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davebobk47Via Frosty Park  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 11, 2006

davebobk47

A bit chilly with lots of snow drifts. Visibility wasn't very good but there were still some great views.
Posted Mar 13, 2006 3:37 pm

shknbkebushwack from Gold Camp Rd
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2003

shknbke

Rosa was the first mountain I climbed after moving to Colorado in 2003. A very prominent peak that is visible from many areas in C. Springs. Great views and plenty of lady bugs in the summer!
Posted Mar 12, 2006 6:06 am

BeginnerClimberFINALLY!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 11, 2006

BeginnerClimber

A few friends and I have been trying Mt Rosa for several months, but whenever our schedules were open, the weather seemed to turn for the worse. Ironically, last weekend, when the weather was PERFECT and we planned a trip, I HAD TO WORK!! ARGH! Anyway, so we decided to push through the snow and go for the summit today since the weather would turn bad tomorrow. Gold Camp Road was closed, so we had to take the longer Old Stage Road, which made for good views of the mountains. Eventually, we made it to 379, but the vehicle's clearance didn't make it over the frozen creek. So, we hiked up to Frosty Park to what we thought was the trailhead (whatever signs WERE there were shot to bits). It was a good hike save for the snow, and the snow was light enough to plow through. Two of the five of us had tennis shoes on and made it OK. We lost the trail a couple of times in the snow, but from the Frosty Park printout, we knew we had to make the summit ridge, which we did without too many problems. From there, it was just bushwacking to the summit, which we noticed it was BITTERLY cold (about 15 degrees).

All in all, it wasn't the greatest day for climbing Mount Rosa, but we had fun. The helicopter from (we assumed) Fort Carson that circled the area practically all day kept us company, and we got some great pictures! A great hike for those that are wanting to get away from the traffic.

Oh, yeah, I almost forgot. The summit log is in very poor condition and needs replacing. So, in the gloveless bitter cold I signed it "03/11/06 Dan Smith & friends" as I couldn't muster the energy to sign everyone's names.
Posted Mar 12, 2006 12:11 am

RyanSRoute Climbed: Frosty Park Date Climbed: December 31, 2005  Sucess!

RyanS

While most of the Front Range has no shortage of snow, this seems to be a very light year for Pikes and its surroundings. Erin and I hiked in from Gold Camp Road. We never needed our snowshoes (compare to last year's summit logs). Heck, we didn't even don our gaiters! Little to no wind to speak of and warm (50+ degrees) temps meant that I didn't need to add a jacket to my t-shirt until we reached the ridge. A delightful New Year's Eve hike!
Posted Jan 3, 2006 1:12 pm

cftbqRoute Climbed: East slopes via St. Marys Falls Date Climbed: 22 October, 2005  Sucess!

cftbq

Another "all the way'' run/hike/climb from Cheyenne Cañon. 22 miles, 5500 ft. 9 hours, 36 minutes round trip, minus at least 20 minutes (est.) I spend talking with two women who reached the summit right on my heels. One was actually named Rose (!) and the other was making her first climb of Rosa. They started from the Gold Camp Road parking lot. A gorgeous sunny day, and once again, no pictures--my camera's batteries had run down! The snowy Sanges seemed to float in the distance...


Hey, come on--doesn't anybody else do anything but the short route from Frosty Park??
Posted Oct 22, 2005 7:42 pm

Boscof16Route Climbed: Frosty Park Standard Date Climbed: October 8 2005  Sucess!
Great hike and a beautiful day. Entries below very accurate, i.e. the 1.5 mile drive up 379 is serious 4WD only. The parking area has a couple of forest service markers knocked over and no trailhead marking, just look for the clearing at 1.4 miles on your odometer. If walking it's the first big parking area on the right after the road opens up to a meadow. Someone definitely needs to replace the summit log, sad to see it in such bad shape. Great hike!
Posted Oct 8, 2005 11:11 pm

roughinit2Route Climbed: 379 to Frosty Park Date Climbed: 9/24/05  Sucess!
With 379 being too much for our 2WD Saturn, we parked in the big pulloff on gold camp. Hiking up 379 was not very interesting - it mostly made us mad seeing what ATV's, dirt bikes, alcohol, and guns can do to a perfectly decent road. The trail was also in sad shape, with tons of erosion and loose rocks. The entire route is in need of a clean-up. At the saddle, someone made a log gate marking the turn-off to the summit. There were very few cairns as mentioned in the description. We summited at 12:15pm and had it to ourselves. Great views in all directions. Aspens were close to peak color change, especially around the reservoir. There were many lady bugs at the summit.



I would recommend this route, but the trail surface can use a lot of work.



1hr 45min up (not going fast). 1 hour back to car.
Posted Sep 26, 2005 11:57 am

skorpeoRoute Climbed: Frostys Park Date Climbed: August 28-2005  Sucess!

skorpeo

Very nice hike. The peak is a cone, so you really fel like you are on top of a mountain.
Posted Sep 12, 2005 12:41 am

cftbqRoute Climbed: Gold Camp Road, St. Mary's Falls, east slopes Date Climbed: 28 July 2005  Sucess!

cftbq

4 hrs., 24 min. round trip from the Gold Camp Road parking lot trailhead (approx. 13 miles). Got hailed on, starting just as I left the summit. I was dismayed to see that the CMC register, scarcely a month old, was in bad condition, with many pages torn and tattered. Lots of ladybugs, but no one else on the summit that day. I figure this is climb number 13 for me.
Posted Aug 6, 2005 6:30 pm

cftbqRoute Climbed: Cheyenne Cañon, St. Marys Falls, east slopes Date Climbed: 14 July 2005  Sucess!

cftbq

With 14ers still eluding me, I decided to celebrate Bastille Day with another run up Mt. Rosa. Temperature down in Colo. Spgs. hit 90, so it must have been at least 70 when I got to the summit just after noon (6:40 start). There is now an official CMC register on the summit, with the first entry dated 19 June. A gorgeous, clear day, but my camera malfunctioned, so there are no pictures to post.
Posted Jul 14, 2005 8:23 pm

cftbqRoute Climbed: Cheyenne Cañon, St. Mary's Falls Date Climbed: 20 May, 2005  Sucess!

cftbq

This was my 8th (at least) climb of Rosa, a run/hike/posthole trek starting from my home, about one-half mile below the confluence of North and South Cheyenne Creeks. I have previously started from the parking lot at the Gold Camp Road closure, and this longer route was a new thrill. One-way distance is around 11 miles, with something over 5300 feet elevation gain. (You give up a little elevation on the Columbine Trail in North Cheyenne Cañon Park.) Time up (with some rest periods): 5 hrs., 35 min.

There was still snow on Rosa's north slopes, and I lost and regained the trail more than once, but it was a glorious sunny day with no wind and temperature which I estimate at about 70 degrees at the top. Didn't see anyone else anywhere near the summit (so I had to take my own picture--darn!).

I ran all the way back, too! Total time: about 9 and one-half hours, just over 8 hours moving. 90 degrees at the bottom; what a glorious spring day!
Posted May 25, 2005 7:07 pm

mmoerkRoute Climbed: Frosty Park Date Climbed: 16 January 2005  Sucess!

mmoerk

This is a great winter hike! Bailey & I were breaking trail in snow that in places was knee-deep and higher. Bring snowshoes if you do this climb in the winter!
Posted Jan 16, 2005 11:50 pm

NatashaRoute Climbed: Frosty Park Date Climbed: January 2, 2005  Sucess!

Natasha

Wonderful sunset hike! Definitely needed snowshoes, unles postholing is your desire. Having some waypoints marked helped as the trail wasn't always easy to find with the snow up there.
Posted Jan 3, 2005 3:31 pm

csmcgranahanRoute Climbed: Frosty's Park Date Climbed: 12/12/04  Sucess!

csmcgranahan

Great hike in moderate snow! The only difficult park of the hike was route finding for the last 400' vertical feet due to over a foot of crusty snow hiding the route.
Posted Dec 12, 2004 11:27 pm

csmcgranahanRoute Climbed: Frosty Park Trailhead Date Climbed: October 9, 2004  Sucess!

csmcgranahan

Summited with my wife Julie. Beautiful day with hardly a cloud in the sky. Unrestricted views in all directions. We only saw a handful of people on the trail and were on the summit for at least a half hour all by ourself.
Posted Oct 31, 2004 10:34 am

archimedes_vijayRoute Climbed: Mount Rosa Date Climbed: Oct 23, 2004  Sucess!
It was a great hike. I made sure I signed in the LOG at the summit. Good Incline. The view was great from the peak. One side of the mountain was Colorado Springs and the others were all mountains. I felt I could see up to Denver if the sky was clear. The trail was slippery due to MOTOR Bikes and Bikes on the route.
Posted Oct 25, 2004 12:34 pm

shanrickvRoute Climbed: Nelson Trail from Frosty Park Date Climbed: September 28, 2004  Sucess!

shanrickv

Great hike up! I had the mountain all to myself. I was above the clouds that were covering Colorado Springs and had great views of Mt. Baldy, Mt. Almagre, Pikes and Cameron Cone. This is a great short climb that more than delivers bang for your buck with spectacular views. I love living in Colorado Springs!
Posted Sep 28, 2004 10:15 pm

mmoerkRoute Climbed: Frosty Park Date Climbed: July 5, 2004  Sucess!

mmoerk

Decided to climb Mt. Rosa and watch the sunset. Upon reaching the summit, though, I didn't like the look of the clouds several miles out, so I went straight down. Got rained on a little bit but no lightning in the vicinity.



This is a cool hike -- the views from the ridge and the summit are great. While driving home I thought to myself how lucky I am to live in Colorado Springs :-).
Posted Jul 5, 2004 11:57 pm

InFocusRoute Climbed: Frosty Park to Nelson's Trail Date Climbed: June 6, 2004  Sucess!

InFocus

This is the perfect front range hike. I havn't been up any other mountain that offers such a breathtaking and varied 360 degree view. To the east are the plains. Northeast is Colorado Springs. N orth is Pikes Peak. Northwest is Almagre. The view to the west and south are the Sangre de Cristos in the distance, and southeast is Cheyenne Mountain. For a fairly moderate hike you can't get better than this. Don't forget to sign the log at the top.
Posted Jun 10, 2004 10:58 pm

ashumackRoute Climbed: Frostys Park Date Climbed: June 6, 2004  Sucess!

ashumack

Beautiful morning for a nice hike. Reached the top just before the thunderstorms did. Had time to browse around and take some pictures before having to rush back down. Didn't see anyone else on the trail.
Posted Jun 8, 2004 2:27 am

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