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Ascent of Dakota Ridge on 2018-04-08

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Willie-Weimaraner Musser
Date:Sunday, April 8, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Dakota Ridge
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:6000 ft / 1828 m

Ascent Trip Report

Took the dog for a multi-hike exploration of the peaks in the Boulder area near Sanitas. The spring crowds were ridiculous and I would have ranked this hikes higher if there was not so much traffic. Runners everywhere and many many dogs. The city allows dogs off leash if they are in voice control. So despite the lovely views of the valley we headed up to the Dakota Ridge where there was a little less traffic. Parking is a tough. I was able to find one at he hospital which does not appear to be a hospital anymore.

Like much of this area, there were many areas where you could scramble or boulder along the ridge. Near the terminus of the Dakota Ridge is the peak on a small outcropping. Willie could not scramble up the last 10 feet so enjoyed food and water.

Then off to do the Sanitas
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:520 ft / 158 m
    Total Elevation Loss:60 ft / 18 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:55F beautiful day
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:520 ft / 158 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 500 ft / 152 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Loss on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:Dakota Ridge
    Start Trailhead:below hospital parking  5500 ft / 1676 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    End Trailhead:saddle col  5960 ft / 1816 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Boulder-2

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Dakota Ridge2018-04-08 a520 ft / 158 m
2Sanitas Mountaineer Top2018-04-08 b880 ft / 268 m
3Mount Sanitas2018-04-08 c163 ft / 50 m
4Sanitas Mountaineer Top2018-04-08 d60 ft / 18 m
5Red Rocks2018-04-08 e460 ft / 140 m
6Bald Mountain2018-04-08 f225 ft / 69 m
6North Table Mountain-Quarry Peak2018-04-08 g500 ft / 152 m
7North Table Mountain2018-04-08 h160 ft / 49 m
Total Trip Gain: 2968 ft / 904 m    Total Trip Loss: 1328 ft / 405 m



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