Stratton Open Space to Gold Camp Rd

To get there

Drive west on Cheyenne Boulevard to the Ridgeway entrance.  This will be on the right, before you get to the North Cheyenne Canon park. If you see the Sacred Grounds coffee shop, you've gone too far.


The hike

We'll walk from Ridgeway over to the entrance off North Cheyenne Canon Road, then we'll begin the trail as listed.

The trail starts on a service road at the west end of the parking lot. Follow  the road up as it winds past a maintenance shack and water tower, and into the  trees. The road narrows to a trail and levels out as it comes alongside Gold  Camp Reservoir. At the north end of the reservoir, at a marked intersection,  take Gold Camp Trail left and let the climbing begin.

The trail switchbacks up the foothills through oak brush and ponderosa pines.  In early spring, the southeast-facing slope is a good place to spot wildflowers  and migrating birds. Near the top, the trail squeezes through a wooden fence and  joins the Chutes Trail for a few last steep steps to Gold Camp Road.

A pullout provides a sweeping view of the city, particularly stunning at  night (making this spot a favorite for full moon hikers and late-night teenage  parkers). Look straight north for the fins of Garden of the Gods. Northeast lie  the squat towers of downtown. Below, to the southeast, is the pinkish Broadmoor  resort. Wait long enough and the chimes of Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun will  echo from Cheyenne Mountain. Return the way you came.


Details

Bring a leash (as you may need it if the park is busy)

We will wait for 5 minutes after the scheduled start time for folks.  Call/text me, if you will be late, are lost, or need to cancel last minute: Sandy[masked]


 
• 3 miles round-trip + the dab we are adding by coming from the Ridgeway parking lot
• 700-foot elevation gain

• Moderate difficulty level


Read more at http://gazette.com/happy-trails-stratton-open-spaces-gold-camp-trail/article/55119#Vh0VY7rMEbVv5YB9.99

 

If this is your first event with the group for 2013, please bring your $5 dues with you.  They will be collected before the event begins.

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  • Alana

    To clarify, we're meeting at that parking lot at 9:30, right, not at the trailhead itself?

    November 9, 2013

    • Sandy T

      Correct. Meet at parking lot at ridgeway at 9;30.

      November 9, 2013

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