New Meetup: Lost Creek Wilderness - further explored.

From: Michael
Sent on: Saturday, May 22, 2010 3:32 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Colorado Backpackers and Campers Meetup Group!

What: Lost Creek Wilderness - further explored.

When: Friday, June 11,[masked]:00 AM

Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)

Hi all,

This three day, two night trip is about 6.5 miles in, and the same back out. We might go further depending on how everyone feels.

This is a trip geared towards adults, but I?m not one to exclude those physically capable of taking the trip. We will need to check the rules for fires before we go, as it may change. The websites indicate that it?s not too rough at first, and seems to be pretty good overall.

Due to a little car trouble, I wasn't able to go on Jeff's backpacking trip today. I really wanted to go, so I decided that I'd like to schedule another version of this. I met with Jeff last Monday and saw his intended trail, and I want to take another version of it. I noticed that there were a lot of people on the waiting list, so clearly there?s interest.

We will carpool, unless you truly ant to drive yourself, but it makes sense to have minimal impact on our way to a wilderness area. It seems a little silly to drive individually to the wilderness, when we could save a little bit of wear and tear by carpooling. So, we will meet in Denver at my house (halfway between Cherry Creek Mall and Lowry, near 6th and Colorado) at 8am Saturday morning. Two days prior to the event, I will send my address to those who confirm. I'll send a reminder confirmation email the weekend prior.

We leave at 9am, as this should give us enough time to figure out who is riding with who and get the cars loaded. For those leaving their cars behind, there is a church parking lot at the end of my block in a nice neighborhood. It's much safer than leaving your car in a park-n-ride.

We'll plan on three people plus any dogs per car (dogs allowed but expected to follow rules for the particular forest or wilderness area?bear bells are a good idea). Please offer to drive if you can, and remember that we are sharing expenses, so you'll need to split costs with the driver. Drivers should have adequate insurance coverage to cover any injuries from accidents. I recently was forced off the road by a hit and run driver, and have discovered that you have to go to your own medical coverage, which most people never change from the minimum $5000 per person coverage; it doesn't go far. Don't put anyone at financial risk.

I stole these from Jeff's event on May 22nd:

Directions to the trailhead parking. The roads are dirt and bumpy at times but cars will not have a problem on them (other than getting dusty)
? Turn right (south) at Pine Junction onto Jefferson County Road # 126 towards Pine and Buffalo Creek.
? Drive on County Road #126 a distance of 21.8 miles.
? Turn right (south) onto Forest Service Road #211 that leads to Cheesman Lake.
? After 2 miles turn right again (west at the sign pointing to Goose Creek.)
? Drive 1.1 miles in westerly direction until you reach a fork in the road.
? Bear left at the fork and stay on F.-S. Road #211.
? From this fork drive 5.2 miles to a road intersection just south of Molly Gulch Campground.
? Turn right and drive 4.7 miles to the Goose Creek Trailhead access road.
? About half way along this segment you will pass Goose Creek Campground.
? At the trailhead access sign turn right (north) and drive 1.3 miles to the trailhead parking

On this trip, we'll leave from the same trailhead that Jeff did, but this time we'll go west on Hankins Gulch. It looks like there's some good camping spots 3.75m up Hankins Trail. We'll stop there for night #1. Here's the details:

From there, we'll go just a bit further up the trail, to the junction of Lake Park Trail, where we?ll turn north:

The next morning, we can head up to Lake Park, about[masked] miles further up the trail; and camp there for night #2. There's another good-looking place on the map to camp.

I stole and altered the following from Brian, and it applies to most trips, I suppose!

Leave No Trace ? take only pictures, leave only footprints (so bring your trowel and a trash bag). Note that you?ll probably be burning north of 4,000 calories each day ? so be sure to bring plenty of high caloric food ? this is not the time or place to diet.

?10 +1 essentials?: 1) Map & Compass; 2) flashlight; 3) Food; 4) Water; 5) Protective Clothing; 6) Sunglasses, hat & sunscreen; 7) First Aid Kit; 8) Knife / Utility Tool; 9) Fire; 10) Whistle; 11) Insect repellent.

Your protective clothing should include, at a minimum, a rain shell, fleece, warm hat and gloves, with rain pants optional. You should bring lightweight shoes (e.g. sandals) for around camp. You should have sturdy, comfortable hiking boots. Carrying a pack at elevation is definitely harder on you than a day hike. Some like hiking poles, I am looking for a walking staff; clearly these are personal preferences. You need a pack, a rain cover, a shelter, such as a tent or bivy cover, a sleeping pad & a sleeping bag. You can rent packs and sleep gear at REI or other local outfitters; or you can make a deal with me, since I have gear in triplicate. Yes, it's older stuff, but works perfectly fine. If you need the newest, latest, and greatest that's been used, abused and sweated in by god knows who, go rent from REI. hah!

Please read the Terms of Understanding/signup sheet in the Files section; as I will be requesting everyone to print and then sign this sheet, bring it along with you.

If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me through MeetUp.

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