"Extreme Adventure" hike to Green Settlement and Greenwood Park

 

 

Hi Secular Hikers,

 

Weather permitting; there will be an "Extreme Adventure" hike on Sunday, July 21st to Green Settlement and Greenwood Park. These are ghost towns southwest of the top of Muscoco Mountain. The hike starts on the Mount Cutler trail and then goes up on the shoulder of Muscoco Mountain and then back down to Daniels Pass. From there we continue going down on a "trail" to Green Settlement and Greenwood Park. This old "trail" is extremely overgrown a large portion of the way down. It is very easy to get off the trail and not know what happened to the trail. A great deal of "bush whacking" will most likely be required.

 

We will also be going to an overlook above South Cheyenne Creek. From here, Twilight Canyon is extremely spectacular. However, getting to the last lookout is not for a novice hiker. Scrambling down and then up to this lookout is very difficult and dangerous. The last few steps to the end of the lookout could be fatal if extreme care is not taken. Only experienced hikers that I know well and trust their ability will be allowed on this part of the trip.

 

Overall I rate this hike difficult. Going to the end of the lookout is extremely difficult and dangerous. On our return to the vehicles, we will be going back up to Daniels Pass and then back down towards North Cheyenne Canyon Road. Just before we get to the road we have to cross North Cheyenne Creek. From there we walk on the side of the road back to the parking lot.

 

The parking lot at the trailhead is very small, so we will be parking offsite and carpooling to the trailhead parking lot. We will meet at the Starsmore Center, which is located west of the intersection of Evans Ave., West Cheyenne Blvd., North Cheyenne Canyon Road and South Cheyenne Canyon Road (which leads to Seven Falls). There are 2 parking lots near Starsmore Center; we will meet at the parking lot closest to the Starsmore Center. This parking lot is just south of South Cheyenne Canyon Road. Turn left into the parking lot immediately after passing the intersection of all these streets.

 

We will be leaving this parking lot at 9 AM.

 

The Mount Cutler trailhead is a mile or two up North Cheyenne Canyon Road on the left.

 

Please bring enough water and snacks for the hike.

Please let me know if you plan on attending the hike. If you change your mind, please let me know that also.

 

"Extreme Adventure" hikes are designed for the "above average" hiker that I know well and trust their ability on difficult and dangerous portions of the hike. However, since the extremely difficult and dangerous portion of this hike can be easily left out by anyone who does not want to do that or by people that I do not think should do that, this hike is open to anyone who is interested.

 

Rich [masked])

 

The tentative hiking schedule from July 21st through September is:

 

Sunday, August 4th, Palmer Lake and Reservoirs (lead by Susanne Sener)

Sunday, August 11th, Catamount Trail (lead by Diane Freed)

Sunday, August 18th, Almagre Mountain

Sunday, September 1st, Chautauqua Trail 715 to the top on Mount Herman

Saturday, September 7th, Tenney Crags

Sunday, September 15th, Pancake Rocks

 

I tried my best to match the desires of the group in determining the hiking schedule.

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  • Rich B.

    Thanks to everyone for the great pictures of Sunday’s hike and thanks for the GPS information from Joe and Sean. I will use this information to better describe the hike next time I lead it. Also, if you enjoyed Sunday’s hike, I am sure you will enjoy Tenney Crags which is tentatively scheduled for SATURDAY, September 7th at least as much. The scenery in Tenney Crags is spectacular and there is lots of opportunity for climbing amongst the rocks.

    July 23, 2013

  • Nichole

    Awesome hike!

    July 21, 2013

  • Joe

    good hike, Rick tks for leading…

    mapmyhike link is
    http://www.mapmyhike.com/routes/view/250646621

    July 21, 2013

  • Tom P

    Great hike...lots of fun man!

    July 21, 2013

  • Sean

    Awesome hike! Wish it was a bit cooler, but you can't have everything!

    July 21, 2013

  • Rich B.

    Almost everyone really enjoyed this hike. It was a little difficult for one or two on the hike. The scenery was really great and everyone enjoyed exploring the ghost town. A few said it was the best hike they have been on for a long time.

    July 21, 2013

  • Gene O.

    This was a very difficult hike for me, though I completed it.Others on this hike did not seem to have issues.

    My pictures are posted to the photos section.

    July 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I apologize for canceling so late, but it seems that my lone pair of hiking shorts has decided to depart for a holier place :(

    July 20, 2013

  • Finn

    Sorry to cancel. Hoping August will be better.

    July 20, 2013

  • John and Kym S.

    There will be 4 of us - John, son Cory, daughter-in-law Dana, and Kym. Can we count John as a member? Site said I can bring only 2 guests.

    July 19, 2013

  • Finn

    Sadly, my work schedule is horrible right now. Hoping for improvements in August. waaa.

    July 19, 2013

  • Gina R. N.

    I'm a novice hiker...not yet ready to tackle this one.

    July 15, 2013

  • Nichole

    I wont be going on the final extreme leg of the hike but i'm looking forward to the rest of the hike :)

    July 15, 2013

  • John and Kym S.

    May bring more than one, buy at this point it is John and I.

    July 12, 2013

  • Sean

    I finally get some time to join you on a hike after lurking for so long. I've summited Muscoco before, but never knew about the Green Settlement area. It sounds like a great hike!

    July 12, 2013

  • Rich B.

    Bushwhacking does not require bringing a machete or some other tool to clear away branches? It does mean that we have to maneuver around bushes and trees when there is not a trail. I do not see that the announcement states a 3 hour duration. We should be finished with the hike by mid afternoon.

    July 12, 2013

  • Finn

    Finn will stay home for this expedition!

    July 12, 2013

  • Finn

    Good time to celebrate the end of this wicked work project.

    July 12, 2013

  • Gene O.

    Can you confirm the overall duration of this hike? It's showing as three hours.

    July 12, 2013

  • Gene O.

    I'm going to skip the abnormally dangerous section of this hike.

    July 12, 2013

  • Gene O.

    Rich, does the bushwhacking require the hiker to bring a machete or some other tool to clear away branches?

    I will sign up for this hike, and will skip the abnormally dangerous section.

    July 12, 2013

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