|Sent on:||Wednesday, June 20, 2012 10:35 AM|
Hi Hiking Freethinkers,
Weather permitting; there will be a hike on Sunday, July 1st. There will be 3 hikes from which to choose.
Hike 1) Hike to the top of Almagre Mountain. Out of every hike that I lead, this is the hike that gives a person the most “top of the world” feeling. I consider this a “must do” for everyone that can hike at this elevation. This is a relatively easy to intermediate level hike. This hike has about 500 ft elevation gain to the top of Almagre Mountain which is at 12,367 ft. The round trip is about 4 miles. We will need to carpool to the trailhead, in two or three phases. The first phase starts from the park-n-ride between Nevada and Tejon under interstate 25. We will be driving up Old Stage Road (west of the Broadmoor), then west on Gold Camp Road until we get to National Forest Road 379. From here, we will need to proceed only in 4 wheel drive (or all wheel drive) vehicles with relatively good ground clearance. I have a 4x4 Toyota Tacoma pickup with a topper on the back that can hold several people - but not very comfortably, but we may need more vehicles depending on how many people attend. The third phase may be having everyone climb into my pickup (in cab and in back) to go the last part. Only extremely good vehicles with high ground clearance and experienced drivers on rough 4 wheel drive roads should drive the last part.
Hike 2) Sesame Canyon Loop. The hike starts at the bottom of High Drive near the Bear Creek Nature Center. We walk up High Drive for about ¾ mile with an elevation gain of a couple hundred feet. Then the Trail up Sesame Canyon is relatively steep but is less than a mile long with an elevation gain of about 500 feet. This is the most difficult part of the hike. We then follow Cap’n Jacks trail which is relatively flat with short sections of up and down. We then go down Bear Creek Trail to High Drive and return to the parking area. The entire loop is somewhere around 8 miles.
Hike 3) 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 hikes should end late afternoon.