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.
07/15 w/Cory Martin
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.
Fun scamper up some rock at the summit, watching the storms roll in, chomping' on pringles...
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)
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.
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.
Solo from Storm Lake.
From Storm Pass it only took us 30 to the top. Great views of Longs and Estes Park
Lovely climb with the parents!
Fun hike, and not too busy for RMNP. http://www.coloradoascents.blogspot.com/2014/06/rocky-mountain-national-park-estes-cone.html
Snowshoed up most of the trail then did the fun scramble near the end.
Great option for winter summit.
Great hike to take visiting friends/family.
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.
by horse maybe?
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.
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)
Surprising amount of snow for the area. Postholed quite a ways, but nice views from the top made it worth it.
The power went out at work so what do I do...drive out to longs peak TH, throw on my gym clothes, and run up the cone.