Hike to the top of Stone Mountain above the Big Thompson Canyon to the west of Loveland. Three and one half mile hike to saddle on Round Mountain Trail followed by ~1/2 mile semi-bushwhack on faint trail to base of the rock formation at the peak and an ~100 ft. scramble to the top. Panoramic views of the front range. Experienced hikers only please. Though not a technical climb, the climb to the top is not for novices and requires some rock scrambling skills. No real exposure with good handholds and footholds. Bring at least two liters of water and a snack lunch to enjoy at the peak. Sturdy hiking boots, trekking poles, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and clothing for the predicted weather conditions recommended. Current weather forecast calls for partly sunny skies and temps in the 50's with light winds and a 40% chance of rain showers after noon.
Starting elevation: 5780 '
Peak Elevation: 7650'
Total elevation gain: ~2300'
R/T distance: ~8.5 miles
Difficulty: This is a medium blue (intermediate) level hike. Moderate pace (around 2 mph including stops). Hike should take about 5 hours with about a 50 minute drive to and from the traihead.
Please read the hike description carefully and don't sign up for the hike unless you are confident you can complete the described hike (Pace, expected conditions, RT distance, total climb, and max elevation).
Dogs: Not on this hike.
We do regrouping stops at all trail intersections.
Please be prompt so others are not kept waiting. Five minute wait for no-shows.
Please, don't show up for a hike unless your YES RSVP has been accepted for you and any guest(s) that you intend to bring with you.
Please cancel if you decide not to attend so spaces will be available for others.
Hiking is risky. Every year people are hurt and killed because they go beyond their abilities, get lost, or bring the wrong gear. I normally lead hikes that I've done before. I don't do technical climbs but some of my hikes have strenuous climbs that may require using some handholds and require good physical strength and agility. I am not a professional guide. You are responsible for yourself. By signing up for this hike you acknowledge that you are solely responsible for your own safety and will do the necessary research to understand the conditions of this hike and the gear and conditioning you require.
And lastly, anyone choosing to hike with our group should carry personal medical insurance and a CORSAR (Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue) card in case of an emergency.