Ascent of Windy Peak on 2017-10-29

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:HC Liang
Date:Sunday, October 29, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Windy Peak
    Elevation:9141 ft / 2786 m

Ascent Trip Report

This 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
Ascent Statistics
    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
Descent Statistics
    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:
1Tremont Mountain2017-10-29 a1208 ft / 368 m
2Windy Peak2017-10-29 b2051 ft / 625 m
Total Trip Gain: 3259 ft / 993 m    Total Trip Loss: 3259 ft / 993 m

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