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 Peak(s):  Rosalie Pk  -  13,575 feet
 Post Date:  03/13/2010
 Date Climbed:   03/12/2010
 Posted By:  piper14er

 Rosalie - East Ridge   

Rosalie Peak 13,575 feet.
Ranked 206.
9.5 mile roundtrip.
4300 feet.
Class 1/2.
4 1/2 hours from trailhead to summit, 2 1/2 hours back to trailhead.

A change from the Sangre's and Breckenridge areas, I headed south up Highway 285 to the top of Crow Hill. 4 miles past Pine Junction and before you drop down into Bailey. Turn right on County Road 43A which connect to County Road 43 (Deer Creek Road). Follow 43 for a little over 8 miles. Stay on 43 when the road turns left and 47 stays right. The road changes to dirt a mile before you will get to the Deer Creek Campground. If you have a 4wd you can continue to the trailhead which is a right turn at the campground. You will see a small sign that points to the Deer Creek Trailhead. Follow the road another 0.8 miles. There is a parking area there.

Parking and trailhead.
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Looking back down the road into the parking.
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Trailhead.
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Trail.
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Stay right almost immediately.
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Follow the Tanglewood Trail. The trail has a nice base as it looks like this is a popular snowshoe trail. I had 4" to 8" of new snow, over the base, to stomp through. I used the snowshoes going up.
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1st bridge.
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2nd bridge with one more to follow as the trail crosses back and forth over the creek.
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Next trail sign. Follow the trail to the right along the Tanglewood Trail. The Rosalie Trail goes off to the left and up the hill.
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Trail.
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Wilderness Signs.
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Trail.
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Trail.
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I liked this tree along the way.
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Pegmatite Point
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Bristlecones.
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The ridge.
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The wind is really whipping up. The wind was a bit brutal. Knocked around and the summit was the worst of it.
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On the ridge looking off to my right and north.
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Looking back down.
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The ridge was fairly simple most of the way. Grassy for a good portion and then some rocks up higher. Started a bit steep and flattens out somewhat towards the top and the last stretch.

The ridge.
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The summit with Mount Bierstadt in the background.
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Mount Evans.
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Rocks on the summit to hide from the wind.
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I would have liked to continue on to Epaulie and Epaulet but my winter legs (and the wind) usually don't allow me to make those extra peaks. Only another 6 miles and 1600 feet would have done it though (ha ha). Have to leave that to others.

I was able to walk out the entire way out without the snowshoes.



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  • Comments or Questions (4)
piper14er


Epaulie and Epaulet     2010-03-14 14:40:46
Thanks all.

I always start out thinking that I will try for the extra peaks. Once in a while in winter I actually do make some. Generally I don‘t. Winter is usually harder for me (and for most others). Even with a good base it still takes an extrs effort to plow through the snow. The wind is what really saps my energy the most though.


iluv80sgirl


TKS     2010-03-13 20:43:14
This is one of my favorite places. Thank you for the report. I need to get up there soon. I have done Rosalie the shorter and easier way over Epaulet and Epaulie and up the north side. But this way is much more rewarding because it takes a lot more effort.


sunny1


Nice TR!     2010-03-14 08:49:42
Love the pics and detail.
Looks like a great day out. Found myself lingering on the photos of the weathered bristlecones.
I really enjoy that access for Rosalie, have done it in all 3 seasons except winter! Such a beautiful area.
Well done!


LIV


Thanks for breaking trail!     2010-03-14 09:32:53
Hi -- we climbed this yesterday and could see that someone (with a dog) went up on Friday. We got lucky yesterday with no wind at all!! Yeah, like you, we didn‘t make it over to Epaulie and Epaulet -- Rosalie was quite a haul in and of itself. Great pictures.



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