According to local legend, early settlers were undecided on whether to call the mountain "Thor" or "Odin", so Thorodin became the compromise name. Not much remains on the mountain from early days, but there is an old shack in a small meadow near the summit. Occasionally, hikers will find traces of old trails or logging roads. There is a Thorodin webcam that works sometimes. It is located at: LazyZ.org. Thorodin is also the site for a 145.310 MHZ repeater station, located near the summit.
Close nearby, to the north, is 10,511 foot Starr Peak, where a fire lookout tower was built in 1941. That tower was removed from service in 1976. Tremont Mountain, at 10,388 feet, is just to the south in Golden Gate Canyon State Park. The trail up Tremont to Panorama Point provides some great views of Thorodin to the northeast.
Plants and Wildlife
Larger wildlife often seen in these forests include mule deer, elk, black bears, mountain lions, and coyotes. Common smaller animals include bobcats, raccoons, striped skunks, porcupines, snowshoe hare, cottontail rabbits, muskrats, squirrels, and red fox. Birds commonly seen include Blue Grouse, Ptarmigan, Golden Eagles, Bald Eagles, Stellar's Jay, Gray Jays, Mountain Chickadees, Rosy Finches, Turkey Vultures, Mountain Bluebirds, Ravens, Common Nighthawks, American Kestrel, and Red Tailed hawks.
Getting There & Route Options
While there are several routes to Golden Gate Canyon State Park, the best may be from highway 119. From the Denver area, you can travel west on highway 6, until you get to the 119 turnoff. About 11 miles further on 119, you will come to Gap Road. Turn right and follow Gap Road to the Reverends Ridge area. The shortest distance from Gap Road to the summit would be from somewhere near midway between Mountain Base Road and Aspen Meadows Campground Road. When you find a suitable place to park in that area, you can begin your hike.
It is highly advisable to get a good topo map and a compass or GPS to plan your ascent to the summit. The USGS Tungsten Quadrangle Map is a great asset. You can get one from the Boulder Ranger District, which manages this part of the national forest.
If you ascend from the south, aiming for just behind the buttresses, you will be just up from a draw in a thinly-forested area. If you keep to your bearings, it should not take too long to reach the summit. The view from the top is great, and all the rock on the west sides of the buttresses offer great potential for more fun.
To view an excellent route option, be sure to check out the Route Page attached to this page.
Red TapeYou will need either a daily ($7) or annual ($70)pass at Golden Gate Canyon State Park. Check out the park website for more information:
Golden Gate Canyon State Park
When To ClimbThis summit can be accessed any time of the year. So your greatest concerns will probably be weather. Summer lightning and winter blizzards are good causes to stay home and go another time. For the latest weather for the Thorodin area, click here:
Golden Gate State Park Weather
Camping Resources and Information Links
Golden Gate Canyon State Park (303) 582-3707
Roosevelt National Forest Campgrounds
Boulder Ranger District Office (303) 541-2500