A look at the “Stone Dragon” along the Tenmile Range traverse. © 2009 - 2020 The Clymb. While the ridge may be scrambled, either way, the most common route starts by summiting Mt. Bierstadt and traverses from south to north to the summit of Mt. The knife-edge of Kelso, at the very end, is not the most difficult section, but often gets the most press. One of the most classic ridge traverses in the Front Range, the Sawtooth Traverse is a Class-3 scramble that starts at the summit of Mt. We found a non-technical way right up the middle of it! It then follows a series of ridges and notches while keeping the summit in sight. Palisade Mountain Scramble: Palisade Mountain's south side is one of the steepest and rockiest terrain in the Front Range foothills. For the east summit, scramble up a near vertical rock face for 20 feet on big holds, easy talus gets you to the top. The Sawtooth Ridge is a Front Range Classic, connecting two 14ers, Mt. Torreys Peak is rife with hikers, but it offers a less traveled and thrilling line to the summit. (. Palisade Mountain Scramble: Palisade Mountain's south side is one of the steepest and rockiest terrain in the Front Range foothills. Lone Eagle Peak is truly Colorado scrambling at its best. Escape Winter – Camping in the Southern U.S. 4431 Glencoe Street, Denver, CO 80216 USA. Evans, via a thrilling low Class 3 scramble for half a mile. Grays and Torreys peaks are two of the most popular 14ers in the Front Range, with proximity to Denver and Boulder, plus a relatively easy yet crowded hike to their summits. While scrambles may not be technical climbs, remember to use extreme caution and wear a protective helmet and sturdy boots. Evans, across rocky moraines, exciting exposed walls, thin, knife ridge-like crossings, and spectacular views looking across the valley. You can easily access Elbert’s large, rounded dome by several trails, all of which begin in vanilla-scented pine forests and emerge from treeline with stunning views of the Sawatch Range. The scrambly fun begins as the number peaks traverse begins. up to 14,278ft (9,000'+ departure!). Pacific Peak, 13,950 ft. on the left, Atlantic Peak 13,841 in the middle: (approached from Colorado Route 91 between Copper Mountain and Leadville) (panorama taken from Mayflower Hill) Do the cross-country route, heading due east from the trailhead to include Mayflower Hill 10,420 ft., as a direct approach to Pacific Peak's west ridge, thereby elongating the scrambling. It’s a hybrid of the two. These Thirteeners offer an extension from the busy, very popular Fourteeners and other high-use recreation areas in Colorado’s Front Range. Kelso Ridge, Torreys Peak Colorado’s highest summit is a grandfatherly gentle giant, at least by Rocky Mountain standards. CMC Press 710 10th Street, Ste 200 Golden, CO 80401 (303) 279-3080 The altitudes of included peaks, mountains and points have a staggering range from 5,200ft. Colorado Ridge Scrambles; Images (8) Climber's Log Entries Comments (8) Additions & Corrections Page Type: List Sign the Climber's Log! From here, the lower sections are fraught with boulders and rocky towers as climbers steadily ascend the rudimentary path. The ridge requires route-finding skills, as some sections can be deceivingly challenging but can be bypassed. And it alternates between Class 3 and 4. This leads to an extremely exposed, Class 4 traverse across the summit ridge to a magnificent pointed pinnacle. With run-out protection and great grip, they make for fun rope-free ascents with the option of free-rappels from the summit. Don’t go it alone, and always be aware of hazards including adverse weather and rockfall. The exciting crux of the route is known as the “Knife Edge,” a short, thin and blocky traverse right before the summit. Aug 27, 2013 - Explore Colorado Tourism Office's board "Front Range ", followed by 11197 people on Pinterest. When he's not climbing, Michael enjoys working for a local guiding company, biking, and sharing his adventures through his blog, Mike Off The Map. This excellent climb on this excellent is certainly worthy of this list. Lone Eagle Peak is one of Colorado’s most breathtaking mountains thanks to its pointed summit rising dramatically above the Indian Peaks landscape. From here, climbers take a short scramble to summit Torreys Peak. Located just minutes from residential Boulder, the Flatirons offer an easy approach with just enough length to make it a local favorite for after-work climbs. The Front Range is probably Colorado's best known mountain range. Sawtooth Ridge, Mt. With its nearly perfect pyramid shape, Peak 1 is one of the more aesthetically pleasing mountains in Colorado. Located just off I-70 in Frisco, the hike up to Peak 1 can be steep at times but offers no technical terrain. Scrambling is the art of traversing terrain that’s too steep to hike but not steep enough to require climbing equipment. Animal life likewise, is just as myriad. Alice, Rocky Mountain National Park This is where the real fun starts as climbers follow trails on thin ledges and climbing short walls while bouncing back and forth to either side of the ridge. Be safe out there! Some of the classic Colorado scrambling routes fall into a Class 3 and Class 4 ranking, indicating that they are safe without a rope or a full rack of rock … La Plata Peak- Ellingwood Ridge Colorado is known for its jagged landscape and thousands of peaks, but not all of them require technical climbing skills. At the top of the rugged gully is where the scramble starts. Mt. That’s not to say it’s a walk in the park — there’s a matter of 4,400 feet of elevation gain over 4.5 miles to deal with — but the paths are well-maintained an… Some of the classic Colorado scrambling routes fall into a Class 3 and Class 4 ranking, indicating that they are safe without a rope or a full rack of rock protection.