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

 Cone Master via Kenosha Pass TH   

Party: Jason solo
Mileage: 12.6 miles
Elevation Gain: 2866 ft
Time:
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 http://14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=5523&parmuser=JasonF&cpgm=tripmain&ski=Include)
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 14ers.com 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
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Typical scenery along FS 126
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North Twin Cone Peak (TCP) benchmark
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Mt Blaine from North TCP summit
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South Twin Cone Peak from North TCP summit
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South Park from North TCP summit
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Mt Evans massif from North TCP summit
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North TCP from Mt Blaine summit
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South TCP from Mt Blaine summit
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View of North Fork of S. Platte River drainage from Mt Blaine
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South TCP summit register
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Kenosha Creek drainage from South TCP
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North TCP from lower elevation of South TCP
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  • Comments or Questions (2)
cftbq


great time     2009-09-21 12:04:22
for the distance! Looks like you managed miss the storminess of the afternoon. Nice photos; thanks.


sdkeil


Love the color     2009-09-22 12:34:37
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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