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Ascent of Mount Sanitas on 2018-04-08

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Willie-Weimaraner Musser
Date:Sunday, April 8, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Sanitas
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:6863 ft / 2091 m

Ascent Trip Report

From the peak of Sanitas Mountaineer, we hiked down the main trail and missed the turn off and headed 60 feet down hill before we realized we were heading the wrong direction to tag the actual peak Sanitas. Turning around and bushwhacking we found the trail to Sanitas easily. If you are going downhill fast you are the wrong trail. The Lion Lairs trail is relatively flat to the true peak and there are no views on Sanitas but at least it is a 100 foot prominence peak not that that is very impressive either. We missed the sign explaining no dogs on the Lions Lair trail and so Willie dig summit with me accidently.

One note, on the far NW corner of the park, there is another free parking spot pull out that allows you to hike the peaks from Lions Lair trail (again no dogs allowed). This would give you a much lesser gain to reach the summit and a little less mileage. I estimate that this parking area starts about 500 feet higher up the mountain.
So more solitude, no dogs, and less gain.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:163 ft / 49 m
    Total Elevation Loss:163 ft / 49 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:163 ft / 49 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 103 ft / 31 m; Extra: 60 ft / 18m
    Loss on way in:60 ft / 18 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Start Trailhead:6760 ft / 2060 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:103 ft / 31 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    End Trailhead:6760 ft / 2060 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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