Lone Cone Summit Trail
Never mind all my metaphysical mumbo-jumbo, Lone Cone is a great climb! Mileage-wise it’s short, but you’ll be navigating off-trail in pine forests and rocky boulder fields, and focusing on navigation takes time. On the map, the Cone rises from the flat land and stands as the final, western vestige of the Colorado Rockies. If you like to get away from it all, this is your hike. The class 2+ scrambling is actually quite enjoyable (comparable to the summit scramble on the standard route on Mount of the Holy Cross). The Devil’s Chair is an impressive sight—the entire northwest face is carved out, resembling the perfect recliner for ol’ Beelzebub. Those who would deny the devil a chair anywhere but in Hell (even if the chair is metaphorical) may prefer to say it’s simply a stunning natural feature. The climb seems to be inspirational, as many hikers have expressed some very personal and touching emotions in the register at the top.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||1,963 ft|
|Skill Level||Moderate; Class 2+|
|Trailhead Elevation||10,790 ft|
|Top Elevation||12,613 ft|
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