Peak:  Square Top Mountain A (13er)
 Route:  Southeast Ridge
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  HikesInGeologicTime
 Date of Info:  08/09/2019
 Date Posted:  08/09/2019

Still wildflower season on this one! I even spotted a late-blooming columbine posing for pictures right by the trail less than a mile from the parking lot.

No snow on or near the route. There's a faint trail that goes all the way up the ridge line once you hike above the obvious one that ascends the shoulder. Trekking poles may come in handy for descending that section, which is the steepest part and consists mostly of loose-ish dirt, but if you're willing to get a good thigh workout in by staying centered on the balls of your feet, you'll be fine without and will likely be glad you didn't add unnecessary weight for the remainder of the hike.

This is a good one if you're looking to get a tune-up hike in close to Denver when weather forecasts aren't cooperating for your preferred fourteeners! I did it in 4h13m with half an hour on the summit (which windy, though not enough to discourage me from taking my shirt off!).

Oh, and good luck to anyone wanting to hike near I-70 this weekend - traffic was already jammed from Idaho Springs back to MM 257 or so when I was coming down in the 2:30-3 time frame. :/

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 Comments or Questions

08/10/2019 06:20
I saw you there yesterday! Was such a beautiful day for a hike.


Hey yourself!
08/10/2019 21:49
That was a great day! Itâs always fun to run into folks on here in the wild - hereâs hoping we cross paths on another one!

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