Peak(s):  South Twin Cone Peak - 12,340 feet
North Twin Cone Peak - 12,323 feet
Mt Blaine - 12,303 feet
Date Posted:  09/21/2009
Date Climbed:   09/20/2009
Author:  JasonF

 Cone Master via Kenosha Pass TH  

Party: Jason solo
Mileage: 12.6 miles
Elevation Gain: 2866 ft
Kenosha Pass TH (first gate): 6:30AM
N Twin Cone Peak summit: 8:30AM/left at 8:45AM
Mt Blaine summit: 9:00 AM/left at 9:15AM
S Twin Cone Peak summit: 9:45AM/left at 10AM
Back at TH: 12:00 PM

Having made an unsuccessful attempt at this string of peaks back in the winter (see )
it was great to revisit this area during changing of the aspens. The route is fairly obvious - just follow the forest service road all the way to treeline. The biggest challenge outside of the long distance is avoiding and/or bashing the willows. The wind was 20+ mph across these peaks, which made for a short stop at each peak. South Twin Cone Peak had a summit register and I noticed member Keith Kiggins signed back in 2007. This trip is mentioned in Roach's Lost Creek Wilderness book. The views of aspens are wonderful - most of the aspens were peaked out. I descended off the NW side of South Twin Cone Peak and stumbled onto an old jeep trail that led me back down to the connection with the existing jeep trail. This saved alot of time, rather than going back down to the saddle with North Twin Cone Peak.

View of Tarryall Mtns from upper portion of FS 126

Typical scenery along FS 126

North Twin Cone Peak (TCP) benchmark

Mt Blaine from North TCP summit

South Twin Cone Peak from North TCP summit

South Park from North TCP summit

Mt Evans massif from North TCP summit

North TCP from Mt Blaine summit

South TCP from Mt Blaine summit

View of North Fork of S. Platte River drainage from Mt Blaine

South TCP summit register

Kenosha Creek drainage from South TCP

North TCP from lower elevation of South TCP

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

 Comments or Questions

great time
09/21/2009 18:04
for the distance! Looks like you managed miss the storminess of the afternoon. Nice photos; thanks.


Love the color
09/22/2009 18:34
Triple M and I did this last winter and although we made it we got our butt kicked. I did notice all the aspen that day and want to go back in the fall. Your pictures confirm the color that I thought I would see. Thanks for the TR I definitely want to go back.

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