Peak(s):  N. Twin Cone Peak - 12,319 feet
Post Date:  12/30/2008
Date Climbed:   12/29/2008
Posted By:  JasonF

 North Twin Cone Peak via Kenosha Pass TH   

Party: Jason solo
Start: 7:30AM
Finish: 3:00 PM
Mileage: ~ 12 miles
Elevation Gain: 2300 feet

Hiked up FR 126 which was packed down fairly well due to snow mobile traffic. Was trying for the "Cone Master" (N & S Twin Cone Peaks & Mt. Blaine) as described in Roach‘s Lost Creek Wilderness book however this became difficult due to the deep snowshoeing required above tree line. The trail is now broken for anyone wishing to visit a beautiful, peaceful area. Approach to the end of the snow mobile track was done without snow shoes. Due to the snow softening in the afternoon I elected to complete the return with snow shoes. Great hike. I will definitely return sometime (perhaps when aspens are changing next fall) to complete the Cone Master.

View west from summit, looking at Mosquito Range

View north from summit, looking at Mt. Evans massif

View SE from summit with weather station in foreground, South Twin Cone Peak at right-hand side of pic

View SW of South Park with Mosquito Range in distance

View south of Tarryall Mountains and Puma Hills

Closeup of weather station solar panels with unique ice formation on guy wires

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  • Comments or Questions

Aspens     12/30/2008 23:08
I agree that this trail would be great around peak color time. I did the ”cone master” about 3 weeks ago and recall thinking that the switchbacks just past the second gate would be fantastic had there been leaves.

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