Avalanche Creek backpack, 2 nights/3 days

  • May 17, 2013 · 9:30 AM
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A good backpacking hike with access to the Hell Roaring Trail, East Creek Trail, West Fork Trail and Capitol Lake. This area is popular with horseback riders, hikers and backpackers. The trail begins from the parking lot and ascends through aspen reaching the intersection with the Hell Roaring Trail in 2 1/2 miles. Keep straight, the trail will cross Hell Roaring Creek and then descend toward Avalanche Creek. At the 5 mile point it crosses a meadow called Duley Park. The trail continues through aspen and reaches an intersection with the East Creek Trail about 7 miles from the start. Keep straight, the trail ascends, steeply in parts, to the intersection with Capitol Creek Trail at about 10 1/4 miles. Bear right to Avalanche Lake.

 

 

 

 

View from

Duley Park,

August 2008.

 

 

 

 

 

Limit: 8

Dogs Allowed: Yes – maximum 2 dogs - must be leashed and/or under direct verbal control at all times in Wilderness. Please pick up after your dog.

 

THE PLAN -

Friday 9:30 AM - Meet at Dos Gringos Burritos, 588 Highway 133 in Carbondale.

Directions:

Travel time from Denver: 3 hrs. http://goo.gl/maps/HG5Vd

Travel time from Grand Junction: 2 hrs. http://goo.gl/maps/8eQwg

From here we will caravan 1/2 hr to Avalanche Creek trailhead. Be hiking by 10:15-10:30. Camp either 5 miles upstream at Duley Park or 7.5 miles up to junction of West Fork and main Avalanche Creeks (or anywhere in between Duley and the junction). Base camp here for Fri and Sat nights.

Saturday: Exploration day - depending on snow/trail conditions, options to hike up toward Avalanche Lake, West Fork of Avalanche Creek, or Gift Creek.

Sunday: Hike out, go home.

 

There may still be snow on the ground or may be still muddy in mid-May, so pack your gaiters and extra socks, waterproof your boots.

 

Carpooling : Yes

Carpool Location : TBD

Scenery: 4 Outstanding

Difficulty: moderate, up to 5-7.5 miles per day

Solitude: 4 very few people

Trail Length: 5 to 10 miles each way

Elevations:

Start at 7,350 ft. Gradual ascent to...

...8,500 ft at Duley Park (5 miles in)

...9,200 ft at junction (7.5 miles in; 2.5 miles past Duley)

...Steeper ascent to 10,800 ft at Avalanche Lake (10 miles in; 2.5 miles past junction)

 

Additional information:

Forest Service website for Avalanche Creek trail

Forest Service Quicksheet including topo map

Weather forecast

 

Food Storage and Cooking: Bear-proofing precautions and practices are required. Please only sign up for this trip if you will be using bear-safe techniques (cook away from camp, store all food and odorous items in a bear-resistant canister, Ursack, or hang it in a tree away from camp). If you have questions, please ask me.

 

Attention: Out of consideration for the organizers time & effort in planning this trip, only sign up if you are serious about going and know for sure that you can actually attend. Any 'Yes' RSVPs that are 'No Shows' on the morning of the trip will have restrictions placed on their account for future trips.

As the trip organizer, I keep “SAFETY” as number one priority for the group, no exceptions! Please be courteous and considerate to all participants. If you have any concerns please let me know.

Waiver and Release:

Please Note: Participants attending this trip must sign the Colorado Backpackers and Campers Meetup Group - Terms of Understanding and Signup Sheet. This can be found on the site under: More - Files - Terms of Understanding and Signup Sheet.

 

How to sign up: RSVPs will open on April 26. Put your name on the wait list; send me an email with the following information. When I receive your information I will change your RSVP to Yes.

 

Email Julie (through the meetup link) the following info:

Full Name:

Email address:

Cell phone:

Emerg. Contact info - name and number

This will act as your electronic signature & acknowledgment that you have read and understand the Terms of Understanding and Signup Sheet . If this is not received, I cannot guarantee that you will receive all the trip info including trail head location, time changes, carpooling info, or other final planning information. If no response to this you may be removed.

Make sure you can attend before you RSVP 'Yes' for this trip. Please read the RSVP Policy at the bottom!

• The RSVP Policy is also located in our "About" section.

 

Contact: I will send out planning/reminder/coordination emails to all the 'YES' RSVP participants. These emails will contain my personal contact information so all participants can easily contact me with questions. I will expect a timely response to these so that I know you haven't forgotten, are still going, know what is going on and what is expected of you as a participant. If I don't get your response within a reasonable time frame, you'll be removed from the 'Yes' RSVP slot so others can sign up.

We will follow the PACK-IT-IN PACK-IT-OUT LEAVE NO TRACE current Wilderness regulations.

If you don't know what to pack see the SUGGESTED Backpacking List under More - Files on the Meetup site.

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  • Jeremiah M.

    On a scale of 1-10, you are an 11!

    May 20, 2013

  • Julie

    A ghostly good time.

    May 19, 2013

  • Steven E.

    I ll try and get a hold of him!!

    May 16, 2013

  • Julie

    Forgot till just now, but Steven or Jeremiah, someone has to kidnap Scarlet from Jeff!

    May 16, 2013

  • Brian C.

    Sorry for the short notice. It is probably best that I pass on this one. I had misread and thought it was later on Friday we where leaving. My gear isn't as ready as I want and hadn't had time to get to it. Another time Thanks!
    Brian

    May 16, 2013

    • Steven E.

      No worries we'll see you another time.

      May 16, 2013

    • Julie

      ok thanks Brian, see you some other trip.

      May 16, 2013

  • Steven E.

    Brain if you were able to be get ready and be at the RTD park n ride in old town arvada by 6:30 or the park n ride outside the Morison exit on i 70 by 6:45 you can ride with us. You'll need your own tent though and REI can help you there like Julie said it is short notice and wish we could have planned better but its a busy time of year for me

    May 16, 2013

  • Julie

    It's gonna be WET!

    Friday: Sunny, with a high near 58. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph. Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 38. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 15 to 20 mph. Saturday: A chance of rain and snow showers between 9am and noon, then rain showers likely. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Saturday: Night A chance of rain and snow showers before midnight, then a chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

    Sunday: A chance of snow showers before noon, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

    May 16, 2013

  • Brian C.

    Assuming I can go. Can I get a ride? Steven or Jeremiah? I live in Boulder. Where can I meet some one? Do we need snowshoes?
    I don't have a tent, anyone have space?
    Brian[masked]

    May 16, 2013

    • Julie

      Brian, you could rent at tent from REI or somewhere.

      May 16, 2013

    • Brian C.

      Ok

      May 16, 2013

  • Jeremiah M.

    Stephen is driving so, have to check with him. I am not taking snowshoes. If we get to a point we need them we can just turn around and camp at a lower elevation. I don't think there is going to be huge amounts of snow below 10k. More likely this will be a muddy trip.

    May 16, 2013

  • Debbie D

    Wish I could go way too many weekends at work

    May 15, 2013

  • Paula R.

    Sorry, but Charlie has changed his RSVP.

    May 13, 2013

    • Paula R.

      Have either pulled back muscle or threw my back/hip out of alignment. Currently am on painkillers and muscle relaxants with little or no relief.

      May 15, 2013

    • Julie

      Bummer! Sorry to hear that. Hope you feel better soon.

      May 15, 2013

  • David H.

    Consider showshoes as the snow depth is 25 to 45 inches at 10400 ft in that area .

    May 14, 2013

    • Julie

      Thanks, we might not go that high if it is very deep (or not me at least, no hauling of snowshoes for me!). Camp site in Duley Park is at 8,500 ft. The valley bottom up to the junction (at 9,200 ft) where the trail starts climbing to the lake I think should be snow free. My guess is no snow until over 10,000 ft esp. on the SW facing slope.

      May 14, 2013

  • Charlie

    I have had a conflict come up, I hope everyone has a safe trip.

    May 12, 2013

    • Julie

      OK sorry you can't make it! See you next time.

      May 12, 2013

  • Cindi

    Have a fun trip! I've already done Avalanche Ck several times.

    May 8, 2013

    • Julie

      Thanks, see you on another trip sometime.

      May 8, 2013

  • Julie

    Due to uncertainty about whether Kebler Pass road is going to be open by our trip dates and unknown trail conditions on the Dark Canyon route, I have decided to switch this trip to Avalanche Creek which is slightly lower elevation. See new details and meeting time & place in the description. If you decide you don't want to go due to the change, please feel free to change your RSVP.

    May 7, 2013

  • Julie

    Gunnison County Public Works said there is still a lot of snow on Kebler Pass, so I am guessing there is good chance that the road will not be open yet by mid-May. So I MIGHT be switching this trip to Avalanche Creek (near Redstone) - see http://goo.gl/aOk3Z for trail info - and postponing Dark Canyon till the fall. Avalanche trail is on a south-facing aspect and is pretty gradual, so I think we would be able to hike in much of the way.
    We can see what the conditions on Kebler are like next weekend and make the call then, but just want to let folks know about the possible change.

    May 3, 2013

  • Julie

    No way, Way. First things first: you must find your glove. Maybe by now it has made it onto geocaching.ccom. Good luck!

    April 9, 2013

    • Julie

      Way, I think you can do 2 backpack trips every 3 years, right? Sign up!

      April 26, 2013

    • Way

      I will when I find the nearest hotel to your designated backpack location.

      April 27, 2013

  • Julie

    Waitlist people - send me your info (read the instructions). Limit is 8.

    April 26, 2013

  • Way

    As a small token of appreciation for your event host (Julie), please bring her nuts and any dairy product. She'll love it so much that she'll blush!....hee hee.

    April 26, 2013

    • Julie

      Only if you also bring 10 Epi-pens and a case of benedryl!

      April 26, 2013

  • Lindsay

    Would love to attend this trip, hope to work it in. Would be me + 1 happy dog.

    April 26, 2013

  • Charlie

    +1

    April 26, 2013

  • Inga

    Looks fun! I may see if I can work this one in. :-)

    April 10, 2013

  • Way

    Julie, I wanna go soooooooooooooo bad! Please pick me. Did you say solitude? Love it. For approximately, max of 15min. Is that OK?

    April 9, 2013

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