NEW DATES: MONDAY 7/9TH TO WEDNESDAY 7/11TH
Meetup: This is a Western Slope Adventures event with invitation posted to Colorado Backpackers and Campers. All RSVP is to be done at WSA meetup site.
Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness - Moderate or Strong Beginners trip.
This trip requires a shuttle car for the loop - Lost Man Trailhead, 10,460 to Roaring Fork Trailhead 11,500 - four mile shuttle (chance of visiting Independence Historic sites too). This is an 8.2 mile loop backpacked in two days with one day layover to explore.
Maximum participants at 6 plus 2 organizers.
Its special attraction is the high glacial river valleys on the western slopes of the Continental Devide and the high open valleys at their headwaters are exceedingly scenic. Typical area follows glacier-carved valleys, climbing to top of one valley crossing over a pass and then descending into another valley. This hike follows Lost Man Creek, for 5.5 miles to its source at Lost Man Lake, then climbs over Lost Man Pass and descends along the Roaring Fork River to Roaring Fork Trailhead. Most of hike is through subalpine meadowland just below timberline. Terrific open valley vew, great wildflowers. The best scenery will be in front of us if we start at Lost Man Trailhead.
First day Monday, July 9th: Meet at Lost Man trailhead on a short road opposite the entrance to Lost Man Campground. Trails starts by going left west side of reservoir. The campground is at 10,490 feet elevations. Backpack to near the foot of South Fork Pass about 3.7 miles to an elevation of 11,600 and camp at a creek at the bottom of South Fork Pass. This will put us in good position to hike towards the pass.
Second day Tuesday, July 10th: Lay over day to climb South Fork Pass or possible visit to Terrels Lake a pretty spot on the north side of Gleissier Mountain.
Third day Wednesday, July 11th: 4 1/2 miles out, over Lost Man Pass at 12,820. If energy allows side trip to Independence Lake and Linkins Lake, exit Roaring Fork trailhead, finish shuttle. Stop for dinner or what ever folks feel like doing.
Elevation range: 10,490 - 12,820.
Dogs are allowed - maximum 2 dogs. Organizers are bringing Sammy our dog, voice command, bring leash and follow wilderness regulations.
Mosquito MAY be an issue please bring Deet or something that works for you. Be sure to follow Pack-it-in and pack-it-out, Leave no Trace Practices and Wilderness Regulations
Directions to trailhead:
Drive 13.7 miles east of Aspen on Hwy 82 to Lost Man Campground. On the north side of the hwy, directly opposite the entrance to Lost Man Campground, you will see a short road leading to a parking area near the Lost Man Trailhead where the hike begins. Meet at this trailhead with exception of TBD person who will go to Roaring Fork Trailhead.
The Roaring Fork trailhead is located 4.0 miles further up Hwy 82 towards Independence Pass. We will leave car to complete loop (if not a bicycle its all downhill).
Trailhead is our meeting point for Monday, July 9th. It is about a 3 hour drive from Grand Junction. Meet at 10:00 am.
Information: Aspen Ranger District [masked].
Fishing is good for cutthroat trout, except Deadman Lake. Don't forget your license.
Procedure for signing up on this trip:
Assure you can attend (time off work)
Your rsvp will automatically place you on wait-list, then send email to organizer [masked] with the following details:
Your Name, email address, daytime phone number, and emergency contact name and contact number- experience level with backpacking and any questions you may have.
Once information is received you are considered RSVP and will be moved from wait-list to RSVP list. You will receive emails and possible phone calls and be acknowledged of your participation. This information also serves to contact you with final details, copies of topo maps, or last minute changes.
You are responsible for transportation to and from trailhead. Carpool with us possible from Grand Junction, or participants can organize carpool by contacting each other at comment section or email.
Also, your email is also your understanding that by attending this meetup event you understand that backpacking has its inherit risks, including but not limited to all injuries were there is no 911 help. You are responsible for your own safety, the equipment to keep you safe and your travel through the back country. All decisions are made with safety always being top priority.
Please attend if you RSVPing yes in consideration for organizers and other members who are placed on wait list. Its time consuming to plan - your last minute cancellation will most likely be unfilled, no shows may place limitation on future trips. Its appreciated by most Meetup events and groups. Thanks for understanding this point. Hope to see you out there enjoying wilderness travel.