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ktiffany22The drive was longer  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2009


Felt like the drive in was longer than the actual hike! Nice views from the top!
Posted Jul 3, 2009 6:50 pm

mountainloverCOFrosty Park Std.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2009


Fun little hike that gets the heart pumping. Great views from the top and relatively unpopulated in spite of its close location to the Springs. Can't say enough good things about this gem of a hike.
Posted Jun 21, 2009 7:07 pm

ledavis23First summer hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2009


I hiked Rosa from Frosty's Park. The trail was easy to find, then I bushwacked to the summit. The views were great!
Posted Jun 19, 2009 4:43 pm

kavakFrosty Park Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2000


I thought this was a pleasant hike up a mountain with great 360 degree views of the Pikes Peak region. There is a lot of relief when you look down at the plains at 6000 feet.
Posted May 22, 2009 5:10 pm

cftbqFebruary!!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 7, 2009


Finally! I've now climbed Rosa in every calendar month. I found amazingly little snow, and a good snowshoe-packed track up the final climb to the summit. 3:20 up, 2:42 down, from Gold Camp Road TH.
Posted Feb 7, 2009 2:44 pm

cftbqfrom GCR again  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 28, 2008


Climb #20 of this peak. Had the summit (and 90% of the route) all to myself on a beautiful fall day.
Posted Nov 7, 2008 7:17 pm

csmcgranahanFrom Frosty's Park  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 1, 2008


Climbed with wife Julie and son Ian (2 years old - in carrier on steep parts) along with two friends. Beautiful day for November.
Posted Nov 4, 2008 7:52 pm

Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2008


didn't really find the scenary overwhelming, but a good hike.
Posted Jul 22, 2008 11:02 pm

huelskbcRoute Climbed: 379 to Frosty Park  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2008


Nice hike. We got to 379 a little after 9am, and around the time we got to the trailhead for Rosa, it started to snow/sleet in spurts. Luckily it quit once we got a little farther up the trail. The cairns were pretty easy to find up in the clearing, and the trail was easy to follow, though there is still just a little snow across the path (though it's easy to hike around). The view from the summit was gorgeous, especially since the sun had made it out by that point. We made it back down around 1pm, just before it started to get overcast and gross again. So I guess we won out with the weather (relatively). Overall great hike.
Posted Jun 8, 2008 10:08 pm

cftbqfirst January climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 19, 2008


Climb #19. Lots of postholing through fresh snow above 10,000 ft. made for a long day. But the weather was beautiful, I had the summit to myself, and added another calendar month to my Rosa history.
Posted Jan 21, 2008 6:11 pm

snowhikerRoute: Via Cheyenne Canon  Sucess!


good day hike
Posted Jan 21, 2008 10:45 am

Sheldonto the top, from gold camp.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 3, 2007


The trail from gold camp to the top of the waterfall was pretty dry. Shortly after that, we hit a couple inches of snow and saw no other tracks than that of an animal. We pushed on untill the fenced section separating frosty park from the trail. From here the snow got deeper and soon we ran into some truck tracks in the snow. We followed these tracks all the way to the face of Rosa where they still went up the mountain quite a bit. All the way up to where it just seemed too stupid to be with a vehicle. The trail vanished in the snow and we pretty much just headed straight in hopes of hitting the summit. Thoughout the entire day, the only people we saw were people down on gold camp. Finally we made it and it was well worth the hike and forging our path through the snow.
Posted Dec 5, 2007 3:06 am

GoBigJNot the old Rosa  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2007


From the strip mine on the east side of Mt Rosa I followed a road going up that ended at another mining site. From there a few small carnies marked the way up Mt Rosa. They ran out fast and were hard to see.

I was hoping to find Gen Pikes cave. No luck. By noon I was atop Mt Rosa. It was windy but not a cloud in the sky.

On the way down I met a motor biker near the top. Odd, I thought this was off limits to such travel. The trail on the shoulder is now easy to follow. It’s very worn. At the T- section of 672 the signs and fence that once were their are gone.

The trail down the west side is trashed. Three foot ruts are common at the steep parts the rest is eroding into a U shaped path. Only the level parts are decent.

A fence now blocks the south fork of 672 to Frostys Park. Even the posts spaced for walking through are weird shut. Frostys Park is void of under growth. The camp sites are dirt and more dirt. Not until you cross another fence does the ground resemble forest.

This is my forth summit in two years. Have I loved this mountain too much or not enough?
Posted Nov 10, 2007 8:21 pm

pittbrownieFrosty's Park  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2007


Nice, easy hike up from Frosty's Park. Outstanding views!
Posted Aug 7, 2007 10:23 pm

wlstoneRoute: 7 Bridges/St. Mary's Falls  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 6, 2007


16 mile circuit w/ CMC
Posted Jul 29, 2007 10:02 pm

Sarah SimonFrosty Park - Whole Lotta Rosa  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2007

Sarah Simon

It's a shame we have to wade through garbage, motor oil, 4x4 parts and torn-up meadow to get there, but once on the trail proper, this is a lovely and rewarding hike. Everytime I'm in Frosty Park I see a truck stuck up to the axels in snow or mud or a combination of the two. At that point I ponder the cognitive process leading one to get one's vehicle in that state. Anyhow...

What a lovely mountain providing just amazing views including my beloved Sangres.

Summit partners: Husband Tom and dogs Lady, Bing & Lela.
Posted Jul 1, 2007 8:01 pm

cftbqAnother month  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 9, 2006


With the prospect of a hiking partner, and a very nice weather forecast, I prepared to hit the trail before sunrise. My partner had his work schedule changed, and couldn't come, but I decided to go with the beautiful, sunny day on my own. It took an appalling 4:30 to reach the top (and just under 3 hours down), due to postholing near the top, but this makes my first December ascent of Rosa, and my 18th overall. Jim Davies, I'm trying my best to catch up with you! Amazingly, didn't see a single other person all day until I got back to with one-half mile of the TH.
Posted Dec 9, 2006 11:42 pm

cftbqRosa, Rosita  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 11, 2006


Celebrated Armistice Day with my 17th climb of Rosa, and my first in November. Took St. Marys Falls route, 13 miles RT. Cold and clear, quite windy at the top. Dynamite views. On the way down, popped over to the lower northern summit (about 11,000), which I've decided to call "Rosita." 2:52 up,2:28 down.
Posted Nov 12, 2006 3:38 am

cftbqrecord time  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 23, 2006


This was my first April ascent of Mt. Rosa, the second this year, and number 16 overall. With a clear, sunny day forecast, at least for the morning, I did it the long way, as a 22-mile run from my home in Cheyenne Cañon. I set out at 4:30 am and, despite feeling slow and tired at first, summitted at 9:10. Just before 1:00, I got back with a total elapsed time of 8 hours, 28 minutes, which is fully 45 minutes less than my previous best. Since, as far as I know (correct me if I’m wrong!), I’m the only person in the world who has ever done this route, that makes this the new world record!
Posted Apr 24, 2006 4:30 pm

cftbqclimb number 15  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 26, 2006


With the forecast for the next weekend looking worse than this one, I decided to take the last weekend in March and advance my goal of climbing Mt. Rosa in every calendar month. I didn’t want to devote the entire day to it (and, yeah, maybe I was sandbagging it just a _little_ bit…), so I drove up to the Gold Camp Road closure parking lot, for the middle distance climb: 13 miles, 4,000 ft.

I started at 7:26 am, the sun already well up. (See, that’s what I mean: I didn’t even get up until 6, when I should really have been underway if I wanted to make the 22-mile circuit from the house.) I knew that had to be at least some snow near the top, so I packed gaiters. It only took an hour and 21 minutes to reach the beginning of more-or-less constant snow cover, at about 9,400 feet. That’s where I stopped briefly and donned the gaiters; so far, so good.

The forecast for a mix of clouds and sun held up, with the first little periods of cloud cover—accompanied by a little actual snow fall—starting just about 10,000 ft, on the approach to the saddle. No big deal, and I was fine in three shirts and a windbreaker. Once on the ridge, the wind picked up noticeably, and that’s where I finally pulled up my hood and put the nylon shells over my mittens.

The last leg of the trail was invisible under snow, although at first it was only a few inches deep. It was made even less of a problem by some kind, intrepid soul who had previously blazed a clear track of prints all the way to the summit. It quickly became clear that this track path was significantly off the actual trail most of the time, and especially nearer the top, basically sticking close to the ridge crest instead of going back and forth, but, as it was both visible and nicely packed, I quickly decided to follow it. It was steep for a couple of short pitches, but really very useful. The result was that I only sank in above my ankles a couple of times in the whole climb, and I clambered onto the summit block from the north side, instead of following the spiral of the trail around to the south side, for the very first time.

It was windy on the top, which made the job of opening the register canister and signing (what’s left of) the register slow and clumsy, but I managed. It had taken me 3 hours and 21 minutes to reach the summit, compared with 2:45 on a good summer day. Still, I wasn’t worn out, and that worked out to an average of 1,200 ft. per hour, so I wasn’t too dissatisfied.

There was no one else on or near the summit and, in fact, I didn’t see anyone else until I got back to the top of St. Marys Falls, after noon. I may not have set any speed records, but this makes climb number 15 of Rosa, and month number seven.

Posted Mar 27, 2006 1:39 am

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