A very cold day this early in the season. I brought a Camelbak and my water was frozen almost immediately. 20s on the summit with 30ish mph wind gusts. Fun hike nonetheless and didn't see another soul all day (if you don't count a few offroaders that is :).
Hiked with Falcon Curves hiking group. We all summited. 8 members youngest was 53 oldest 73. We came up from Frosty's park. The 4 WD road was very rocky. Beautiful weather. Trail is slick were motor bikes have smoothed down dirt and scratched rocks. Motor bikes are rutting sections of trail.
To the south ridge.
The drive to frosty's park is pretty bad in January but was a highlight. Most would say that this is an easy hike, due to the lack of steep mixed snow, rock and ice. But that is what makes it tougher, say moderate. The lack of rocks knee to waist deep snow and relatively steep grade make the trail tough to negotiate. The summit push flows though some great trees and rocks, the view is 360 degrees of the pikes region. The Western view has lines of snow peaked mountains...
Climbed a couple of times, from Helen hunt falls.
On her third attempt, my wife finally summited on a gorgeous, clear, rather solitary day. Yay Nicci!!!!
Just some suggestions I wrote to the page's author about: The trail is clearly marked, but I saw nothing about "Nelson's Trail". The clearing on the right is bordered by a fenced off area and there is an old beat-up sign that says "Captain Jacks Multi-Use Trail System". The trail number for Mount Rosa is #672 (the one on the right, going uphill). Then at the first summit the trail #673 to the right is the trail to take all the way to the top of Mount Rosa. After we summited we in the clouds most of the time, but every once in a a while there would be a clearing for beautiful views of the Penrose-Rosemont Reservoir and Pike's Peak.
Frosty's Park. Heard dirtbikes ahead of us on the 672 trail and witnessed fresh bike tracks as well, sad.
Felt like the drive in was longer than the actual hike! Nice views from the top!
Fun little hike that gets the heart pumping. Great views from the top and relatively unpopulated in spite of its close location to the Springs. Can't say enough good things about this gem of a hike.
I hiked Rosa from Frosty's Park. The trail was easy to find, then I bushwacked to the summit. The views were great!
I thought this was a pleasant hike up a mountain with great 360 degree views of the Pikes Peak region. There is a lot of relief when you look down at the plains at 6000 feet.
Finally! I've now climbed Rosa in every calendar month. I found amazingly little snow, and a good snowshoe-packed track up the final climb to the summit. 3:20 up, 2:42 down, from Gold Camp Road TH.
Climb #20 of this peak. Had the summit (and 90% of the route) all to myself on a beautiful fall day.
Climbed with wife Julie and son Ian (2 years old - in carrier on steep parts) along with two friends. Beautiful day for November.
didn't really find the scenary overwhelming, but a good hike.
Nice hike. We got to 379 a little after 9am, and around the time we got to the trailhead for Rosa, it started to snow/sleet in spurts. Luckily it quit once we got a little farther up the trail. The cairns were pretty easy to find up in the clearing, and the trail was easy to follow, though there is still just a little snow across the path (though it's easy to hike around). The view from the summit was gorgeous, especially since the sun had made it out by that point. We made it back down around 1pm, just before it started to get overcast and gross again. So I guess we won out with the weather (relatively). Overall great hike.
Climb #19. Lots of postholing through fresh snow above 10,000 ft. made for a long day. But the weather was beautiful, I had the summit to myself, and added another calendar month to my Rosa history.
good day hike
The trail from gold camp to the top of the waterfall was pretty dry. Shortly after that, we hit a couple inches of snow and saw no other tracks than that of an animal. We pushed on untill the fenced section separating frosty park from the trail. From here the snow got deeper and soon we ran into some truck tracks in the snow. We followed these tracks all the way to the face of Rosa where they still went up the mountain quite a bit. All the way up to where it just seemed too stupid to be with a vehicle. The trail vanished in the snow and we pretty much just headed straight in hopes of hitting the summit. Thoughout the entire day, the only people we saw were people down on gold camp. Finally we made it and it was well worth the hike and forging our path through the snow.