Colorado Mines Peak Climber's Log

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miztflip

miztflip - Jul 13, 2005 5:09 pm

Route Climbed: Fall River TH Date Climbed: 13 July 2005  Sucess!

After my wife, Katie, and I had hiked Bancroft, Parry and Eva, she descended the Chinn's Lake basin back to Fall River and I continued on to Flora. Great summit with no one to be seen. I also climbed Witter on the way back to the TH.

bigwilly

bigwilly - Mar 17, 2005 9:58 pm

Route Climbed: Mount Flora from Berthoud Pass Date Climbed: August 2002  Sucess!

Climbed Flora as the first peak in a long shuttle from Berthoud to Rollins Pass.

chef007

chef007 - Feb 10, 2005 12:41 pm

Route Climbed: Witter-Flora traverse Date Climbed: October 26 2003  Sucess!

Nice peak after a good climb up witter. Had a little land slide issue when decending down the skree field down to Ethel lake. My first time seeing those white game birds (still cant remember the name). Got really close to some big horn sheep.

ColoradoScott

ColoradoScott - Feb 9, 2005 4:27 pm

Route Climbed: Mt. Flora's Southwest Ridge from Berthoud Pass Date Climbed: May 23, 1987  Sucess!

The divide socked in as we rushed from the summit. We were pelted with corn-snow and rushed back below the ridge on the western slopes, through some snowfields, to avoid the lightning potential on top of the ridge.

miztflip

miztflip - Nov 27, 2004 1:58 pm

Route Climbed: Southeast Ridge from Berthoud Date Climbed: November 27, 2004  Sucess!

My wife and I decided to drive up and see how the conditions looked. It turned out to be a great hike to the summit of Colorado Mines on awesome snow. The views were limited to almost nothing and we decided to forgo Flora until another day. Winds were high and cold.

belexes

belexes - Jun 26, 2004 7:49 am

Route Climbed: Berthoud Pass Date Climbed: June 25, 2004  Sucess!

I climbed Mt Flora first, then bagged Mines on the way back to the pass. The weather looked a little threatening, but all we got were a few scads of fluffy hail.

I am still not sure I reached the true summit of Flora. I went as far as the summit where the trail descends towards Breckenridge Peak. This summit is shown as Mt Flora on the maps (unless I'm reading it wrong), but there is a point on the ridge to the northeast that definitely looks higher. I wanted to go over that way, just in case, but the weather didn't look very good.

bdewoody

bdewoody - Jun 13, 2004 6:32 pm

Route Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: June, 12, 2004  Sucess!

The first in a series of peaks for the day. Provided great views of the Continental Divide.

mtnhiker13

mtnhiker13 - Apr 1, 2004 5:52 pm

Route Climbed: Mt Flora from Berthoud Pass Date Climbed: Fall 2002  Sucess!

very nice alpine ridge walk - great to do probably any time of year depending on your tolerance for wind and cold.

Scott

Scott - Mar 31, 2004 12:08 pm Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2003

Colorado Mines  Sucess!

October 8 2015

On the way back from taking a test in Denver, I made a quick run up Colorado Mines Peak. It was a beautiful day and warm for the time of year. I only had to walk through a little snow.

December 4 2009:

Today I climbed Colorado Mines Peak alone. I was hoping to climb Flora as well, but didn’t make it.

It was “pleasantly chilly” below timberline and it wasn’t that cold when climbing, but above timberline, it was very windy. By the time I was above 12,000 feet the wind was screaming across the Continental Divide. I found out that my new winter pants aren’t as warm as my other ones and it was pretty chilly. I estimated the wind was at 30-50 mph on the upper slopes, but some gust could have been higher.

I struggled to the summit, but once on the summit, I didn’t stay long. I recorded the temperature at -4F, which would put the windchill at -37F (-61F on the old windchill chart!). Unfortunately, I went to adjust my goggles and accidentally loosened my hat which the wind quickly stole and sent it flying towards Denver, Kansas or wherever. I long gave up the thought of climbing Flora so I took some photos from the summit of Colorado Mines Peak and headed back down.

August 3 2003:

With wife and 14.5 month old son. Son and wife stayed at Colorado Mines Peak while I quickly went up to Flora.

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