I have some use or lose leave I need to consume before the end of the year, and this particular Monday was a good opportunity to burn 8 hours. About a month ago, I was in the Mosquito Gulch but only hiked two peaks due to strong winds and being a bit lazy. I returned to finish the other three mountains that surround the area. I left my house at 5:00 am and was hiking by 7:15 am.
I started out by hiking north/northwest from the trailhead towards the saddle southwest of Tweto Peak. I cut some distance by heading more directly towards the summit as I gained elevation. I made it to the top of Tweto Peak at 9:15 am. I dropped off the summit the way I had arrived and then made a long ridge hike over to Treasurevault Mountain, which I reached at 10:30 am. This was an easy and gradual hike. From the summit of Treasurevault Mountain, I lost a bit of elevation and then continued south to the higher Mosquito Peak, which I summitted at 11:10 am.
I descended down the east shoulder of Mosquito Peak directly towards Oliver Twist Lake and the trailhead where I started. The shoulder wasn't too difficult to negotiate and I found myself back at my vehicle at 12:40 pm for a 5 hour and 25 minute car-to-car day. I quickly drove back to the Front Range and was home by 3:00 pm. The weather was very cooperative and not enough snow had accumulated yet to make the hiking challenging.