Hiking – Mount Orton

Mount Orton provides fantastic views of Mount Meeker, Longs Peak, Pagoda Mountain, Chiefs Head Peak, Mount Alice, and the Wild Basin. Bushwhack/scramble from Sandbeach to summit. Cold plunge option after descent. Before signing up be self-aware about your current abilities for this mileage, gain and pace.

  • Tue, Jun 25, 2024
  • Boulder
  • Hiking
  • Adults
  • Difficult
  • Difficult
  • Mileage: 17.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,800 ft
  • Pace: sustained

5:30a departure Boulder Sports Recycler

5:45a departure Sandstone Park, Lyons

6:15a Sandbeach Trailhead

I'm not asking for you to request permission, but do ask that you are self-aware about your abilities to hike 11 miles, 3'000'+ gain at a sustained pace and are accustomed to eating, drinking and adjusting clothing while hiking.  As a team, we commit to each other to show up aware of and prepared for the route and its rating.

We may decide to proceed to Chief's Head, which will add 3 1/2 hours, 5 miles and 2,000'

All participants are expected to participate in route finding.  This means read trail reports (AllTrails, others), download the route, bring print out of the Orton section.

Accessed from the Sandbeach Lake trailhead, a well maintained trail leads to Sandbeach Lake. From Sandbeach Lake a faint trail heads into the woods and up the slope towards Mount Orton. This includes some bushwacking, route finding, a climber's trail up a steep grassy/muddy slope and a few short scrambling sections. The scrambling section would be classified as easy class 3.

Cold plunge option on the return.

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Downloaded route, print out of the section from Sandbeach to Orten.

Trip Reports