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Ascent of Badger Mountain on 2017-10-21

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, October 21, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Badger Mountain
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:11294 ft / 3442 m

Ascent Trip Report

Wanted to grab >1000ft prominence peak and this one is 1500 but it was not an exciting hike. The navigation to get the TH was the most exciting part. I used a HCV Subaru AWD and that was perfect for those forest roads. Ironically the road up to the tower was easier but it was gated.

I took CR23A off of US Highway 24 and headed north. Do not trust the google maps which show you can take FR 46 to FR 595. I tried that route and got stopped by private lands and no trespassing signs. Instead take Clear Creek Road following signs to La Salle Pass. You have a choice of FR 44 or FR 44-2A and the signs recommend 44-2A and there was only one steep rocky section that the Subaru had not trouble with. The roads are used by ATVs and trucks equally. Finding the saddle junction where FR 595 (USGS map calls it FR 228) it was decision time. Drive up or hike up?

The Forest signs scare you recommending only jeeps can proceed. So I parked there and made this hike a 8.6 miler. Ughhhhh. As I hiked up I saw it was actually find for a SUV and plenty of places to pull over. Damn! About one third the way up there was a locked gate with a parking area. Dang could have at least parked there. From that spot upward there was now on the road.

Views are limited and this is a mental slog of around 1500 feet of vertical with about 100 feet of additional gain each way. Tower clutter. This is a hike ONLY for prominence baggers. Not one to take a thrill seeker with you.

My only note of positive - I used this as an exercise hike and pushed it up and back. I made the 4.3 miles and 1600 feet gain up in 1 hour and 7 minutes; and jog-walked down in 50 minutes.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1771 ft / 539 m
    Total Elevation Loss:210 ft / 64 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.6 mi / 13.8 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
37 F to down to 32F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1666 ft / 507 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1561 ft / 476 m; Extra: 105 ft / 32m
    Loss on way in:105 ft / 32 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Route:FR 228 (aka 595 on Google)
    Start Trailhead:Saddle junction of FR 228 and FR 44  9733 ft / 2966 m
    Time:1 Hours 7 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:105 ft / 32 m
    Gain on way out:105 ft / 32 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Time:50 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Fairplay-1

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Eagle Rock2017-10-21 a980 ft / 299 m
2China Wall2017-10-21 b399 ft / 122 m
3Badger Mountain2017-10-21 c1771 ft / 540 m
Total Trip Gain: 3150 ft / 961 m    Total Trip Loss: 480 ft / 146 m



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