Personally, this is my least favorite climb out of all the peaks surrounding Coal Creek Canyon. After parking at the large turn-out immediately past La Duwaik Estates, I ascended directly up the gully on the southeast face for a few minutes. Then I made my way up to the prominent ridge to the left. I stayed on the top of the ridge the entire way up, and this involved class 4 and lower 5th class scrambling. The ascent had nice views and was fun in places, but it was very taxing (this was a hot summer day). The ridge leads to the lower south summit. This summit had the best views because there weren't any trees obstructing the view. Even though I continued north up the crescent ridge-top to the true summit, I wish I wouldn't have. It was extremely rough going, even more so than the ridge ascent due to thick undergrowth. My day was going OK until I started on the descent. I backtracked south from the true summit to the middle summit, and descended straight down the gully. I realized my horrible mistake after it was too late to climb back up. This was the most miserable, loose, scree and talus-filled gully I have ever descended. After 2 hours of agonizing descent, my legs started trembling because of the constant strain of balancing on softball-sized (and up to mini-fridge sized) rocks. It took me a little less than two hours to get up Crescent Mountain, but it took me almost 3 hours to descend. So whatever you do, DO NOT descend any of the gullies on the east-southeast face. You are much better off sticking to the ridge tops, although they are more technical.
My nickname for this mountain is "Hell Mountain" because of this experience. I will not climb the southeast face again, however, I'm planning on climbing neighboring Coal Creek Peak and making the traverse to Crescent this summer. Coal Creek Peak is a much better mountain IMO.
Using variations of the route somewhat described from the SE, it is intermittent class 3/4 terrain, perhaps harder if you like, with many options. Amazing how consistently climbable the gendarmes are, and most offer a nice exit. Descent sucked. The second time I did this peak, I approached from due south, probably on a few hundred feet of private property. Aim for the poles on the ridge proper. I tried to place cairns as I descended, which can be followed to the final ridge. It'd be more fun to scramble than ascend my descent line, though. The final 1/8 mile ridge is solid class 3/4' with a great setting. No trail at all to speak of. Loose rock but not bad exposure. If I go back, I'd repeat this route over the other.
Traversed over from Coal Creek Peak. Enjoyable ridge scramble, but the "descent gully" really sucked.
Finally. After 7 attempts on 3 separate, challenging east facing ridges, I made it up.
The wife, pup and I left from the church on CO-72, and climbed these three peaks. There were hundreds and hundreds of lady bugs everywhere!
A nice traverse from Coal Creek Peak to Jacks Peak from Hwy 72.
With Carter Benchmark, "Jacks Peak", Scar Top Mountain, Coal Creek Peak & 8140.
Fun but taxing scramble
From Hiway 72 up the south slopes then traversed from Crescent Mountain To Eldorado Mountain then down to our other vehicle at Eldorado Springs.
Cool. Glad you enjoyed it. Was my page of any assistance to you on it?
It sure is steep, good fun! We had to do a similar detour - we didn't feel comfortable free-soloing the 5th class stuff above.
Steep scrambly fun.