Estes Cone Climber's Log

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BKiser90

BKiser90 - Jul 7, 2018 10:36 pm Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2018

Estes Pre-Storm  Sucess!

Woke up late because we helped some friends move into their home in Colorado Springs on Friday. Arrived at the Longs Peak Trailhead at 10:30ish to find a packed trailhead. Luckily, we found a good spot on the road to the campground. Bagged the peak rather quickly and returned to the car as the sky began to light up and thunder shook the area. Great day in RMNP!

Scott

Scott - Apr 12, 2018 7:12 am Date Climbed: Apr 10, 2018

Estes Cone  Sucess!

After work, I headed for the Longs Peak Trailhead to climb Estes Cone. The snow was fairly firm so I left the snowshoes in the truck. I hurried in order to make the summit just after sunset. Unfortunately, I found out that somehow, I left the headlamp behind, so I would have to do the descent in the dark. It was cloudy so there were no stars or moon.

I made my way down to Moore Park in the dark OK, but lost the route there. I got stuck in waist deep snow, so I decided to head east and down to the highway. I walked down the cabin roads and then the highway and the Longs Peak Road before arriving back at the vehicle. I didn’t get back until almost midnight and I was very tired.

ToTheHeights

ToTheHeights - Feb 13, 2018 8:09 pm

Estes Cone   Sucess!

07/15 w/Cory Martin

technicolorNH

technicolorNH - Aug 27, 2017 12:28 pm Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2017

From Lily Lake  Sucess!

A couple hours to ascend from the lake and ninety minutes back down. My last hike out west on this trip (which was mostly spent in Wyoming). Nice rocky summit.

Walkoutnow

Walkoutnow - Jul 13, 2017 5:26 pm Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2017

Extra day before Longs climb  Sucess!

Fun scamper up some rock at the summit, watching the storms roll in, chomping' on pringles...

danegarreau

danegarreau - Jun 25, 2017 2:43 pm Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2017

Estes Cone  Sucess!

6/3/2017 ----- Estes Cone: Colorado --- 11,006’
Josh Abbott met Scott and I at the Long’s Peak Trailhead and we departed towards Estes Cone at 7:05am. The trails begins in a forest of short pine trees and for the most part is a gentle grade upwards. That’s until you get to near the top of the cone. For a bout the last ¾ of a mile the trail is extremely steep and has really right switchbacks through twisted pines and beach ball sized boulders. Josh was way more in shape than we were, or maybe just fresher, and set the pace for the entire trip.

The best part of the entire hike is the scrambling that is required to climb the final 50 vertical feet to the true summit of Estes Cone. It isn’t exactly climbing, but it’s certainly another level above hiking. Once on top there were the best views of Long’s Peak, Twin Sister’s Peak, and several other mountains in Rocky Mountain National Park, as well as the town of Estes Park itself.

The weather was perfect and luckily there was a little bit of lingering snow on the sides of the trail almost the entire way. According to the altimeter on my phone we summited at 11,030’ at 9:02am.

Fun Fact: After we got done with this hike we wanted a little something else, so we found Ouzel Falls down in the Wild Basin of RMNP. We had to park at the farthest away parking lot so it ended up being a 7.5 mile roundtrip hike, on top of the 6.5 miles we had already hiked, for a grand total of 14 miles today. Pretty sure that this is a PR for one day.
o Begin at 9405’ and summit at 11,006’
o 6.5 miles round trip
o 1800’ of elevation gain (800’ of which are in the last 2/3 of a mile)

belexes

belexes - Dec 3, 2016 11:47 pm Date Climbed: Dec 3, 2016

Estes Cone Trail  Sucess!

With Sarah Maurer and some of her friends. This was my 2nd time on the Cone. It was pretty cold and very windy at the summit, not so bad in the trees. There was some recent snow (maybe last night?) on the trail. Snowshoes not necessary, but microspikes would have helped. We didn't see anyone else going toward the Cone, there weren't even any tracks in the snow. It looked like everyone else was headed up the Longs Peak Trail this day.

svenjo

svenjo - Mar 19, 2015 7:09 pm Date Climbed: Jan 27, 2004

Winter Fun!  Sucess!

We snow-shoe hiked as far as we could, then ditched the snow shoes for the steepest final climb. A great little rocky top with nice views of the valley and Longs Peak.

scvanm

scvanm - Oct 18, 2014 12:09 am Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2014

From Storm Lake  Sucess!

Solo from Storm Lake.

Alex Wood

Alex Wood - Sep 15, 2014 1:48 am Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2014

In Route to Moore Park  Sucess!

From Storm Pass it only took us 30 to the top. Great views of Longs and Estes Park

awhite28

awhite28 - Jul 19, 2014 9:08 pm Date Climbed: Jun 5, 2014

Estes Cone  Sucess!

Lovely climb with the parents!

nickkarl

nickkarl - Jul 5, 2014 9:20 pm Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2014

Standard  Sucess!

Fun hike, and not too busy for RMNP. http://www.coloradoascents.blogspot.com/2014/06/rocky-mountain-national-park-estes-cone.html

rockymountaindiva

rockymountaindiva - Jul 26, 2013 8:02 pm Date Climbed: May 11, 2008

Perfect winter day  Sucess!

Snowshoed up most of the trail then did the fun scramble near the end.

Peakbug

Peakbug - Jul 7, 2013 5:37 pm Date Climbed: Dec 12, 2012

Estes Cone  Sucess!

Great option for winter summit.

jfulcher

jfulcher - May 14, 2013 1:59 pm Date Climbed: May 31, 2011

Fun hill  Sucess!

Great hike to take visiting friends/family.

Bill Reed

Bill Reed - Feb 3, 2013 11:04 am Date Climbed: Feb 2, 2013

From the Longs Peak TH  Sucess!

Struggled with trail conditions on this one. Wind blowing so hard (80ish maybe) that we dared not try to stand on the summit. Tough day for this old dude. May have to go back when conditions are kinder.

awhite28

awhite28 - Dec 25, 2012 1:38 pm

Estes Cone  Sucess!

by horse maybe?

rkymtn

rkymtn - Dec 16, 2012 11:10 pm Date Climbed: Dec 15, 2012

Longs Peak Trailhead  Sucess!

Another nice hike with my wife. The weather was better than forecasted and the trail was fairly snow free. We enjoyed some scrambling around near the summit and good views of Longs when the clouds broke.

scvanm

scvanm - Jul 7, 2012 1:56 pm Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2012

Prep for Longs  Sucess!

Great hike, pretty fun litte scramble at the top. My youngest child's 14th Birthday. Happy Birthday David!!!! Today realized all my kids are in better shape than me. (Scott,CJ,Sarah,Paul David)

DerekFreed

DerekFreed - Mar 30, 2012 3:58 pm Date Climbed: May 5, 2008

Late season snow  Sucess!

Surprising amount of snow for the area. Postholed quite a ways, but nice views from the top made it worth it.

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