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 Peak(s):  Almagre Mountain South - 12,349 feet
 Post Date:  06/01/2009
 Date Climbed:   05/31/2009
 Posted By:  Brad

 Almagre Mountain South   

Peak: Almagre Mountain South aka "Mount Baldy"
Elevation: 12,349'
Distance/gain: 4.8 miles RT, +1800'
Partner(s): Wife (Amber)

There are several ways to tackle the ridge that comprises Almagre Mountain South and Almagre Mountain. We chose the route starting out from Forest Road 376, off Gold Camp Road. It took us one hour and fifteen minutes from house to trail head. Very near the dead-end on FR 376, a 4WD road crosses its path; we parked near this intersection at 10,800' and began our adventure by heading East on the 4WD road. The road is fairly steep at first (400' in 0.25 miles) but loses some elevation before a broad clearing around 11,200'; this meadow (clearing) is about 0.75 miles from the start. Here is a look at a fairly flat section of the road:

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At this meadow, we headed left (North) for a hundred feet or so until we found the faint two-track trail we were looking for. Here, I shed a layer of clothing as I had warmed up significantly on our trail "introduction". Here, you are also afforded a view of the goal. This shows Almagre Mountain South:

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And this one shows Almagre Mountain and the bumps along the way from South:

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Here is an angle of Pikes Peak that few people get to see; this is its Southern ridge with the train tracks in view:

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And this is a view of Pikes Peak with two of Colorado Springs City Reservoirs:

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Near the end of the meadow we came to a point where we could continue north and descend some serious elevation to the reservoirs or head east into a sparse forest. The route description I had indicated east, so we headed east. Within a tenth of a mile or so we encountered the faint single track trail we had hoped to find. Shortly after gaining this trail and the forest that holds it, we encountered our first snow banks, around 11,300':

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After navigating these varying size snow banks, we get a view of the saddle between Almagre Mountain South and the closest of the five Almagre bumps:

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After leaving tree line, we get to see our goal up close, and the clouds forming over it:

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Turning around, we get to see clouds forming over the Sangre de Cristo Range as well:

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We traversed a snow field heading basically southeast for the summit. Until now, our snow banks had been fairly deep, ranging from just under a foot to well over three feet. We zigged and zagged across the snow covered saddle and met our goal:

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We are also treated to a nice view of Pikes Peak:

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And a view of Almagre Mountain:

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Here is Pikes Peak (left) and Almagre Mountain (right):

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There are microwave towers on top:

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And one final up-close view of Pikes Peak:

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Stratton Reservoir is between Almagre Mountain South and Almagre Mountain, showing the snow fields between the two:

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This summit would not be complete without a view of Colorado Springs:

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At this point, we decided to forgo the traverse over to Almagre Mountain, given this storm looming over the summit:

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As we began our descent, grapple snow began to pelt us. This stuff stings when it finds bare skin, like ones neck. The snow began to accumulate on the trail:

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And block our view of Pikes Peak:

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as well as Almagre Mountain:

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The temperature had been a balmy 45 F on the summit but was now reading 36 F. It took only 30 minutes for the temperature to drop this much. Further on down the trail, with the snow in and out, we find an interesting rock that I will dub, "Head Rock":

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By the time we made it back to the 4WD road, it had turned to slush:

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All-in-all, it was a good outing, but we were glad to be back at the car and able to dry off.



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  • Comments or Questions
cftbq


Nice one!     2009-06-02 10:14:36
Kudos to you both for braving the weird weather, and thanks for the very nice photos. (I, OTOH, spent much of that day driving the *&^#ing Interstate...)


Aubrey


well done     2009-06-02 11:52:42
Great job getting another less-known peak. Plus, great shots of Pikes from it‘s less-seen side.

That summit reminds me of Laramie Peak in Wyoming.


George Kaplan


2WD Parking     2012-11-29 09:43:46
Thanks for the trip report, Brad! I was thinking of trying this hike out soon, but I only have a 2WD car. It seems that the best option would be to drive up to the intersection of Gold Camp Road and the Forest Service Road and try to park there. Does that seem reasonable or would you recommend something different?


Brad


2WD     2012-12-01 07:48:01
I think your method seems reasonable.



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