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Southeast Ridge

Page Type: Route

Location: Colorado, United States, North America/South America

Lat/Lon: 39.15300°N / 105.4976°W

Object Title: Southeast Ridge

Route Type: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Time Required: Less than two hours

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Page By: Sarah Simon

Created/Edited: Mar 6, 2010 / Mar 6, 2010

Object ID: 602138

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Overview

 
At the summit
At the summit

This is a super-short and pleasantly simple outing, ideal when time is short or when good weather is in limited supply. While the views may not astound, the south-facing slopes provide for a neat diversity in plant life, including Ponderosa Pine, Mountain Mahogany, Yucca & various grasses. This is route is a good choice for beginner navigators as the entire route is visible (the south-facing slope means sparse timber) and the good visibility would be forgiving to navigational errors.

Roundtrip Distance: 2.5 miles
Net Elevation Gain: 700 feet
YDS Rating: Class 2

Getting There

 
Looking back down the southeast ridge
Looking back down the southeast ridge
 
Approaching the summit
Approaching the summit

From Hwy 24 in Lake George
• Drive north on Park County Rd. 77 for about 11.5 miles.
• Turn left on FS 214 and park soon after in an open area to your right in the dirt.

Route Description

Southeast Ridge Route Map
 

• From the rustic parking are just west of Hwy 77, follow FS 214 west for about ½ mile to the base of the Southeast Ridge. Note the camping area and summer parking area at the toe of the ridge.
• Ascend the ridge, heading northwest, gaining almost 700 vertical feet in about ½ mile to the summit.
• Once the climb relents, continue heading north along the summit plateau to the rocky outcrop containing the summit jar.

Essential Gear

• Trail map (Trails Illustrated #137 (Pikes Peak, Cañon City) would meet most needs)
• Compass
• Comfortable hiking boots or walking shoes
• Snowshoes after a heavy snowfall
• Water and snacks
• A camera to save memories of the high country views
• First aid kit
• Other standard backcountry essentials

Yucca, Mahogany, Pine
Yucca, Mountain Mahogany, Ponderosa Pine


Images

Southeast Ridge Route MapApproaching the summitYucca, Mahogany, PineAt the summitLooking back down the southeast ridgeAscending the southeast ridge