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Date Sunday  10/6/2019
End Date
Group Fort Collins
Event Title Red Mtn, 7,464', Poudre Canyon
Start Time 7:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader John Raich
Co-Leader Bruce Miskulin
Member Price Free
Available Participants 1
Type Trip
Trip Type Scramble
Climb Type Trad Lead
Climbing Class Class III
Pace Moderate
Trail Mileage 6
Elevation Gain 2000
Driving Distance 60

Location

Poudre Canyon
Meeting time: 7 a.m.
Meeting location: parking area near Shell station at the junction of highways 14 and 287 about 10 miles NW of downtown Fort Collins. Please plan to arrive about 5 minutes earlier to arrange carpooling.


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When driving up the Poudre Canyon, you may have noticed a reddish crag across the river in the N side near the junction with the Stove Prairie Rd. Red Mountain is a rough, steep, off-trail hike, followed by a short class 3+ scramble.

Drive highway 14 to near the Palace climbing area just west of the Mishawaka Inn. The first challenge is to cross the Poudre River. Although water depth there is often only ankle deep at this time of the year, as of the end of September 2019 it is at least knee deep. Bring wading shoes and trekking poles for the crossing.

You'll need dry hiking boots or shoes for the rest of the trip. We'll continue up the rough Cedar Gulch, then hike off-trail over steep, rough terrain to the west out of the gulch. This area was completely burned in the High Park fire in 2012. The only trees left are darkened standing skeletons and deadfall. The charcoal comes off on your clothing, so don't wear your best outfits.

We'll approach the crag from the north. A short rock scramble with some exposure will take us to the top. Bring a helmet. Leaders will bring a short rope for belays or a fixed line. Unless you are a experienced scrambler, a rope belay or travel with a Prusik along a fixed rope is recommended. For that, you need to bring a climbing harness, a locking carabiner, a 120 cm sewn sling, and a short Prusic cord.

Route photos: http://www.joeandfrede.com/colorado/red_mountain/red_mountain.htm
Map: Trails Illustrated #101


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