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Bulwark Ridge

Bulwark Ridge


Page Type: Route

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 40.52600°N / 105.511°W

Object Title: Bulwark Ridge

Route Type: Hike

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: Class 1 Walk-up

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Page By: Andy

Created/Edited: Jun 13, 2005 / Jun 13, 2005

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To get to the North Inlet Trailhead head east (downhill) from the town of Glen Haven. After 2.1 miles take a left (north) on Dunnraven Glade Road. Go north on the road for 2.2 miles to the well-marked trailhead.

Route Description

Net Elevation Gain: 3,562 feet
Total Elevation Gain: 3,910 feet
Round Trip Distance: 12.0 miles

From the North Inlet Trailhead, pass the vehicle gate, and walk 0.6 mile up the road to 8,100 feet where you'll see the trail leaving the road. Hike up the trail 0.8 mile as it switchbacks up onto Bulwark Ridge until you reach a signed trail junction at 8,700 feet. Take the left branch and continue on the Bulwark Ridge Trail for 3.3 miles until it crests at 10,840 feet near the summit of Bulwark Ridge. Up until this point you have been hiking in dense forest only occassionally being teased by the great views you know are out there - finally you will be able to see South Signal Mountain and Signal Mountain. Descend 0.25 mile to the gentle, 10,780-foot saddle between Bulwark Ridge and South Signal Mountain.

Whenever you find a good spot leave the trail and head up to the rocky outcrop that makes up the summit block of South Signal Mountain. A bit of class 2 scrambling is required to reach the summit.

To reach Signal Mountain descend north 0.5 mile to the saddle between South Signal Mountain and Signal Mountain (here you'll cross the Bulwark Ridge Trail) and continue to up the gentle slope for 0.2 miles to the summit of Signal Mountain. For the descent, return to the Signal-South Signal saddle to regain Bulwark Ridge Trail.

Essential Gear

Bring standard hiking kit appropriate to the conditions. Nothing unusual is needed.

Miscellaneous Info

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