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White Ranch After Christmas Hike & Dinner

  • Dec 25, 2012 · 3:45 PM

Let's celebrate Christmas day and work off come calories by hiking at this scenic Jeffco Open Space Park a couple miles north of Golden. We'll watch the sunset at 4:42pm during the hike. This hike is 4.5 miles with 965’ of elevation gain. The trail conditions will be uncertain, so you may need traction devices such as Micro Spikes (see below). After the hike, those interested will have dinner at the Thai Monkey Club in Golden.

NO SLOW HIKERS!If you are a really slow hiker, please do not come on this hike. Hiking in these cold temperatures is OK as long as you are moving, but if we have to wait a long time to regroup for slow hikers, that gets really cold. You are welcome to join us for dinner afterward if you want (email me to let me know).

Please note the details about bringing appropriate gear and in case of bad weather in this Meetup Group's Welcome description. The weather is mercurial this time of year, so on the day of the hike if the weather is questionable be sure to check the website or call or email the leader (cell# will be sent to those who've RSVP'd) to confirm the hike is on. You may need traction devices such as Micro Spikes. Bring a headlamp or flashlight. Dogs are welcome on this hike, but they must be on a leash and you must pick up after them. If you join this hike, you are agreeing to this waiver.

Directions: We’re meeting at the east trailhead of White Ranch Park—please follow these directions carefully! Take 6th Avenue up through Golden, and continue straight/north onto CO93. When you reach Golden Gate Canyon Road, it says to turn left for White Ranch Park and Golden Gate Canyon Park—DO NOT TURN LEFT AT GOLDEN GATE CANYON ROAD--that would take you to the west trailheads. Instead, continue straight/north on CO93. Once you leave Golden, travel north for another 1.5 miles. Once you start seeing houses again on the right, look for a sign at 56th Ave. that says “White Ranch Open Space 1 Mile” pointing to the left. Turn left, and after about a mile a yellow sign indicates the road turns left—turn right to enter the parking lot. Click here for a map with directions. Look for me and my gray Prius.

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  • Lori H.

    Very fun with awesome views. Thanks Ed for finding a dining place open on christmas. By the way- those paw prints in the fresh snow were bobcat!! It was very fun! Thanks Ed

    December 26, 2012

  • Rob F.

    It was another great hike

    December 25, 2012

  • Brian

    Probably the coldest AWH+ ever, as the temp at my car was 5 deg! Enjoyed it very much - great trail and group, bright moon & Jupiter, and so awesome the Thai Monkey Grill was open for us. A very nice way to spend Christmas!

    December 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I feel so bad. I was carrying a water bottle for somebody on the hike and still have it. Pls let me know who you are so I can work on getting it back to you..Thx

    December 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    A very beautiful hike. The snow made the trail beautiful,there was a nice moon, the company was great and the good food afterward put the icing on the cake. Thx for putting this on and happy holidays

    December 25, 2012

  • Ed W.

    A gorgeous White Christmas hike! Even saw the moon. Nice group. Great dinner at Thai Monkey Grill afterward.

    December 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had fun...sorry could not make dinner, I left my wallet at home. Hope to join you all for dinner on Friday. Here are the few pics I took from tonights hike

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/21314115@N05/sets/72157632342885642/show/

    December 25, 2012

    • Melissa

      thanks Jon! It was nice meeting you. Hope to see you at the next hike.

      December 25, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hope to see you on Friday! Have fun shopping at REI :-)

      1 · December 25, 2012

  • Paul

    Great hike. Thai Restaurant was a good choice, but don't get level 3 spicy!!!!

    December 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    First meet up...I enjoyed, great pace, thanks!!

    December 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for organizing Ed! The restaurant looks good - lots of beers to choose from. If anyone wants to carpool from Lowry, please drop me a line. I'll be leaving around 2:45 maybe earlier if it is snowing.

    December 24, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Okay, it is about 26 miles from Lowry and 45 minutes under good conditions. So let us meet at 2:30pm and I will drive slow unless the roads are clear. FYI: I have snowshoes and I am not got carry them. Just doing full snow boots and spikes.

      December 25, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great Mikey Thx for the offer. Let me know when and I will be there. Enjoy Xmas with your son!!

      December 25, 2012

  • Lisa

    Sorry, I'm not going to get back in town today in time to meetup for this. So you will have to count me out for this one. Merry Christmas all.

    December 25, 2012

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