After seeing how bare it was was from Rosa a few days earlier, a quick return to hike up Almagre was in order. As the page's author suggests, there are seemingly an unlimited number of ways to climb this peak. My group hiked up the Gould Creek road to Deer Park and then we used FR-379A to get to the reservoir. A keen metal shelter was a nice respite from the steady 40 mph winds (with gusts above 50 mph) and a great place to gear up. We hiked to both the north summit and the south summit, which hosts the communications towers (both are ranked 12ers). As we were making our way toward the north peak, we bumped into 'shknbke'.
Made a second attempt of Almagre and was successful this time as the snow was hard packed on the road. I shaved off a good mile or two by taking an old narrow road from just above Frosty Park. Great views and a very interesting mountain.
WARNING- There a rockslide on 379A one mile from the gate. Please park at the intersection of 379 and 379A until it is cleared. Turning around on the road with my Ford Ranger 4X4 was the scariest thing I've done in a long time. A larger vehicle would have major difficulty turning around. there is a cliff on both sides of the road. Once we did that the hike was great. We saw no one.
I am hoping to bike it next year.
Wife and I summited from the back side of Almagre from just below the gate closure on Forest Road 376. Wonderful views of Pikes Peak and reservoirs.
Mountain offered great views of pikes peak. Had some fun getting airborne on the drive down.
Climbed to the summit with my son JP after a 4W drive of epic proportions up to Stratton Resevoir. The weather was perfect with spectacular views of Pikes, Cameron Cone, Cheyenne Canyon and Mt. Rosa. Could also see the Blanca Group, Crestone Group and much of the Sawatch.
Climbed up Cheyenne Canyon to Stratton Reservoir and then over to the summit. Great views on a nice, clear morning.
I first reached the summit of Almagre on June 12, when I biked up the road, and hiked from the reservoir. Also rode up to the radio towers on July 3.