This is a mostly mellow route with a pleasant finish to a rocky summit. The route gently ascends through high prairie to the foot of the peak, where the elevation gain picks up the pace and the going briefly gets a bit steeper.
Roundtrip Distance: 2.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 280 feet
YDS Rating: Class 2
From Hartsel, Colorado, near the intersection of US Hwy 24 and CO Hwy 9
• Follow CO Hwy 9 south for approximately 15 miles.
• Turn left / northeast on Park County Road 116.
• Follow CO Rd 116 about 1 mile northeast to the turnoff for Forest Service Road 270.
• Turn right on FS 270 and park.
From winter parking at the intersection of CO Rd 116 and FS 270.
• Head out south-southeast across the high prairie on gentle terrain. You may follow an old road bed (I visited in snow season and only the vaguest hint of a roadbed was apparent.)
• Continue a little under a mile to a drainage.
• Continue across the drainage for about another ¼ mile to the saddle area east of the peak.
• From here, turn sharply southwest; the route begins more rapidly gaining elevation.
• From the saddle area, climb for less than ½ mile to the rocky summit, to the far south of the summit ridge.
Essential Gear• WINTER - Flotation (snowshoes would be ideal given that much of the route travels steep, densely-timbered slopes).
• Trail Map (Either the USGS Castle Rock Gulch quad or a custom map will be necessary)
• Colorado Gazetteer or similar roadmap illustrating minor/dirt roads.
• Compass or GPS
• Water and snacks
• WINTER - Insulated, water-proof boots
• First aid kit