Porcupine Ridge (Porcupine Loop)

Trip Category: 
OT - Off-Trail Hiking
Interesting Facts: 

This ridge runs between the South and North forks of Porcupine Creek and is therefore aptly named.

Technical Difficulty Level: 
5
Endurance Level: 
Med
YDS Class: 
Hiking

Mountain Range: 
Mountain Subrange: 
Attained Summit?: 
Yes
Trip Date: 
Saturday, May 19, 2018

On Saturday, May 19, 2018, Wietse and I finally completed a nice front range hiking / scrambling loop that I've been eyeing up for several years. The loop starts with an pleasant hike / easy scramble up Porcupine Ridge before leading over moderate terrain to a few more summits west of Tiara Peak. From just north of Tiara's summit the route ascends to Boundary Peak along an undulating Boundary Ridge before finishing off with a nice moderate scramble over Midday and Midnight Peaks. We finished our loop a bit differently than most folks do, choosing to descend easy and very pleasant slopes back into North Porcupine Creek and rejoining our approach.

 


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Summit Elevation (m): 
2,134
Summit Elevation (ft): 
7,000
Elevation Gain (m): 
1700
Round Trip Time: 
10.50
Total Distance (km): 
21.00
Quick 'n Easy Rating: 
Class 2 : you fall, you sprain your wrist
Difficulty Notes: 

To the summit of Porcupine Ridge is easy scrambling at best, mostly a pleasant hike and mostly on a trail / track.