We will start hiking at 9:15
Elevation Gain: 300ft
Distance: 2.8 mi loop
The trail winds through a thick forest. It gains about 300 feet of elevation over the entire loop.
Experts think Native Americans migrated through here on the Ute Trail. Those same trails were likely used by early prospectors and homesteaders. During the Gold Rush, there was a toll road outside the park back at the intersection of Highway 73 and Barkley Road.
Two homesteaders settled here in the 1800s, but the family that made this area famous was the Schoonhovens. John and Marguerite Schoonhoven started a cattle ranch here in 1948 that they called the Flying J. Maybe because John was a pilot was United Airlines. John reportedly had a grass runway in the meadow you drive through to get to the trailhead.
Directions: Google 9509 County Highway 73, Evergreen CO 80439 or travel south from Evergreen on County Highway 73 approximately 6.8 miles to the main trailhead entry road. From C470 and US Highway 285, take Highway 285 south about 12.5 miles to Aspen Park. In Aspen Park, just past the pink bridge, exit to the right and quickly turn left on Barkley Road. Take Barkley Road to County Highway 73. Turn north and travel 0.6 miles to the signed turnoff for Flying J Ranch Park.