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Scrambling the South Ridge of Bluerock Mountain
Timestamp Free: 2018.12.11 - 05:03:54
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1450m
Participants: Vern D
Difficulty: 2: Moderate scrambling when dry. The crux is challenging with snow or ice.
A delightful scramble up a front range peak.
Bluerock Mountain had been on my list of peaks to scramble for many years already, and this particular day at the end of May 2015, seemed like the perfect one to attempt it. I was hoping for snow in the steep crux gully and packed my light crampons and ax just in case.

I have to admit, I didn't read Gillean's guidebook until I got home and I chuckled at her description of the options for parking;

For law-abiding hikers starting from access 2 (Junction Creek day use), this already long trail is even longer. Consequently many hikers use access 1 (equestrian trail day-use parking) and hope not to get a ticking off by an unsympathetic campground operator. Your choice.

I chuckled, because I followed a friend's GPX track quite blindly in the morning and ended up getting a "ticking off" from the campground operator at the end of my day. Be warned, that this parking lot is patrolled quite religiously and the parking is strictly enforced for paid campground guests only - even though it's a day use area. I was about to get a ticket and talked my way out of it by promising to alert the good folks on the Internet about the parking situation.

Ironically enough, the first thing I asked the two bikers who were just ready to leave the parking lot when I pulled up that morning, was whether we were allowed to park there. One of them responded very confidently that it was no problem as, "everyone parks here". I guess this explains the campground operator's sensitivity to the issue! Apparently one of the bikers had done the trail to the end of the hiking section years before and they were going to attempt it again. Him and his buddy were planning to take a look at the gully through the cliff band to see if they could scramble it. They were not expecting to get through it...

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