Peak(s):  Rosalie Pk  -  13,575 feet
Date Posted:  05/18/2007
Date Climbed:   07/29/2006
Author:  Mtn Geek
 Rosalie Peak: 4,280 verticle feet, 10 miles (round trip) all in a time crunch  

As part of my training for Mount of the Holy Cross trip, I was looking for different mountains to train on. Every Weekend a different experience.
I started looking online and on my maps at Rosalie Peak. This one looked like an exceptional trip, but the problems I faced was a major time crunch. I work 6 days a week and did most of my hikes before work on Saturday. I have to be at work at 3:00 on Saturdays, so this gives me a few extra hours to ho hiking.

If I was to summit this one, I was looking at 10 miles round trip, 4,280 vertical feet from the bottom to the top, and about 6 hours to get it done to be at work on time. This mountain was about 1 hour‘s drive from Denver. I decided to give it a try anyway.

Like usual, I got up at 5:00am and got ready and was out the door by 5:45 heading to the mountains. After following the directions to the trailhead, I soon discovered I was on the wrong road. I had to backtrack and find where I made my mistake. This was not easy and took me an extra 45 minutes to get to the trailhead. The directions failed to say that the road I was on was going to change numbers and I needed to veer off the left, and take the side road, which had the road number that I needed.

Anyway, I got to the trailhead, ate my breakfast and headed out at 7:50. This left me with less time then I wanted to reach the summit. I figured if I could not make it, I could try to make it to the top of the Pegmatites‘ highpoint. As the trail headed up the valley it got increasingly steeper and steeper. There were no switchbacks, it just headed up the valley. Near 11,000 feet the trail had a few switchbacks before leaving the forest. Once above tree line (at about 11,400 feet) the trail angled up the mountain as this was so far the steepest part of it, heading up to the pass. I reached the pass at 9:40. I still had 1,600 feet to gain and had about one hour and twenty minutes to get to the summit. I needed to be on top by 11:00 or I was not going to make it. I figured that I had just the amount of time I needed to summit, so I went for it. I got off the trail and headed up to the summit. As the elevation increased, I had to stop more frequently. This mountain was STEEP!!! At about 10:50 I started to reach the rounded summit, and finally I was on top! I could not believe I had actually made it! The skies were mostly blue and the views were great! I took some photo‘s and ate my snack and headed down. I only got 15 minutes on top since I had to get down. The descent only took me 2.5 hours, and I was at my car driving away at 1:30. I had time to get home and rest for about 40 minutes before heading out to work. All day as I drove up and down I-25 I looked at that mountain and felt that sense of victory.

 Comments or Questions

Condition questions
05/22/2007 03:12
I gather the trail was snow and ice free? Is the trailhead (figure you started at the Deer Creek th?) accessible with a car?

Mtn Geek

did this last year
05/22/2007 15:55
you must not have looked at date climbed. did this on 07/29/2006


05/24/2007 19:40

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