Hike Bear Creek Trail maybe to Jones Park. May be your last chance.

Hi Secular Hikers,

There will be a hike this Sunday, November 2nd on Bear Creek Trail maybe to Jones Park.  This trail and many other trails in the Bear Creek Basin will probably be closed soon due to the Greenback Cutthroat Trout in Bear Creek.  Everyone is welcome on this hike.  It can be relatively easy to rather difficult depending on how far you hike on the way to Jones Park.  

For those who do not want to go all the way to Jones Park, they can turn around at any time and go back to their cars either by themselves or in small groups.  (It is easy to find your way back to your car.)

For those who do want to go all the way to Jones Park, we will be going to the remnants of two cabins before we head back to our cars. The elevation at the parking area is about 6600' and the elevation at the cabins is about 9400' which makes a total elevation gain of around 2800' and a round trip distance of around 10 miles. We will be getting back to our cars by late afternoon.

To get to the parking area from Highway 24 and 26th Street, head south on 26th Street.  In about 1 1/2 miles the road turns into Bear Creek Road.  Continue on Bear Creek Road.  In about 1 mile, Bear Creek Road dead ends and High Drive continues.  High Drive is a one way road going north (do not enter).  Also, at that location Gold Camp road crosses (again) and continues up.  Make a U turn and park on the east side of Bear Creek Road just south of the end of High Drive.  We will leave the parking area at around 9:00 AM.

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 8:30 AM.

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. If this is your first hike with the Secular Hikers or if you have already given more than $0.50 per person per hike you attended or $10.00 within the last year, please ignore this message.

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.

Rich Breidenbach, Leader of the Secular Hikers

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  • Felicity (Pip) B.

    A beautiful and very interesting hike, thanks Rich!

    November 3

  • Rich B.

    Everyone seemed to enjoy this somewhat difficult hike. Five of us made it to the cabins in Jones Park.

    November 3

  • Gene O.

    The conditions were mostly cloudy, cool, and somewhat windy. We had brief spritzes of rain, several times, while we were near or at Jones Park.

    The hike covered 9.65 miles, got as high as 9216 feet MSL, and gained 2549 feet in elevation from our cars near the trail head. A map of our route, along with additional stats, may be found here: http://www.movescount.com/moves/move44528075.

    Though similar to the Tenney Crags hike a couple of weeks ago in terms of miles covered and altitude gain, this hike was much easier. Unlike Tenney Crags, there were no very steep sections, just lots of scree to keep everyone's eyes focused on the trail!

    I've posted some photos to the Photos section.

    Gene

    November 2

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I was not able to get there this morning. Looks like a great day for a hike. I have only gone as far up the trail as the upper crossing of Bear Creek. Next time maybe all the way.

    November 2

  • jie L.

    Hi Rich, I have to cancel.

    November 1

  • Adam

    This will be my first hike with you all! I'll meet you at the trailhead since I live close by.

    October 27

  • Doris D.

    I'll join you at the trailhead, if the weather is decent. Am out of shape and may not get very far, but I'll give it a try.

    1 · October 27

  • Lon W.

    I may have to cut hike short need to be in Woodland park at 3:00. How much of the hike will I miss? lon

    October 27

    • Rich B.

      It is difficult to know how much you will miss. There is a chance you could see one or both cabins if you go back to your car faster than the rest of the group and I give you directions to the cabins when we get closer. The hike is worth doing even for the people who do not get to Jones Park.

      October 27

  • Rich B.

    For the people who hiked up to Tenney Crags on October 19th, we will be on the same trail for only a short distance. Also, anyone who made it to Tenney Crags, you should be able to make it to Jones Park to see the cabins. It is likely that this will be the last Sunday hike to Jones Park before the snow and ice makes this hike impossible without micro spikes on the bottom of your hiking boots. The Sunday hike on November 16th will be a short hike not going to Jones Park.

    October 26

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bear Creek is one of my favorites. I have never gone all the way to Jones Park. Anyone that is thinking about it, you should come along.

    October 26

  • A former member
    A former member

    Meet you at Bear Creek.

    October 26

  • Gene O.

    Rich, I'll carpool from the Woodmen Valley park-n-ride.

    Gene

    October 26

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