At the summit
This is a super-short and pleasantly simple outing, ideal when time is short or when good weather is in limited supply. While the views may not astound, the south-facing slopes provide for a neat diversity in plant life, including Ponderosa Pine, Mountain Mahogany, Yucca & various grasses. This is route is a good choice for beginner navigators as the entire route is visible (the south-facing slope means sparse timber) and the good visibility would be forgiving to navigational errors.
Net Elevation Gain:
Looking back down the southeast ridge Approaching the summit
From Hwy 24 in Lake George
• Drive north on Park County Rd. 77 for about 11.5 miles.
• Turn left on FS 214 and park soon after in an open area to your right in the dirt.
• From the rustic parking are just west of Hwy 77, follow FS 214 west for about ½ mile to the base of the Southeast Ridge. Note the camping area and summer parking area at the toe of the ridge.
• Ascend the ridge, heading northwest, gaining almost 700 vertical feet in about ½ mile to the summit.
• Once the climb relents, continue heading north along the summit plateau to the rocky outcrop containing the summit jar.
• Trail map (Trails Illustrated #137 (Pikes Peak, Cañon City) would meet most needs)
• Comfortable hiking boots or walking shoes
• Snowshoes after a heavy snowfall
• Water and snacks
• A camera to save memories of the high country views
• First aid kit
• Other standard backcountry essentials
Yucca, Mountain Mahogany, Ponderosa Pine