April 10 Round Mountain After Work

Our first after-work hike of the spring!

NOTE THE DATE: 4/10/2014

We'll hike 3.2 miles straight up to the saddle of Round Mountain (about a mile past "sink rock").

This is a sustained uphill climb- you should have a base level of fitness to participate. We'll be turning around just past the 3-mile marker in order to make it back before it gets too dark. Bring your headlamp!

Trail details:

• Distance: 6.4 miles round-trip

• Beginning elevation: 5,750

• Ending elevation: approx 7,500

• Elevation Gain: 1,800

• Skill level: Strenuous

Departure times:

4:50pm at JJ's in FoCo
5:10pm at Kmart in Loveland
5:30pm at the trailhead

Directions to the trailhead:

Travel on U.S. Highway 34 up Big Thompson Canyon west of Loveland, four miles past the mouth of the Canyon. Viestenz-Smith Mountain Park used to be on the right before it floated away, and on the left a short dirt road provides access to the trailhead parking lot.

Carpool Locations:

(Please contribute for gas as appropriate for the distance.)

Kmart- 2665 West Eisenhower Boulevard  Loveland, CO 80537

JJ's - S Taft Hill Rd & W Harmony Rd, Fort Collins, CO 80526

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  • Deanne

    I got a little lost but had a great time running up the trail to catch up! Great weather, great folks, great fun!

    April 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time -- thanks everyone!

    1 · April 10, 2014

  • Deanne

    Cant find ot

    April 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Three of us are leaving JJs at 5:06. Did not see Kevin here.

    April 10, 2014

    • Kevin L.

      We're leaving Loveland now. Four of us. See you at th

      April 10, 2014

  • Deanne

    I am on 287.... See you at the trailhead

    April 10, 2014

  • Noreen

    I will meet you guys at Kmart in Loveland.

    April 10, 2014

  • Gary J.

    Went to the top Monday. Almost snow free except for small areas on the trail that are no big deal. No traction needed, especially in the afternoon.

    April 9, 2014

    • Deanne

      Thanks Gary, good to know. I am looking forward to tonight!

      April 10, 2014

  • Jim D.

    Thanks Kevin ; I'll give it a shot; bring my headlamp +plan to charge it today. I plan to go as far as I can ; and join you on the return trip. And, of course share some homebrew with you in the parking lot.
    this should work if the trail is easy to follow.

    April 9, 2014

  • Sabre P.

    I am rethinking this evening hiking thing...until it starts being light longer...my night vision isn't so great. Have fun!

    April 8, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      this is the best that it gets as far as daylight!!!

      April 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm headed to Georgetown to snowshoe Silver Dollar. Have fun everyone!!!

    April 9, 2014

  • Casey

    Have an invite to ski........

    April 8, 2014

  • Jim D.

    I'm really interested; but know this will challenge me.Is this an out-and-back hike, if so I'll plan on hiking as far as I can get (at my pace), and rejoin you on the way down.
    And would like to share some home brew at trail's end. If that sounds OK , I'd like to join you.

    1 · April 7, 2014

    • Kevin L.

      Hey, Jim. I'm on the fence on this one. I don't know if you know the trail, but it's pretty much straight up for the first two miles so I'm not sure we would be together for long and it's not as well travelled as, say, Horsetooth, and we'll be finishing after dark. But we'd love to share your beer, of course. And if you want to still come, we'd at least make sure you had returned safely at the end. Give it some thought and come if you feel comfortable with all that.

      April 7, 2014

  • Carol

    Kevin, just a clarification: Email says Thurs. 4/24, this post says 4/10. Which date is correct?

    April 6, 2014

    • Kevin L.

      This one is definitely 4/10--this Thursday. I messed up on the original invite. Sorry.

      April 6, 2014

    • Carol

      thank u!

      April 6, 2014

  • Gary

    will be going on the hike. Have to work now on Thursday so skiing is out for me. Should be fun. Haven't been up there for a while.

    2 · April 6, 2014

  • Gary

    I am interested in this. Chance I might go skiing instead if the snow conditions are conducive. Haven't gotten near my money's worth out of my pass yet.

    April 6, 2014

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