This was not an easy trip, be warned. The trail is somewhat difficult to follow and the last 2 miles is basically like the Incline without the railroad ties. Coming down my hiking partner and I lost the trail and ended up bushwacking most of the way down, a very unpleasant experience on such steep terrain. The nice part was that we did not see a single other hiker the entire time.
A friend and I decided to "bag" Cameron Cone after a group of co-workers (including one of us) hiked up PIkes Peak the week prior. While the trail was small, we took printouts of the Englemann Canyon / Southeast Slope and pictures along with us, and they worked like a charm! We were the only ones on the mountain! I just didn't realize that the last 1000-1500 ft before the summit would be so steep! When we were at the crux of the summit, my friend climbed the Class 3 rockband on the north side while I took the easier South and East side. But then the trouble began. We lost the trail quickly coming down and ended up about a mile off target, almost running into houses on Eagle Mountain. After making our way to the Magog and Gog rocks, we lost the trail again. Being beginners, we decided to make our way down the mountain without a trail. Then we got split up. After a few close calls, such as sliding down the pea gravel only to come up quickly on a steep drop, only to have to climb back up. However, we both made it down, but SLOWER than the time up. I've got about a million scratches on me, and my clothes got ripped up. If you're a beginner like us, use EXTREME CAUTION in climbing this mountain, and by all means, find and stay on the trail. If you think Pikes Peak was hard, don't even think about this mountain.
OK...I cheated...I had access to the Cone from the Crystal Park subdivision which lies on a shelf below the cone. A steep jaunt up an old forest service road tied into a well marked trail (ribbons and cairns) until I got within 300 yards of the summit. From there it was a pretty tough scramble up to the summit. Not a bluebird day...more like a grey warbler...but excellent views of the city to the east and Pikes Peak to the west. Signed the log, scurried down hoping to beat the afternoon rain...You can also do this hike from the Barr trailhead but it does add many miles to the trek. If you know someone who lives in Crystal Park it's worth a bribe to have them show you the route from there.
Finally! On my third try. I was turned around by snow and ice last Novemeber on two occasions, so it was very satisfying to stand on top of this rock. This is one tough hill that was harder than most of the Colorado 14ers that I have done. I can see it from my back deck and on my daily drive to work, so now I can stop shaking a fist at her. Bring a topo, compass and preferably a GPS. Route finding is key for this peak, although the trail above Magog and Gog is well marked with colored ribbons and many cairns.
Although not one of the more popular peaks in the front range, Cameron Cone had been calling my name for sometime. It was late Saturday morning when I reached the summit, and there wasn't a cloud for miles. Pikes Peak in all its glory was beginning to feel the breath of Fall, as many of the aspen leaves had changed to gold, and the only sound that could be heard were a few birds chirping here and there. Finally, for anyone looking for amazing views Cameron Cone is a great spot!
As promised, I came back to climb Cameron's Cone again, this time on a gorgeous fall day. Beautiful views! Well worth the effort, and more than likely you'll be the only person climbing the mountain that day (or even that week).
I've been wanting to climb this mountain for some time now. Today was an overcast day with alternating fog and rain. I never even saw the mountain until I was basically on the summit. From the summit I had a great 360-degree view of... clouds. And nothing else. But it was great to make it up the mountain anyway, and I'll head back up on a nice sunny day.