Nice, easy hike up from Frosty's Park. Outstanding views!
16 mile circuit w/ CMC
It's a shame we have to wade through garbage, motor oil, 4x4 parts and torn-up meadow to get there, but once on the trail proper, this is a lovely and rewarding hike. Everytime I'm in Frosty Park I see a truck stuck up to the axels in snow or mud or a combination of the two. At that point I ponder the cognitive process leading one to get one's vehicle in that state. Anyhow...
What a lovely mountain providing just amazing views including my beloved Sangres.
Summit partners: Husband Tom and dogs Lady, Bing & Lela.
With the prospect of a hiking partner, and a very nice weather forecast, I prepared to hit the trail before sunrise. My partner had his work schedule changed, and couldn't come, but I decided to go with the beautiful, sunny day on my own. It took an appalling 4:30 to reach the top (and just under 3 hours down), due to postholing near the top, but this makes my first December ascent of Rosa, and my 18th overall. Jim Davies, I'm trying my best to catch up with you! Amazingly, didn't see a single other person all day until I got back to with one-half mile of the TH.
Celebrated Armistice Day with my 17th climb of Rosa, and my first in November. Took St. Marys Falls route, 13 miles RT. Cold and clear, quite windy at the top. Dynamite views. On the way down, popped over to the lower northern summit (about 11,000), which I've decided to call "Rosita." 2:52 up,2:28 down.
This was my first April ascent of Mt. Rosa, the second this year, and number 16 overall. With a clear, sunny day forecast, at least for the morning, I did it the long way, as a 22-mile run from my home in Cheyenne Cañon. I set out at 4:30 am and, despite feeling slow and tired at first, summitted at 9:10. Just before 1:00, I got back with a total elapsed time of 8 hours, 28 minutes, which is fully 45 minutes less than my previous best. Since, as far as I know (correct me if I’m wrong!), I’m the only person in the world who has ever done this route, that makes this the new world record!
With the forecast for the next weekend looking worse than this one, I decided to take the last weekend in March and advance my goal of climbing Mt. Rosa in every calendar month. I didn’t want to devote the entire day to it (and, yeah, maybe I was sandbagging it just a _little_ bit…), so I drove up to the Gold Camp Road closure parking lot, for the middle distance climb: 13 miles, 4,000 ft.
I started at 7:26 am, the sun already well up. (See, that’s what I mean: I didn’t even get up until 6, when I should really have been underway if I wanted to make the 22-mile circuit from the house.) I knew that had to be at least some snow near the top, so I packed gaiters. It only took an hour and 21 minutes to reach the beginning of more-or-less constant snow cover, at about 9,400 feet. That’s where I stopped briefly and donned the gaiters; so far, so good.
The forecast for a mix of clouds and sun held up, with the first little periods of cloud cover—accompanied by a little actual snow fall—starting just about 10,000 ft, on the approach to the saddle. No big deal, and I was fine in three shirts and a windbreaker. Once on the ridge, the wind picked up noticeably, and that’s where I finally pulled up my hood and put the nylon shells over my mittens.
The last leg of the trail was invisible under snow, although at first it was only a few inches deep. It was made even less of a problem by some kind, intrepid soul who had previously blazed a clear track of prints all the way to the summit. It quickly became clear that this track path was significantly off the actual trail most of the time, and especially nearer the top, basically sticking close to the ridge crest instead of going back and forth, but, as it was both visible and nicely packed, I quickly decided to follow it. It was steep for a couple of short pitches, but really very useful. The result was that I only sank in above my ankles a couple of times in the whole climb, and I clambered onto the summit block from the north side, instead of following the spiral of the trail around to the south side, for the very first time.
It was windy on the top, which made the job of opening the register canister and signing (what’s left of) the register slow and clumsy, but I managed. It had taken me 3 hours and 21 minutes to reach the summit, compared with 2:45 on a good summer day. Still, I wasn’t worn out, and that worked out to an average of 1,200 ft. per hour, so I wasn’t too dissatisfied.
There was no one else on or near the summit and, in fact, I didn’t see anyone else until I got back to the top of St. Marys Falls, after noon. I may not have set any speed records, but this makes climb number 15 of Rosa, and month number seven.
A bit chilly with lots of snow drifts. Visibility wasn't very good but there were still some great views.
A few friends and I have been trying Mt Rosa for several months, but whenever our schedules were open, the weather seemed to turn for the worse. Ironically, last weekend, when the weather was PERFECT and we planned a trip, I HAD TO WORK!! ARGH! Anyway, so we decided to push through the snow and go for the summit today since the weather would turn bad tomorrow. Gold Camp Road was closed, so we had to take the longer Old Stage Road, which made for good views of the mountains. Eventually, we made it to 379, but the vehicle's clearance didn't make it over the frozen creek. So, we hiked up to Frosty Park to what we thought was the trailhead (whatever signs WERE there were shot to bits). It was a good hike save for the snow, and the snow was light enough to plow through. Two of the five of us had tennis shoes on and made it OK. We lost the trail a couple of times in the snow, but from the Frosty Park printout, we knew we had to make the summit ridge, which we did without too many problems. From there, it was just bushwacking to the summit, which we noticed it was BITTERLY cold (about 15 degrees).
All in all, it wasn't the greatest day for climbing Mount Rosa, but we had fun. The helicopter from (we assumed) Fort Carson that circled the area practically all day kept us company, and we got some great pictures! A great hike for those that are wanting to get away from the traffic.
Oh, yeah, I almost forgot. The summit log is in very poor condition and needs replacing. So, in the gloveless bitter cold I signed it "03/11/06 Dan Smith & friends" as I couldn't muster the energy to sign everyone's names.
While most of the Front Range has no shortage of snow, this seems to be a very light year for Pikes and its surroundings. Erin and I hiked in from Gold Camp Road. We never needed our snowshoes (compare to last year's summit logs). Heck, we didn't even don our gaiters! Little to no wind to speak of and warm (50+ degrees) temps meant that I didn't need to add a jacket to my t-shirt until we reached the ridge. A delightful New Year's Eve hike!
Another "all the way'' run/hike/climb from Cheyenne Cañon. 22 miles, 5500 ft. 9 hours, 36 minutes round trip, minus at least 20 minutes (est.) I spend talking with two women who reached the summit right on my heels. One was actually named Rose (!) and the other was making her first climb of Rosa. They started from the Gold Camp Road parking lot. A gorgeous sunny day, and once again, no pictures--my camera's batteries had run down! The snowy Sanges seemed to float in the distance...
Hey, come on--doesn't anybody else do anything but the short route from Frosty Park??
Great hike and a beautiful day. Entries below very accurate, i.e. the 1.5 mile drive up 379 is serious 4WD only. The parking area has a couple of forest service markers knocked over and no trailhead marking, just look for the clearing at 1.4 miles on your odometer. If walking it's the first big parking area on the right after the road opens up to a meadow. Someone definitely needs to replace the summit log, sad to see it in such bad shape. Great hike!
With 379 being too much for our 2WD Saturn, we parked in the big pulloff on gold camp. Hiking up 379 was not very interesting - it mostly made us mad seeing what ATV's, dirt bikes, alcohol, and guns can do to a perfectly decent road. The trail was also in sad shape, with tons of erosion and loose rocks. The entire route is in need of a clean-up. At the saddle, someone made a log gate marking the turn-off to the summit. There were very few cairns as mentioned in the description. We summited at 12:15pm and had it to ourselves. Great views in all directions. Aspens were close to peak color change, especially around the reservoir. There were many lady bugs at the summit.
I would recommend this route, but the trail surface can use a lot of work.
1hr 45min up (not going fast). 1 hour back to car.
Very nice hike. The peak is a cone, so you really fel like you are on top of a mountain.
4 hrs., 24 min. round trip from the Gold Camp Road parking lot trailhead (approx. 13 miles). Got hailed on, starting just as I left the summit. I was dismayed to see that the CMC register, scarcely a month old, was in bad condition, with many pages torn and tattered. Lots of ladybugs, but no one else on the summit that day. I figure this is climb number 13 for me.
With 14ers still eluding me, I decided to celebrate Bastille Day with another run up Mt. Rosa. Temperature down in Colo. Spgs. hit 90, so it must have been at least 70 when I got to the summit just after noon (6:40 start). There is now an official CMC register on the summit, with the first entry dated 19 June. A gorgeous, clear day, but my camera malfunctioned, so there are no pictures to post.
This was my 8th (at least) climb of Rosa, a run/hike/posthole trek starting from my home, about one-half mile below the confluence of North and South Cheyenne Creeks. I have previously started from the parking lot at the Gold Camp Road closure, and this longer route was a new thrill. One-way distance is around 11 miles, with something over 5300 feet elevation gain. (You give up a little elevation on the Columbine Trail in North Cheyenne Cañon Park.) Time up (with some rest periods): 5 hrs., 35 min.
There was still snow on Rosa's north slopes, and I lost and regained the trail more than once, but it was a glorious sunny day with no wind and temperature which I estimate at about 70 degrees at the top. Didn't see anyone else anywhere near the summit (so I had to take my own picture--darn!).
I ran all the way back, too! Total time: about 9 and one-half hours, just over 8 hours moving. 90 degrees at the bottom; what a glorious spring day!
This is a great winter hike! Bailey & I were breaking trail in snow that in places was knee-deep and higher. Bring snowshoes if you do this climb in the winter!
Wonderful sunset hike! Definitely needed snowshoes, unles postholing is your desire. Having some waypoints marked helped as the trail wasn't always easy to find with the snow up there.
Great hike in moderate snow! The only difficult park of the hike was route finding for the last 400' vertical feet due to over a foot of crusty snow hiding the route.