Photo by Christopher Dorry
|Best months for climbing:||May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct|
|Nearest major airport:||Colorado Springs, CO|
|Convenient Center:||Colorado Springs, CO|
Thanks to Bob Gaugherty for adding this peak.
OVERVIEW: Cameron Cone rises prominently above Colorado Springs, and can be seen from most of town. Standing just 7 miles due west of downtown, Cameron is about 5 miles in front of Pikes Peak. The Barr Trail and Cog Railway offer great views of Cameron Cone, and for most people, this is as close as they will get to its summit.
In spite of its proximity to civilization, Cameron Cone is not climbed often. It is not the most accessible mountain, and precious little information is available for the would-be climber. You could collect various topo maps of the area, and end up scratching your head wondering what the ideal route up Cameron would be. Private property blocks one potential route (Crystal Park). Questions about reservoir access surround another potential route (Big Tooth Reservoir). And excessive distance makes another potential route somewhat undesirable (Jones Park). Hopefully this page will serve as a resource for those who want to climb this mountain, but aren't sure how.
For now, a single route is presented, which I believe is the easiest route. It is a Class 2 route, totalling 9-10 miles, with about 4,000' of elevation gain. The most difficult aspect of this route is the route finding. Those who are uncomfortable navigating with topo map and compass (and/or GPS) are advised to brush up on their skills before attempting this route.
GETTING THERE: The standard route begins at the Barr Trail. From Colorado Springs, take US 24 West. Follow signs to Manitou Springs (US 24 Business / Manitou Avenue). Follow signs for the Cog Railway, which will direct you to turn left onto Ruxton Ave. Continue past the train depot, and follow the sign for the Barr Trail parking lot (turn right onto Hydro).
This parking lot fills up early on summer weekends. If you arrive after 6am, you might have trouble finding a parking spot.
Thanks to Bob Gaugherty for this description.