Beautiful weather for the solstice, so I took the dogs, Buddy and Molly, up the 7 Bridges trail to the summit. Just the short route from the parking lot; 1:50 RT.
The first warm day with the snow melted off! I finally tackled Kineo from my home in Cheyenne Cañon. Roughly 12 miles RT, up the west ridge and down the east side, roughly 3,400 feet vertical. 2:28 up, 5 min. on top, 2:06 (tired!) down.
The last sunny day before a predicted period of rain and snow, so I ran up the mountain from the Gold Camp Road trailhead with Molly the red shepherd. Hardly saw anybody. One hour and 53 minutes, including five minutes on the top.
Left the Gold Camp Road parking lot TH at 4:15 am and got to the summit at 5:24. A partly cloudy morning with temps in the 50s. Nice, quiet, and had it all to myself.
My second climb of this peak. A beautiful, sunny fall day. Ran most of the way. Time up (from Gold Camp Road 4-way parking lot): 1 hour, 3 min. Time down: 50 min. Considerably better than my time last January. Great views; got some nice pictures.
Great short half-day climb. I did it in the clouds and muck, but still had a good time. The only view from the top was of what csmac likes to call the "Old Man of the West."
I took my wife up this time so she could experience the beautiful Seven Bridges. The cloud ceiling was around 9K', so there were no views from the summit. The snow covered boulders were a little much for my wife on this outing, so she waited about 300 vertical feet below the summit for me. Both times I have been up there, the views have been 50 ft tops, but I knew that going in. Some nice day I will get up there!
Climbed Kineo as part of my local El Paso county named summits project (#38). We took the excellent Seven Bridges trail as noted in the route description here to the western saddle, then it is a short stroll to the summit. On this day, we were in the clouds but I bet there are awesome views of the city on a clear day. Great hike to do in winter.
Great summit! The Seven Bridges trail is always beautiful with Undine Falls as a highlight. The scramble up the west ridge was great with quite a bit of snow. The traverse down the east ridge over Points 8,720 and 8,540 was fun.