjoy. And then some fun scrambling playground rock all over the top.

I will return with my family.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1494 ft / 454 m
    Total Elevation Loss:260 ft / 78 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.7 mi / 7.6 km
    Grade/Class:1, with some 3
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
70F beautiful
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1294 ft / 394 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1234 ft / 376 m; Extra: 60 ft / 18m
    Loss on way in:60 ft / 18 m
    Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Route:see TR
    Start Trailhead:Parking Jefferson county park   7840 ft / 2389 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:200 ft / 60 m
    Gain on way out:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km

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