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Ascent of Bergen Peak on 2017-12-03

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, December 3, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Bergen Peak
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:9708 ft / 2958 m

Ascent Trip Report

Nice day for DEC. No snow. Able to climb to nearly 10k and NO SNOW! Parked at the higher parking lot off Stagecoach Road (the one off Evergreen Parkway is nearly down at 7500 instead of 7800). Well marked, well maintained JEFCO park again. Used Meadow View trail to Bergen Peak Trail which takes you through three adjoined public lands. First, Jefferson County Park (Elk Meadow Park) then into Bergen Park ( a Denver Mountain Park) then finally into Bergen Peak State Wildlife Area (they do allow hunting there) then back into Bergen Peak Park the Denver Mountain Park.

I wore a bright orange blaze cap for the section through hunting lands but heard no shots and there were many people on the trail (joggers, bikers, and hikers). It is a long steep mountain bike route to the top. Not much in the way of views. Spotty here and there. You start in beautiful ponderosa pine slopes and then into sub alpine fir but as many of the peaks in this area end up in thick lodgepole pine stands that afford no views. Fortunately upper slopes do regain ponderosa groves which are more open and scenic. One nice view at the very top but largely this is a 10 mile slog RT for less than 300 feet of prominence so for all those times you feel guilty having peakbagged a 3 or 4 k prominence peak with less than 2k of climb, here is one to make up for it with over 2k of climb for a tiny prominence.

Actual peak is near the small antennae near the overlook but there is a use trail to the actual summit and a large cairn and sign there. no views at the actual summit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2128 ft / 648 m
    Total Elevation Loss:200 ft / 60 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.6 mi / 15.4 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
45F start 60F end
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2028 ft / 618 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1928 ft / 587 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Loss on way in:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:4.8 mi / 7.7 km
    Route:Meadow View to Bergen Peak Tr.
    Start Trailhead:Stagecoach TH  7780 ft / 2371 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Gain on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:4.8 mi / 7.7 km



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