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Avenger Claim Loop (Pike National Forest)

  • Avenger Claim Loop (Pike National Forest)

    Kings Crown Road, Woodland Park, CO (map)

    38.984344 -105.033531

  • Let's meet in the parking lot at the end of Kings Crown Road (see directions below).
  • Just a Wal...

    Just a Wal-Mart's parking lot length southeast of Woodland Park, this little-used loop,along a limestone ridge hides choice views of Pikes Peak's fierce north face.

    Where to meet: Let's meet in the parking lot at the end of Kings Crown Road (see directions below).   Call me if you are late/lost or need to cancel last minute: Sandy[masked]

    To get there: Drive up U.S. Highway 24 to the outskirts of Woodland Park. Right onto Morning Sun Lane (which is across the street from Walmart).  In two blocks, turn left onto Sun Valley Drive. Follow it up a winding hill to its end. Turn right onto Kings Crown Road. Follow it less than a mile to its end. Park here.

    Hike: This hike explores a two-mile-long island of national forest land surrounded by private property,

    so it has more of an open space flavor than most trails in Teller County. Don't be surprised to see houses through the trees. Even so, this is a worthwhile spring jaunt. The southwestfacing slopes are almost always free of snow, even when glimpses through the trees of Pikes Peak's icy cap show winter still has a firm grip on much of the region.

    Start at the end of the road, heading south on a clear track through ponderosas and meadows just starting to flower. Stay right, avoiding trails climbing the hill. After about a half-mile, the trail will begin to drop toward the valley. Here, braids of path spread out, but they all lead to the same point, so follow your favorite.

    The trail bottoms out near some houses before shooting up again into the woods. After a few hundred feet of climbing, the trail comes to a T at an old road. Turn left.

    A longer variation along the ridge crest lies to the right. Hikers wanting to explore this route should take a good map and sturdy shoes.

    Following the easier left arm, the road gradually climbs along a slope of Manitou Limestone formed about 450 million years ago when this area was a shallow sea, then pushed up by the mountains about 80 million years ago.

    At the end of the road, which was built to explore the limestone for a possible quarry, pick up a trail continuing north. It contours for about a quarter of a mile, then comes to a fork. Turn left.

    This fork is easy to miss. If you encounter steady climbing, tending to the east, you?ve passed it. The correct turn quickly loops back to the original trail. Turn right and continue to the trailhead.

    Details: Dogs and bikes allowed. Limited parking.

    Trip log: 2.75 miles, 400-foot elevation gain, with longer variations.

    * If this is your first hike/event with our group for 2013, please bring the $5 annual dues with you. It will be collected before the event starts.*

    Call/text me if your are late, lost, or need to cancel last minute: Sandy. [masked]

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  • Sandy T

    Temps are predicted to be high of 9 at the end of our hike tomorrow. Im inclined to think thst is too cold for dog and human.

    December 6, 2013

    • Sandy T

      I think it's best at this point.

      December 6, 2013

    • Suzanne

      Yep, I do too.

      December 6, 2013

  • Karen K.

    It's just too cold for my little dogs (and me, too). Sorry. Have fun.

    December 5, 2013

  • susan m.

    too cold!!!!!!!!!

    December 5, 2013

  • Alana

    Sorry guys, can't afford the gas this time and my dog's feet are still very sensitive to the cold, so we're going to have to sit this one out.

    December 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sandy, thanks for organizing this! Looking forward to joining this meetup group! Where in Ohio are you from? I went to Oberlin College. Oh the 440! Your number takes me back! Looking forward to meeting you Saturday. :)

    December 1, 2013

    • Sandy T

      Thanks Sarah. I'm from the Northeast portion of Ohio. I grew up on and/or near the lake (about 30 mins east of Cleveland), in the "country".

      December 2, 2013

  • Bruce T.

    It's supposed to be really bitter cold this weekend. So dress in layers. May I also suggest "Micro Spikes" for your shoes:


    December 2, 2013

    • Karen K.

      Great point Bruce. Do you all go, no matter what the temp is?

      December 2, 2013

    • Sandy T

      Pretty much. If the weather is too frigid (or rainy), I will cancel about an hour before the event. Since this one is a bit further away...I'll aim for a 2 hour window for making the call.

      December 2, 2013

  • Sandy T

    Yeah, Petra! We haven't seen you in a while! I'll be looking forward to catching up.

    November 17, 2013


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