Monument Creek Headwaters (rescheduled from Feb)

I've only done this one once 2 years ago.  We did it in the snow, and enjoyed ourselves. We had the whole place to ourselves. Maybe we will get lucky and have another such adventure.

*If this is your first event/hike with our group for 2014, please bring your $5 annual dues with you.  It will be collected before the event begins.*

Distance: 6 miles roundtrip, 300 foot elevation gain

Difficulty: moderate, due to length

The Hike

From the start of Forest Road 322A (it's a closed road), walk north for about a mile.  Here we will find a creek bottom and a outcropping of granite.  After passing over a small creek, continue for about 100 yards.  Here you will find a larger creek, and I've read a motorcycle skeleton.  From here the road starts to climb.  We'll turn left and follow Monument Creek.  Initially the trail may be a little sketchy.  It will on the right side of the creek.  We'll take this trail for 2 miles, going thru a wide marshy area of willow trees and some beaver ponds.  Continue thru this area sticking to the left branch of the trail (the main trail).  We'll continue on until we come to a spot where we will see  pond.  This is the halfway point and our main destination.  We can continue on for another 1/4 mile til the trail hits Rampart Range Road.

From here, we can walk down Rampart Range Rd (by turning left after arriving at the road). We'll then turn left onto Mount Herman Road in about a mile, then walk 2 more miles to the area where the cars are parked.

Or we can just backtrack on the trail.

To start the hike:

Take US Hwy 24 to Woodland Park.  Turn right onto Baldwin Street (McDonald's).  Drive about 3 miles.  Turn left onto Rampart Range Road.  Then in about 4 miles, the road will come to another intersection, turn Right onto Mount Herman Rd (Forest Rd 320).  Drive a little more than 2 miles.  You will see Forest Road 322A on your left.  Park on the side of Mt Herman Road here.

Call if you are lost/late/or need to cancel last minute: Sandy [masked]

http://gazette.com/monument-creek-headwaters/article/92051

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm bummed I wasn't able to join you guys.
    Time change soon WHOOHOOO!

    March 3, 2014

  • Chris S.

    I'm fighting a bad cold, so I'm going back to bed. Wylie is sooooo upset not being able to go. :(

    March 1, 2014

    • Sandy T

      Aww. Well miss you guys. The weather in woodland park is better than the springs. Warmer and no fog.

      March 1, 2014

  • Sandy T

    Let's meet in the parking area behind sonic and in front of McDonald's. There should be enough room there for all of us.

    March 1, 2014

  • scott

    Im planning on going. How long will the hike be? Have softball practice later that day.

    February 25, 2014

    • Sandy T

      I would estimate 3 hours

      February 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    With Stefanie in spirit.

    1 · February 24, 2014

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