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Alex WannRoute Climbed: Estes Cone Trail Date Climbed: January 1, 2004  Sucess!

Alex Wann

This climb was a great way to break in the new year! I summited with my wild man brother Dylan, and quickly went back down to avoid being blown off to the slopes of Longs Peak! It was also nice for the trail was packed well, and easy to follow because of other hikers tracks. Also, scrambling at the top was a blast, and so was the amazing view.
Posted Jan 2, 2005 8:19 pm

shack001Route Climbed: Storm Pass Trail from Long's Peak Ranger Station Date Climbed: 09 SEPTEMBER 2004  Sucess!

shack001

First hike over 7,500 feet in several years. Climbed with best friend Jason Moore. We are trying to get back into good shape for winter snowshoeing and some more fourteeners next season. One the way up, I had a protracted territorial discussion with a spruce squirrel (Tamiasciurus fremonti) on the way to Moore Park (he won the argument, I must say, by default), and a short encounter near the summit with a very friendly Colorado chipmunk (Eutamias quadrivittatus) who came right up to my feet looking expectantly, no doubt, for trail mix. When I told him I was not going to contribute to any future health problems he might suffer from such a handout, he took off for more promising territory. Encountered many other fellow hikers along the way, including SP members Georg and Betsy, and their friends from Boulder. Saturday, the sky was that deep indigo blue of the Tuareg, punctuated with the hanging silver crescent of a waning Moon, another of those spectacular hiking days that Colorado can boast of so many! Weather: Severe Clear!
Posted Oct 12, 2004 1:08 am

Jason MooreRoute Climbed: standard Date Climbed: OCT 09, 2004  Sucess!

Jason Moore

I conquered this beast along with my friend shack001

despite it's steepness. The view of the Mount Meeker-Long's Peak cirque was awesome. Ran into some fellow Vermonters on the descent as well as Georg and Betsy, both encounters were quite unexpected!
Posted Oct 11, 2004 2:04 pm

georgbetsyRoute Climbed: Longs Peak Trailhead Date Climbed: October 9, 2004  Sucess!

georgbetsy

Had a beautiful hike to Estes Cone today. Great views of Meeker and Longs Peak
Posted Oct 9, 2004 6:47 pm

Brad SniderRoute Climbed: Longs Peak Trailhead Date Climbed: March 27, 2004  Sucess!

Brad Snider

Fun hike with my dad and a great view!
Posted Sep 21, 2004 9:13 pm

ccoashRoute Climbed: Longs peak trail Date Climbed: Aug 6 2004  Sucess!

ccoash

A great alternative if the legs are too tired to do Longs. Its easy to lose the route coming down. If you do, just keep yourself facing longs, angle toward storm peak and you'll run back in to the trail. Some good, small rock faces up at the summit. Would be good for learning rock climbing.
Posted Aug 10, 2004 1:57 pm

mtwashingtonmonroeRoute Climbed: Longs Peak Trail/ Storm Pass Date Climbed: June 6, 2004  Sucess!

mtwashingtonmonroe

This was my first hike up a Rocky Mountain summit on my first day there. It was quite an amazing mountain for my first one and I'll never forget it. I reached the summit just at sunset and the views were wonderful to Longs Peak and over to Chapin, Chiquita, and Ypsilon. I loved it and will definately be going back! What a beautiful mountain!
Posted Jun 13, 2004 10:47 am

petersbikeRoute Climbed: summit trail Date Climbed: 5-09-04  Sucess!

petersbike

Nice hike, with great views . Sat on the summit with some hamsters( or squirrells or something?).
Hiked again 2/17/05, broke trail with snowshoes. Welcome temps, as it was 5 degrees in lafayette area and 15 degrees or so warmer in the mountains.
Posted May 9, 2004 11:20 pm

ChrisRoute Climbed: Standard Trail Date Climbed: March 18, 2004  Sucess!

Chris

Took a friend from Indiana up this as a nice casual day climb. Weather was incredibly warm, did the entire hike in shorts and a polypro shirt and wind vest. Trail was pretty easy to follow.
Posted Mar 21, 2004 2:28 pm

RyanSRoute Climbed: Estes Cone Trail Date Climbed: March 7, 2004  Sucess!

RyanS

We spent a calm, bluebird morning shoeing up Estes Cone. Conditions were especially brilliant considering the 112 mph winds recorded at Niwot Ridge just a day before. We were the first to break trail following the week's storms, but this is an easy task when there's layer after layer of icy, broken trail beneath a few new inches of snow -- like walking on a sidewalk! Summit views of Longs and Meeker were astounding, but I think the best sight of the day was watching clouds pouring over the Continental Divide, spilling into Tyndall Gorge and Chaos Canyon, obscuring but highlighting Otis and Hallett Peaks. A trip report is available here.
Posted Mar 8, 2004 4:16 pm

big_gRoute Climbed: std from Longs Peak ranger station Date Climbed: 28 Oct 2003  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 28, 2003

big_g

Took my visiting cousin (from OH) to RMNP to summit his first mountain. He made it although he was noticably less energetic towards the top. We had lots of fun scrabling around on the summit rocks.

Very windy out there today!
Posted Oct 28, 2003 10:33 pm

belexesRoute Climbed: Longs Peak Trailhead Date Climbed: March 16, 2003  Sucess!

belexes

I did this as a snowshoe with the Colorado Mountain Club. The snow thinned out for the last 300 feet (or so) to the summit, so we had to remove our 'shoes. It was an overcast day, but we still had great views of the Twin Sisters and Longs Peak. A few days later, we got hit with a massive snowstorm (The Blizzard of 2003) down in Denver.
Posted Aug 22, 2003 2:29 pm

hoosierhikerRoute Climbed: Longs Peak Trailhead Date Climbed: July 31, 2003  Sucess!

hoosierhiker

After somehow failing to recognize and reach the summit four years ago, my friend Jeremy and I finally reached the top of Estes Cone. It provides superb views of Longs, which I climbed one year prior to the day, Meeker, and Twin Sisters. The summit log was full, but I squeezed my name to say I had made it!
Posted Aug 5, 2003 10:42 pm

mtnhiker13Route Climbed: From Longs Peak Trailhead Date Climbed: June 21, 2003  Sucess!

mtnhiker13

I have wanted to climb Estes Cone for a number of years and finally got there this weekend. Awesome views of Longs and Meeker! We celebrated the summer solstice at the top by balancing some eggs.

:-) A great hike through the forest and some fun rock scrambling at the top.
Posted Jun 23, 2003 11:42 am

shannarae2kRoute Climbed: From Longs Ranger station Date Climbed: June 21, 2003  Sucess!

shannarae2k

This was my first Summit. Beautiful Views of Long and Meeker, and a lot of fun!
Posted Jun 23, 2003 9:25 am

attila_dobaiRoute Climbed: From Long's ranger station Date Climbed: 21JUN2003  Sucess!

attila_dobai

This was a great hike for a novice. The first 2 miles offer some great wilderness scenery and had a runoff stream that exemplified the Colorado mountain experience. The last 1/2 mile was a bit of a challenge for me (I am a bit out of shape), but the views of Long's and Meeker were worth every ounce of effort I put in.
Posted Jun 22, 2003 12:12 am

richardmasonerRoute Climbed: from Long's Peak Campground off Hwy 7 Date Climbed: May 17, 2003
The weather was absolutely gorgeous! I took my two young children and wife. Two co-workers also came along.



There was quite a bit of snow on the trail, especially above 9500 feet. I should've brought snow-shoes for my seven-year-old -- the postholing really slowed him down, and at 10,200 feet we decided to turn around.



Nonetheless we had a great time hanging out in the hills. We encountered a group from CMC who were taking a map/compass test. Hope you all did well!



Photos are at http://www.masoner.net/photos/estescone/



RFM
Posted May 21, 2003 1:15 pm

granddeityRoute Climbed: Standard (Longs Peak TH) Date Climbed: May 4, 2003  Sucess!
We decided to do it without snowshoes and we were rewarded with lots of postholes. Nice hike, great view of Long's.
Posted May 6, 2003 12:19 am

smudgeRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: October 30, 2001  Sucess!

smudge

This is a great little mountain. It was a cloudy day below, but the summit was about 200 ft above the clouds. The views of the peaks popping thier summits through the clouds was amazing!
Posted May 4, 2003 2:50 pm

ogonzooRoute Climbed: Longs Peak Ranger Station Date Climbed: November, 23 2002  Sucess!

ogonzoo

we went up late november of 2002 thinking that we could do a little snowshoeing in the area. to our disappointment we found very little snow and ended up looking for something to do. either my buddy or i had climbed up estes cone so we decided to go on up and check it out. there was a little bit of snow, enough to slap the ole snowshoes on from time to time and get our early season fix in. once we past moore's park the trail disappeared off into the snow, so figuring the only way to summit something is to start climbing straight up, we did a little trail cutting for about 2 miles up the side.... eventually we came across the lily lake trail and followed it way down to the junction where a ton of trails came together at the foot of estes cone, we started climbing. once we got to the top we spent about an hour running around the top trying to stay warm and out of the wind, snapped a few photos, eventually we broke out the hot chocolate and soup to have a little summit top lunch, then headed down. estes cone was a lot of fun, i really dug that hike and look forward to going back someday.
Posted Jan 13, 2003 6:19 am

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