Ascent of James Newton Park High Point on 2017-12-10

Climber: William Musser

Date:Sunday, December 10, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:James Newton Park High Point
    Elevation:8770 ft / 2673 m

Ascent Trip Report

Surprising this was not in the LOJ or Peakbagger database as it is a peak with nearly 300 feet of prominence in a public lands with many trails and some steep rock bands. Along South Foxton Road is three pullouts to this DMP land. Each has a small parking area near a gate. You can hike through the gate but not drive up. Each pullout has a short road to a picnic venue. I parked at the first one off of 285 and had an odd conversation that was basically telling me that only the "locals new about this park and they all liked to give each other space so she would leave to give me space"

I assured her i would hike faster than her and her dogs and I was going to bag the peak in the park and I assured her she would not see me after a 60 second head start. She agreed we could both park there and I headed off. She stuck to the trails and I went off trail and never saw her again. It is bad enough that half of the peaks are in or on private property and you have to deal with the no trespassing stuff but you do not expect to run into that type of goofiness when you are a public ally paid for Denver Mountain Parks. Being the savvy diplomat, we settled it all fine and she apologized for being snippy when I pulled up but I mean really...........did she really think DMP purchased this parcel for her personal dog walking use? LOL

I headed up the road past the pavilion and ball-field and picked up a narrow single track use path. It bifurcated and I headed north along the western property line along what became a ATV trail. Checking my phone map GPS I could tell this trail was going to go off onto private property. Sure enough if you follow this ATV track it will take you to the summit but not without sliding out a bit to far to the north onto private lands so I bushwhacked up the north property line which was well delineated on the google maps, the USGS map on the peakbagger ap, and if that is not enough, the DMP had ribbons on trees along the boundary line so trespassing did not occur. The summit is not real entertaining a bust. But on the way down I decided to take a more direct route and hike through the rock wall that you can see from the TH.

I worried that I would cliff out but there are many easy rifts and seams through the rock and it was an easy but steep ascent. More importantly, I observed fun easy class 3 areas that I could have used to climb up. I hiked back bushwhacking through very open country (much ponderosa pine type habitat) perfect for open orienteering. Near the end I re-found a trail that was hiker booted in the snow up and over a nice little hill with nice views and back to the pavilion and back to the car. I will return with my sons and simply bushwhack to the rock bands and select the many easy safe class 3 opportunites to the top next time

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:680 ft / 206 m
    Total Elevation Loss:60 ft / 18 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Grade/Class:1 thru 3
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:620 ft / 188 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:see TR complicated
    Start Trailhead:DMP pull off closest to 285  8150 ft / 2484 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:60 ft / 18 m
    Gain on way out:60 ft / 18 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
Ascent Part of Trip: Denver-20

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Berrian Mountain2017-12-09 a1142 ft / 348 m
2Berrian Pinnacle2017-12-09 b250 ft / 76 m
3Hobbs Peak2017-12-09 c555 ft / 169 m
4Hobbs Peak2017-12-09 d200 ft / 61 m
5Mount Bailey2017-12-10 a449 ft / 137 m
6James Newton Park High Point2017-12-10 b680 ft / 207 m
7Dinosaur Ridge2017-12-10 g610 ft / 186 m
Total Trip Gain: 3886 ft / 1184 m    Total Trip Loss: 535 ft / 162 m

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