Death's Head (Mesa Butte)


Trip Details
Mountain Range: 
Mountain Subrange: 
Attained Summit?: 
Trip Date: 
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Summit Elevation (m): 
Elevation Gain (m): 
Round Trip Time: 
Total Distance (km): 
Quick 'n Easy Rating: 
Class 1 : you fall, you're stupid
Difficulty Notes: 

No difficulties other than finding good conditions that don't involve endless post holing or severe bushwhacking.


Trip Report

There's not much to say about Death's Head, other than it's name is very dramatic compared to it's reality. I wanted to spend Earth Day (April 22, 2018) hiking in warm sunshine rather than flirting with the escalating spring avalanche cycle on skis, so that's exactly what I did! After several recent hikes with Phil where we ended up floundering around in waist-deep snow, I decided to bring snowshoes, leave early and hopefully pick some drier objectives for the day. As I drove through Millarville towards the front ranges of the Rockies, I was reminded why I do these diminutive, easy front range hikes every once in a while. Sure! Compared to other objectives, they are super easy and even sort of boring, but they bring their own small pleasures too.


!!Attention!! is being updated and trip reports migrated to a new site while this one is still operational. The new version of this trip report can be found at and contains more photos in a modern format. For more information on this move and possible future changes please click here.


Add new comment

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
Enter the characters shown in the image.