The elevation of a cretaceous granite peak in the northern Rockies is usually well below 4,000 feet.
But on Tuesday, a group of hikers on the Colorado-Utah border was able to climb a crestslope on the west side of the ridge.
They climbed a 4,829-foot (1,812-meter) crested granite outcropping known as the Saugus Slope, and it’s currently the highest elevation in the state of Colorado.
The hike from the top of the Saughs Peak to the top was about a half-hour.
There was a little bit of a scramble from the ground, but the hike was relatively straight-forward.
The Saugs Slope has some of the most spectacular views in Colorado, with an elevation of 4,840 feet (1.9 kilometers).
This particular crested boulder is just west of the Colorado State Park and is known as “the Saugum” in the area.
The area was named for the famous Saugumeks of the 17th century, who were known for their expeditions and for their adventures into the Colorado wilderness.
The area is also famous for its rock formation called the “Mountain of the Mountain,” which sits at 4,600 feet (2 kilometers).
The “Million Mile Mountain” is also a large crested rock formation, measuring 2,000-foot-tall (610-meter-high) in some places.
The group made their way to the Suggs Slopest, a large granite ridge that lies between the Soughness and the Saunas peaks.
The group was able climb the SUGGSSP for a total of about 30 minutes, before setting off back up the Sgrub Rock Trail, the main trail that leads from the Sighum Ridge and the Colorado Rockies to the edge of the city of Saugust.
“The hike up the mountain is pretty amazing,” said David Waggoner, the owner of Waggons Hiking Company in the Sougness.
“It’s really a lot of fun to see that, especially when you have this elevation.
The group also enjoyed a brief visit with the Colorado Avalanche on the other side of town.
“I was in the middle of a little run on the ridge and the sun came up and I was thinking, ‘Oh my God, that’s a huge rock outcrop,'” said Jeff Tackett, a local mountain biker who was hiking the Suffes Slope with his wife.
“I got so excited.”