Thursday, May 23, 2013

Pegmatite Points Round Two

The Tanglewood of Tanglewood Trail

School is out for a week, Dad is in town, time to climb a mountain.  In January Brian and I headed up to the Pegmatite Points but the wind was so bad I was not totally convinced we made it to the high point.  In a way I felt I had some unfinished business to tend to, so I thought this would be a great hike to take my Dad on, while he was in town.
Large Boulders of the Points
This hike always starts out as Rosalie being the primary objective, but I always end up taking the easy way out by heading to the lower Pegmatite Points.  The starting TH is Deer Creek which is part of the Mount Evans Wilderness.  This is a easy accessible TH, good enough for any passenger car.  In the recent months I’ve had such misery post holing in the snow, I wanted to hike up a well-used area to make life a little easier for the both of us.
For the most part the trail wasn’t too bad.  From around 10,500ft on up it was heavily snow covered, but a good hard snow.  As long as you stay to the center of the trail there won’t be any issues.  I did the hike in trail runners, so my ankles got a little sore, but no heavy duty gear is needed right now.
Meridian Peak
The morning was frigid, but we soon warmed up on the hike up the creek.  By the time we cleared the trees we both had a good sweat rolling and I had already rolled my pant legs up.  I was pretty tired, since I haven’t been out and as active as I’d like to be so I decided on heading to the Points since they are over 1,000ft lower than Rosalie.
There was much more snow higher on the ridge then when I was up this way in January.  Lucky for me I knew how the ridge worked, so we were able to avoid deep snow and some of the large boulders.  The weather was very cooperative and the wind was basically non-existent…perfect!
As we made our way onto the summit a light snow started to fall.  The weather was still great so we sat there for a long lunch/beer break.  The views were great, Mount Evans looks very enticing while covered in snow.  I tried to take some recon pictures of summits yet to come and after about 30minutes we decided it was time to head back down.
We made good time coming down, with nothing exciting to report about.  At times the snow was coming down pretty good, but it felt good cooling us down.  It’s always fun to get out on a hike with my Dad, our next adventure this weekend will be Pikes Peak…via the Cog Railway!  I like lazy climbs too!
GPS Track

Date: 5/22/2013
Starting Elevation:  9,283ft 
Pegmatite Points Summit: 12,261ft
Total Gained Elevation: 2,440ft
Distance: 9.0 miles
Time: 5hr moving, 2hr stopped
Partners: Mark (Dad)

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