|Sent on:||Sunday, April 22, 2012 2:53 PM|
Hi Hiking Freethinkers,
Weather permitting; there will be a hike on Sunday, May 6th. There will be 4 hikes from which to choose.
Hike 1) Section 16 - also known as the Palmer Loop Trail. This is a easy to moderate hike to go up but quite steep coming back down. There is also a very nice side trail overlooking Crystal Park that we will probably want to take.
Hike 2) Waldo Canyon Trail. I consider this an intermediate difficult hike. It is almost 7 miles round trip and about 1000 feet elevation gain.
Hike 3) Jones Park Loop. This hike begins with Seven Bridges Trail then goes up to Jones Park. We come down Bear Creek trail and returning on Buckhorn Trail. The round trip is about 7 miles with 1952 ft. elevation gain. I consider this hike to be somewhat difficult. It is rated a 3 boot in the Gazette Happy Trails.
Hike 4) Chautauqua Trail 715 to the top on Mount Herman. It starts on the south west edge of the town of Palmer Lake and heads towards Mount Herman. There are short sections that the trail is extremely steep (in some locations to avoid walking in Monument Creek). Overall the trail has a relatively gradual incline. I would rate this trail as intermediate to somewhat difficult. Round trip is 10 to 12 miles to the top of Mount Herman, about 1500 ft. elevation gain.
We will be stopping to eat snacks around noon on all of these hikes. The first two hikes should end by early to mid afternoon; the 3rd and 4th hikes will probably end late afternoon.
p.s. If you vote for a hike and that is the one selected, you are expected to attend. If you do not, your vote will count less in the future.