Fall Color Hike - Three Mile Creek

When: Sunday September 16, 2012

Time: 7:30 am at Car pool location

Let’s get out and see the fall colors on Three Mile Creek. This beautiful trail rises up through conifer and aspen forest following a stream. There are lots of stream crossings (wooden foot bridges for most) which make this great for dogs too. After the first 3 miles or so, the trail turns east and starts to climb through thinning forest and meadows offering great views. Steep switch backs take you to the tundra and Rosalie Pass where there are wonderful views of Mount Evans and Mount Bierstadt. This is a 12 mile roundtrip hike with 2,900ft of elevation gain so you need be a strong hiker to do this hike. Bring lunch, water, rain gear and hiking poles if you need them.

Round Trip Length: 12 miles
Elevation gain: approximately 2,900ft
High Point: 12,000 feet
Skill Level: Moderate to Strenuous
Dogs – yes, well behaved under control dogs only
Hiking Time: 7 to 8 hours with lunch stop

Directions to the Carpool location: C- 470 & Morrison Rd. There is a dirt parking lot on the west side of C-470 just north of Morrison Rd & east of S Rooney Rd (across from the gas station). Let’s meet there at 7:30am. I drive a white SUV X-3 and will stand outside the car. (Don't confuse this lot with the Wooly Mammoth lot on 1-70 & Morrison Rd.)

Directions to the Trailhead: From Denver, take US 285 west approximately 40 miles to Grant. Turn right (north) onto the Guanella Pass Road (CO Rd 62). This is a dirt road passable in most cars. Drive approximately 2.5 miles to the trailhead on the right (east) side of the road.
Important Note: This is a participate at your own risk event!

Hiking is risky. I am not a professional guide. By signing up for this hike you acknowledge that you are solely responsible for your own safety and will do the necessary research to understand the conditions of this hike and the gear you require.

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  • Don

    My dad is such a wimp. We hiked only 8 miles yesterday and I'm ready to go another 8 today but my dad is wimping out. I'll see all of you hounds on the next hike...if my dad doesn't wimp out!
    Billie

    September 16, 2012

  • Debra O'Neal B.

    I would love to do a shorter hike. My little guys wouldn't be able to do this long of a hike. So, we'll wait for another one. Have fun!

    September 15, 2012

  • Henry F.

    Two questions
    Can I bring the dog on a leash? Not sure if he will heel with new people and dogs.
    About how many hours roundtrip will the hike take?

    September 13, 2012

    • Henry F.

      7-8 hours might be a lot to ask of my dog for a first hike. He's a good dog but likes to play with everyone and other dogs. Hopefully there will be a shorter hike that we can join.

      September 14, 2012

    • Henry F.

      Thanks for your response.

      September 14, 2012

  • Don

    Whoever wrote this meetup did a fine job. Thanks so much for helping out with the posting

    September 14, 2012

  • Don

    All dogs need to be on a leash. As far as time goes my hiking group hiked this trail last week. Some of us made the whole 12 miles and some of us went as far as we could. This is a great choice.

    September 14, 2012

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