This dayhike will be about 5.5 miles or so on mostly easy, rolling terrain. This may or may not be a snowy hike, but it IS a Trail Dog Treats Event! Our sponsor will be providing everyone in attendance with fresh, all natural, wheat free treats for your dog!
We'll begin in Pike National Forest on Rolling Creek Trail where voice-controlled dogs will be allowed to be offleash, where right away we'll have a great view of "The Castle" - an iconic and aptly named rock formation located partially within, and partially just outside, the Lost Creek Wilderness Area. The winding trail will take us on mild ups and downs through dense evergreen forest which offers intermittent views of "The Castle" and other lumpy granite outcroppings common within the Wilderness area. There are numerous creek crossings in the first 2.5 miles before the trail begins to climb in earnest and enters the Wilderness. At (or the overlook near) the Wilderness boundary we will either stop to enjoy lunch and turn around, or leash our dogs and continue on for a short additional distance. I expect we'll be back at the trailhead before 2:30pm. We will do an optional post-hike gathering afterward.
Sign up only if you will definitely attend. DO NOT SIGN UP OR GET ON THE WAITING LIST UNLESS YOU CAN COMMIT TO GOING IF YOU GET IN. Holding on to a spot and dropping at the last minute deprives other dogs and people of an opportunity, and is not tolerated. Consequences of being a no-show include public humiliation, ridicule and/or removal from the group. By signing up, you are ensuring: 1) your dog is current on all vaccinations; 2) you read event description completely, you acknowledge and accept all risk associated with the event and the terms of the group's Liability Release; 3) you will attend, or will update RSVP at least 48 hours prior if your plans change.
All hikes are at-your-own-risk events
Distance: ~5.5 miles, an out and back trail.
Start / End points: 8,360' / ~8,500' (depending on how far we go)
Water: 3 creeks for the dogs but bring plenty of water for yourself and more for the dogs when we return to the cars.
Leash Law: Off-leash permitted if under voice control and if dogs do not harass wildlife in Pike national Forest. Once we enter Lost Creek Wilderness at about mile 2.5, leashes are mandatory.
Map: Trails Illustrated #105
What to bring: Wear boots, bring warm layers, waterproof shell, warm hat, gloves. A pad to sit on when we stop is nice to have too. Always bring dog doo bags, snacks, lunch, plus your 10 essentials including first aid. I'll update as we get closer for specific recommendations on special human and dog gear, etc.
Optional post-hike gathering: TBD
DRIVING DIRECTIONS: Meet first at 8:30am at the Twin Forks Park & Ride. Click link at top for a map. Start looking for it ON THE LEFT after you pass Indian Hills. It’s about 5-minutes from the C-470/Hwy 285 interchange. Carpooling is optional, but let me know if you don’t plan to meet us here first. We will leave no later than 8:45 so don't be late.
The trailhead is about 32 miles past the park & ride. Passenger cars can make it the whole way. I’ll give directions later.