Ascent of Windy Peak on 2017-10-29
|Others in Party:||HC Liang|
|Date:||Sunday, October 29, 2017|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||9141 ft / 2786 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThis was our second hike of the day after successfully taking on the bushwhack to the top of Tremont and enjoying great views and scrambling up top. This hike is popular in the state park and has a nice gradual very well maintained trail to the top. There is one significant down climb to cross a small creek and as a result if you add up all the wavy meanders along the trail (especially through the slog through the lodgepole pine forest near the top) and the drop to the creek, I measured over 300 feet of additional gain each way. The hike is up the southern exposure so unlike our hike up Tremont, there was no snow on the ground and the first part of the hike was on open sunny ponderosa pine areas. It was interesting when we descended down to the creek that the north slopes had snow and none on the south.
We took the Burro Trail from the parking lot Bridge Creek parking lot and it signed very well to the top. About 2/3 of the way to the top is an interesting wall of rock. We put eyes on figuring out how to climb it safely later in the day. There is a long stretch of boring thick woods before the summit of lodgepole pine but then at the end there is some interesting schist rocks with glimmering muscovite along the ridge. The summit is a bit anticlimactic. There is only 180 degree views not 360 like on Tremont and the lower elevation (only 9100) does not give the same views we got on Tremont. We saw the entire range on Tremont including 5 14ers. It is called Windy Peak for a reason. At the summit overlook we had to put on coats and gloves as the winds were easily sustain 35 to 40 with gusts of 45 or more.
On the way down we took the opportunity to enjoy several short off trail scrambles. The best was back at the big wall. We found a cryptic seam on the higher end of the wall and wound our way up through the rocks on easy class 3 to some moderately exposed 3+ to the top of the wall and got great views from the cliffs below. We chose an easy grassy slope down back to the trail so not to push our luck. I am always amazed when you look around long enough to see what nature will provide you as a safe accesswway through walls of technical rock that can be climbed in the non technical class 3 range. Another great day in the woods.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||2051 ft / 625 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||2051 ft / 624 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||9.2 mi / 14.8 km|
| Grade/Class:||1 on trails but off |
| Quality:||5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Scramble|
45F windy at summit sheltered on way up
| Gain on way in:||1621 ft / 494 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 1321 ft / 403 m; Extra: 300 ft / 91m|
| Loss on way in:||300 ft / 91 m|
| Distance:||4.5 mi / 7.2 km|
| Route:||Burro Trail|
| Start Trailhead:||Bridge Creek 7820 ft / 2383 m|
| Loss on way out:||1751 ft / 533 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 1321 ft / 403 m; Extra: 430 ft / 131m|
| Gain on way out:||430 ft / 131 m|
| Distance:||4.7 mi / 7.6 km|
| Route:||Burro Trail plus several extra credit scrambles|
| End Trailhead:||same 7820 ft / 2383 m|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Denver-18|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 3259 ft / 993 m Total Trip Loss: 3259 ft / 993 m
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