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.
This was my first Summit. Beautiful Views of Long and Meeker, and a lot of fun!
This was a great hike for a novice. The first 2 miles offer some great wilderness scenery and had a runoff stream that exemplified the Colorado mountain experience. The last 1/2 mile was a bit of a challenge for me (I am a bit out of shape), but the views of Long's and Meeker were worth every ounce of effort I put in.
The weather was absolutely gorgeous! I took my two young children and wife. Two co-workers also came along.
There was quite a bit of snow on the trail, especially above 9500 feet. I should've brought snow-shoes for my seven-year-old -- the postholing really slowed him down, and at 10,200 feet we decided to turn around.
Nonetheless we had a great time hanging out in the hills. We encountered a group from CMC who were taking a map/compass test. Hope you all did well!
Photos are at http://www.masoner.net/photos/estescone/
We decided to do it without snowshoes and we were rewarded with lots of postholes. Nice hike, great view of Long's.
This is a great little mountain. It was a cloudy day below, but the summit was about 200 ft above the clouds. The views of the peaks popping thier summits through the clouds was amazing!
we went up late november of 2002 thinking that we could do a little snowshoeing in the area. to our disappointment we found very little snow and ended up looking for something to do. either my buddy or i had climbed up estes cone so we decided to go on up and check it out. there was a little bit of snow, enough to slap the ole snowshoes on from time to time and get our early season fix in. once we past moore's park the trail disappeared off into the snow, so figuring the only way to summit something is to start climbing straight up, we did a little trail cutting for about 2 miles up the side.... eventually we came across the lily lake trail and followed it way down to the junction where a ton of trails came together at the foot of estes cone, we started climbing. once we got to the top we spent about an hour running around the top trying to stay warm and out of the wind, snapped a few photos, eventually we broke out the hot chocolate and soup to have a little summit top lunch, then headed down. estes cone was a lot of fun, i really dug that hike and look forward to going back someday.
Made the hike with my 50 year old flat lander Dad. He did a great job and we were rewarded with the first windless day in Estes since the beginning of December.
Did it as training with a large pack. Hey, I was only thirteen! Anyway it's a pretty fun hike with friends and there aren't many places better than that area of colorado.
I've hiked Estes Cone a few times. The first time, I got paid! (I was on RMNP trail crew) Always a nice hike with great views of Longs Peak.
Summitted w/ wife. Killer views! Great
day trip in Rocky Mountain National Park
without the high exposure of altitude.
Campground rocks! Will climb again!
Eugenia Mine is a cool resting stop.