So I went up the southwest ridge right out of the Canyon bottom. And i got turned around about a quarter mile or a half mile from the summit because I got clifed out (an experienced climber might do it but I'm a rookie) and I wasn't comfortable with the snow fields on rock scree.
If your doing a winter ascent I would recommend from the East.
On the particular day I summited, the entire expanse of eastern Colorado plains were blanketed in clouds. As far as my eye could see, majestic clouds formed what looked like a white ocean. This climb ranked as one of my favorite summit days ever. Even on a normal day, it is a fun climb and highly recommended. Just note that it's on private property, so approach with caution and Leave No Trace.
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