Peak(s):  Cameron Cone - 10,707 feet
Date Posted:  12/15/2009
Date Climbed:   12/12/2009
Author:  ryguy79
 Cameron Cone from Crystal Park  

This is my first TR so bear with me. Eventually I'd like to do some winter 14ers, but I want to gain experience in winter conditions first, so I thought this would be a good local starting point. I was not leading the group and I'd never been up Cameron Cone before, so I don't know the route specifics. So I'll just steal those from Chipper's post about the trip.

"We walked to the ENE approach to the cone (kind of an informal TH - top of Crystal Point road). All in snowshoes; and needed them about 1/2 of the time. Crossed the trail where you head down to Manitou via Gog and Magog (Britt now has that waypoint). Spiraled south and up to the saddle then straight SW to the south approach ridge. Left snowshoes there and summitted in a beatiful late morning. Then headed down SSE for about a mile and 3/4 to meet up with the main trail down to Crystal Park. 2050 elevation gain and maybe total of 5-6 miles."

I climbed mostly in my base layer until we reached the saddle before heading up to the summit and my camera was in my jacket in my pack, so unfortunately I didn't get any pics on the way up. It was mostly wooded once we got off the road anyway. I had to do a little improvising on the way up...I left my hiking poles in my ski box so I broke a downed branch into 2 ski pole length pieces for a little aid when the going got steep.

Once we reached the ridge, the views really opened up and I snapped some photos after ditching the snowshoes for the summit. It was pretty windy on the ridge so I put my shell on for the last bit to the top.

After a short break we headed up the final easy scramble up the to the summit. There were some fun little sections and it felt nice to have the snowshoes off.

We hung out on the summit for a while, taking in the views and getting some group shots.

The views from the summit were great.

I kept the camera out on the way down off the summit, there were some great views to the south and east on the way down.

When we got back down to the ridge, we put our snowshoes back on and descended down the ridge and then behind the ridge to the west. We passed through some nice stands of Aspen, a little meadow, and crossed a small stream a few times. It was a fun section on snowshoes. It was pretty mild in the beginning until we dropped off the ridge down to Crystal Park.

When we dropped down the ridge back to Crystal Park, it got pretty steep and I was a bit busy with my hands so no pics of that part of the trip.

About 3/4 of the way down we reached a nice flat, treeless area where we got a good view of the cone and the ridge we hiked behind.

All in all, it was a great day of hiking. The weather was great and the company was great too.

 Comments or Questions

Congrats on your 1st TR
12/16/2009 05:08
Way to go! Beautiful pictures on a beautiful day. It‘s pretty awesome that we have such amazing backcountry sooo close to the Colorado Springs. It was incredible hiking back in there were so few people ever go.

Thanks Ryan for posting this. It was good hiking with you.

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