Upcoming Hikes: Call to “Sign On”

Here are some upcoming trips; training for the Colorado Trail… please leave a comment or (even better!) call me if you’re interested in signing on for any of the “fun”:

Sanitarado, Boulder, CO: 22 Miles
Friday, May 21 – call for time.
What: A one-day run/hike from Mount Sanitas to Eldorado Mountain
Type of event: Mountaineering/running/hiking
Course: Point-to-Point
Elevation: 9750′ ascent
Technical Rating: Class 3
Season: Spring-Fall
Description: A one-day run/hike from Mount Sanitas to Eldorado Mountain, along Boulders front range mountains, including all points between. I will likely go the opposite way: Eldo to Sanitas.
Start: Mount Sanitas TH
1. Mount Sanitas via Sanitas Trail
2. Down Sunshine Valley Trail
3. Through Red Rocks Park, across Canyon to Flagstaff via View Point Trail
4. Up Flagstaff via Flagstaff Mountain Trail
5. Down Range View Trail to Flagstaff Road
6. Up Green via either EM Greenman or Ranger Trail
7. Down Green via Green Bear Trail to Bear Canyon
8. Up Bear Peak via Bear Peak West Ridge Trail
9. Cross to South Boulder Peak via the trail across the saddle
10. Descend Shadow Canyon to the Mesa Trailhead
11. Eldorado Mountain via Rattlesnake Gulch to North Ridge or NE Ridge
12. Descend the same route, follow road back to South Mesa TH

Never Summer Traverse
June ?? – Flexible Date(s)
C-DOT, you’re already signed on for this one!
What: A traverse of all or part of the Never Summer Range
Type of event: Mountaineering/running/hiking
Course: Point-to-Point
Technical Rating:
Season: Summer
Description: A 1 to 4 day traverse of the Never Summer Range. Brutal.

Aspen, CO: Four Pass Loop
25.91 mi.
Four 12,000-foot passes, classic alpine views and a rugged loop around Colorado’s most-photographed peaks make this 26.5-mile backpack a Rocky Mountain epic.

Continental Divide Trail: Copper Mountain to Bakerville, CO
66.86 mi.
Strenuous *****
Travel across lush forest, grassy meadows, and exposed alpine slopes to the rocky crown of Grays Peak on this 67-mile section of the Continental Divide Trail.

Fort Collins, CO: Comanche Peak Wilderness Loop
22.26 mi.
Explore remote Rockies scenery and WWII history on this 22-mile hike in the Roosevelt National Forest.
Just north of Rocky Mountain National Park, the 67,500-acre Comanche Peak Wilderness features alpine meadows, rugged cirques, and mountain streams—but not Rocky Mountain’s crowds. And on this strenuous 22.3-mile loop, you’ll get a WWII plane along with your classic Rockies scenery.

Take the Beaver Creek Trail (#942) to Forest Road 142; turn right and follow it to an alternate trailhead at 1.1 miles. Drop to Beaver Creek, then watch for a glimpse of Comanche Reservoir at mile 3. Just past the lake, enter the wilderness and hike through a bluebell-strewn meadow to the Brown Lake trail junction. Head north along Brown Creek; a series of first-come, first-served campsites begins at Timberline Lake.

The next day, veer east on the Flower Trail and scope out views of the Mummy Range to the south en route to the B-17 wreck at mile 10—parts of the engine and wings are still visible from the 1944 crash. Drop to Beaver Park and join the Little Beaver Creek Trail, passing ponderosa pines and aspen groves on the way to a campsite at 16.9 miles. On your last day, take the spur at 17.2 miles to the Fish Creek Trail and follow it back to the Beaver Creek Trailhead.
TO TRAILHEAD: From Fort Collins, take US 287 north, then turn west on CO 14. Go 26 miles to Pingree Park Rd./63E; turn south and go 15.6 miles. Turn right on Forest Rd. 145/Buckhorn Rd. to Tom Bennett Campground; trailhead is 1.4 miles ahead.
Denver, CO: Deer Creek Loop
Miles: 50.00 mi.
Rating: Easy

Colorado Springs, CO: Cooldown
Miles: 34.66 mi.
Rating: Moderate
This hilly tour of Colorado Springs features some great cooldown spots along the way. Ride along the west side of the city with some ‘steepish’ climbs and fast downhills. Stop along the way for some amazing scenery of the city and Garden of the Gods/Pikes Peak. At Old Colorado City stop for some ice cream at the Colorado Creamery. End the ride at one of the only “beaches” that I know of in the Colorado Springs area at Prospect Lake in Memorial Park.


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