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Explore Above Palmer Lake Reservoirs to airplane crash

Hi Secular Hikers,

The hike for Monday, April 21st will be exploring the area above the Palmer Lake Reservoirs.  We will go up a new trail just past ice cave trail to a ridge just touching Douglas County.  From there we will go down then up to an airplane crash.  We will probably go beyond that making a loop before we return back to the trailhead.  Some or all of us will be going out to dinner after the hike at a restaurant in the area.

There is a good chance that there will be snow and ice on the trail.  I highly recommend that everyone on the hike have micro spikes for their boots (available at REI and elsewhere).

Some of us will be carpooling from the Woodmen Valley park-n-ride. To get there from Interstate 25 and Woodmen Road, go west to the first stop light, turn left (south) on Corporate Drive, turn right (west) at the first intersection onto Mark Dabling Blvd, take an immediate right turn into the parking lot.  We will be leaving this parking lot at 8:15 AM.

For the people who live north of Colorado Springs: You may want to meet the rest of us at the trailhead. From Highway 105 in Palmer Lake, go west 0.3 miles on South Valley Road, turn left onto Old Carriage Road. Go down this steep narrow one way road 0.1 mile. The trailhead is at the bottom of the hill. An overflow parking lot is a little east of the trailhead heading towards South Valley Crescent. The rest of us will be arriving around 8:45 AM.

Please bring enough water and snacks for the hike.

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

Rich [masked])

p.s. It costs me $72 twice a year to be a meetup organizer.  Would you please consider helping by sharing this expense?  If I receive about $0.50 per person (including guests) per hike or (to avoid a bunch of quarters) $1.00 per person about every other hike you attend, I would come out roughly even.

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  • Finn

    Yes I have the coordinates but I will have to dig them up. 8500 altitude sounds about right. The coordinates may also be on the Internet for the Captain Sydney Harrison plane crash. Interestingly, the graffiti and target shots stopped or decreased considerably after the Boy Scouts posted the plaque. Before that, the site was disrespected.

    April 21, 2014

    • Gene O.

      Susanne, I found the trail map to the plane crash site on everytrail.com, then used Google Maps Find Altitude to get the latitude, longitude, and elevation of the site. Here are the numbers and url:

      latitude:[masked] north
      longitude:[masked] west
      elevation amsl: 8348 feet

      trail map url: http://www.everytrail...­

      Gene

      April 26, 2014

  • John and Kym S.

    The trip to the plane was definitely great. Getting there has been a goal since I first heard about this site. As expected, Rich zeroed right in on it. We trekked 12 lovely miles and 1 rather horrid one up an almost-never-ending hill. Fun day!

    April 21, 2014

  • Finn

    Really wish I could go on this one. I would bring snowshoes if you have them and definitely a hiking stick or poles. I was about two miles from the plane yesterday and the snow is still deep in parts. The wreck is from 1952. The pilot is buried in Arlington.

    1 · April 20, 2014

    • Gene O.

      Susanne, do you have the altitude and/or GPS coordinates for the airplane crash site? I haven't been able to locate the site on Google Maps. John's altimeter was estimating 8500 feet AMSL. Gene

      April 21, 2014

  • Rich B.

    Everyone enjoyed this difficult hike to the airplane crash. Suzy (a leader of an international ladies hiking group) and Kym really liked learning the way there. We made it to the airplane crash without a lot of deep snow. However, past the airplane to the remnants of a cabin was a different story. The snow got so deep we had to abandon the trail and find another way there. Will, Kym, Suzy and I went up to the cabin. Our round trip mileage was around 13 to 13.5 miles. On the way back, we took a different way back for part of the way. We went down to a private road then down a trail that reconnected to the trail we were on the way to the plane crash.

    April 21, 2014

  • Gene O.

    Summary. This hike repeatedly kicked my a**, so it was a good hike! There were many places with snow and ice, and we still made it to the airplane crash site. Yahoo!

    Weather. Cool the whole day. Started sunny. By mid-afternoon, clouds thickened. There was some thunder, but none nearby. We were subjected to drizzle, followed by rain for about an hour.

    Numbers. Duration: 8 hours from trailhead to trailhead, which includes time spent for lunch at the crash site. Pedometer showed 12.5 miles traversed (the longest hike I've ever done), and I did not do the walk from the airplane crash to the cabin.

    Pictures are in the photos section.

    Gene

    April 21, 2014

    • Gene O.

      Picture upload completed. 64 pix in total.

      April 21, 2014

    • Gene O.

      Two aspirins will be needed to recover from the aches and pains resulting from this hike. ;(

      April 21, 2014

  • Rich B.

    Anyone attending this hike must meet at the trailhead by 8:45 AM. No one is meeting at the Woodmen Valley park-n-ride.

    April 21, 2014

    • Crystal W.

      I started the hike, didn't see the rest of the group. I'm at the reservoir now.

      April 21, 2014

    • Rich B.

      If you want to hike with the rest of the group you need to wait at the trailhead until we show up. Part of the group was there before 8:45. The rest was 2 minutes late.

      April 21, 2014

  • Mike V.

    Are dogs OK on this hike?

    April 20, 2014

    • Rich B.

      Yes, dogs are fine. There is already one coming. You need to meet at the trailhead. No one is meeting at the Woodmen Valley park-n-ride.

      April 21, 2014

  • John and Kym S.

    Finn, thanks for the heads-up about preparations.

    April 20, 2014

  • Elena M.

    Cannot attend again :( have an appointment

    April 16, 2014

  • Gene O.

    I will meet the hiking group at the trailhead.

    Gene

    April 15, 2014

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