Peak(s):  Long Scraggy Peak, 8796 ft.
Date Posted:  01/07/2022
Date Climbed:   12/05/2021
Author:  jibler
 Raging the Rampart Range   

OK so after I posted trip reports on my 2019 journey to Raleigh Peak and 2020 trip up the east side of Thunder Butte, I felt it would be good to keep 14ers up on the latest high point reached out in the Rampart Range.

8 miles total but was overall a pretty easy going day - definitely the easiest compared to the other two. But I also just managed to top out and then turn around. Would have been nice to explore the cliffs on top more.

Starts on the edge of the Buffalo Creek burn scar - Raleigh middle left, Scraggy to right, Thunder distant right near Pikes.

Being able to see Raleigh and Thunder all day was a treat too. To me now - there's something compelling about thunder butte's shape on the horizon next to Pikes. It is taller than Devilshead you know.

Pass thru small rock gardens

So navigation was fairly straight forward - you descend to where drainages meet north of scraggy. BUT - i remembered there were roads more east of that drainage junction - so the key move of the day was heading more easterly that you'd necessarily would to find it. The other fun fact being there is a trail up towards the top - but I didn't know on the way up and took the northwest corner buckwhack style until i hit that path.

Purple descend route, Red following road up, Green my bushwhack up, Blue the actual path down
Scraggy from Rocks
pano from rock garden
at top - cool stick was wedged into the rocks - looking north
At top looking south
The grand 'lookback' when returning. That shadowy section on left side of scraggy is where that path is.
One final pano - small fire had erupted late that afternoon - you can seen horizon in middle is blurred. Woulda ruined my day if it had come up sooner because it got smoky fast!

OK - time for a small editorial. I am a big fan of this area in november and december. There's something magically quiet and austere about this area at that time of year. No 4x4's or guns blazing. Peaceful.

I had thought I may recreate a bit of this magic on the north side of town last november - hit up Kenny mtn outside Boulder. But that place ain't got the same mojo. For one thing much more deadfall trees so navigation isn't as simple. but there's more to it. There really is something special about these burn zones in the rampart!

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Comments or Questions
Great report
01/07/2022 19:02
And route-I have done Scraggy from the long approach on a forest road from the north. This area is winter gem. I‘m planning for Thunder and Baldy this winter.

Totally agree
01/18/2022 20:48
Rampart Range in winter is really cool. Went up Thunder in 2020 as well, great info on Scraggy - adding to my ‘backyard hikesť list.

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