Very plesant day hike. Lots of fun rocks to climb around on at the top.
Had a beautiful day with great views on top. The snow was for the most part gone except in places along the trail where it was banked.
Two weeks later, I was back up there in a snowstorm with several inches of snow and zero view from the top.
The last .8 miles was a great cardio workout... & it was well worth it! There were some awesome close up views of Longs Peak from the summit!
Fun and rewarding short workout. The trail is snow free. With binos I could see a lone climber descending the Loft route on Longs.
Kinda fun. Snow had recently melted of of trail.
I climbed the cone with my wild brother Alex to ring in the new year with style. The hike began as a fun family outing through the snow, but our parents weren't up for the quick, steep scramble to the summit from Storm Pass. Nonetheless, the hike through the woods and past Eugenia Mine was a beautiful, peaceful hike that made for a great afternoon.
This climb was a great way to break in the new year! I summited with my wild man brother Dylan, and quickly went back down to avoid being blown off to the slopes of Longs Peak! It was also nice for the trail was packed well, and easy to follow because of other hikers tracks. Also, scrambling at the top was a blast, and so was the amazing view.
First hike over 7,500 feet in several years. Climbed with best friend Jason Moore. We are trying to get back into good shape for winter snowshoeing and some more fourteeners next season. One the way up, I had a protracted territorial discussion with a spruce squirrel (Tamiasciurus fremonti) on the way to Moore Park (he won the argument, I must say, by default), and a short encounter near the summit with a very friendly Colorado chipmunk (Eutamias quadrivittatus) who came right up to my feet looking expectantly, no doubt, for trail mix. When I told him I was not going to contribute to any future health problems he might suffer from such a handout, he took off for more promising territory. Encountered many other fellow hikers along the way, including SP members Georg and Betsy, and their friends from Boulder. Saturday, the sky was that deep indigo blue of the Tuareg, punctuated with the hanging silver crescent of a waning Moon, another of those spectacular hiking days that Colorado can boast of so many! Weather: Severe Clear!
I conquered this beast along with my friend shack001
despite it's steepness. The view of the Mount Meeker-Long's Peak cirque was awesome. Ran into some fellow Vermonters on the descent as well as Georg and Betsy, both encounters were quite unexpected!
Had a beautiful hike to Estes Cone today. Great views of Meeker and Longs Peak
Fun hike with my dad and a great view!
A great alternative if the legs are too tired to do Longs. Its easy to lose the route coming down. If you do, just keep yourself facing longs, angle toward storm peak and you'll run back in to the trail. Some good, small rock faces up at the summit. Would be good for learning rock climbing.
This was my first hike up a Rocky Mountain summit on my first day there. It was quite an amazing mountain for my first one and I'll never forget it. I reached the summit just at sunset and the views were wonderful to Longs Peak and over to Chapin, Chiquita, and Ypsilon. I loved it and will definately be going back! What a beautiful mountain!
Nice hike, with great views . Sat on the summit with some hamsters( or squirrells or something?).
Hiked again 2/17/05, broke trail with snowshoes. Welcome temps, as it was 5 degrees in lafayette area and 15 degrees or so warmer in the mountains.
Took a friend from Indiana up this as a nice casual day climb. Weather was incredibly warm, did the entire hike in shorts and a polypro shirt and wind vest. Trail was pretty easy to follow.
We spent a calm, bluebird morning shoeing up Estes Cone. Conditions were especially brilliant considering the 112 mph winds recorded at Niwot Ridge just a day before. We were the first to break trail following the week's storms, but this is an easy task when there's layer after layer of icy, broken trail beneath a few new inches of snow -- like walking on a sidewalk! Summit views of Longs and Meeker were astounding, but I think the best sight of the day was watching clouds pouring over the Continental Divide, spilling into Tyndall Gorge and Chaos Canyon, obscuring but highlighting Otis and Hallett Peaks. A trip report is available here.
Took my visiting cousin (from OH) to RMNP to summit his first mountain. He made it although he was noticably less energetic towards the top. We had lots of fun scrabling around on the summit rocks.
Very windy out there today!
I did this as a snowshoe with the Colorado Mountain Club. The snow thinned out for the last 300 feet (or so) to the summit, so we had to remove our 'shoes. It was an overcast day, but we still had great views of the Twin Sisters and Longs Peak. A few days later, we got hit with a massive snowstorm (The Blizzard of 2003) down in Denver.
After somehow failing to recognize and reach the summit four years ago, my friend Jeremy and I finally reached the top of Estes Cone. It provides superb views of Longs, which I climbed one year prior to the day, Meeker, and Twin Sisters. The summit log was full, but I squeezed my name to say I had made it!
I have wanted to climb Estes Cone for a number of years and finally got there this weekend. Awesome views of Longs and Meeker! We celebrated the summer solstice at the top by balancing some eggs.
:-) A great hike through the forest and some fun rock scrambling at the top.