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.
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.
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
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)
Forest Service website for Avalanche Creek trail
Forest Service Quicksheet including topo map
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:
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.