Wednesday, November 07, 2007

A rare technical ascent of an area mountain

Most Pikes Peak regional summits are mere crumbling piles, not the last move on McReynolds Peak. If you really, really want to stand on top, it's a 5.9 granite block. Here's a summitpost report on it by a Colorado Springs climber.
Oh, and if you want to try it yourself, he reminds us there are "access issues," i.e. lots of private property at the start. I've never been up there. I've heard good things, though.

5 comments:

Teleken said...

I have hiked the West Fork several times (although not in the past 5 years and twice it was Winter) and never had access troubles. It is nice up there.

Dave Philipps said...

I bet it's a good ski in the winter, no?

Teleken said...

The snow was very shallow when I was up there in Winter, but it was not good years for local snow like last year was. The route I use climbs the steep hill next to the washout 1/2 mile from the road/trailhead that would be exciting on skis.

zen said...

My understanding is the Gillette access is perfectly legal. Cripple Creek water officials told me you're welcome to walk the roads & even the creeks above the reservoirs. You just can't approach the reservoirs themselves.

Of course that's changing too though. Cripple Creek is in process of opening their reservoirs to public access, though I don't know their timeline. They're keeping pretty quiet about the whole thing.

bill_brown_cmc said...

I spoke with Chip Huffman of Cripple Creek Public Works a couple years ago. He said it's fine to hike the road through the private fishing club as long as "nobody has a fishing rod". I got stopped once by a fishing club member and related this to him; he seemed satisfied and didn't hassle me further.