We will probably not need snowshoes but microspikes most likely.
Car pool: We haven't had problems with parking here in the past but if somebody is interested in car pool we can meet at the Wooly Mammoth Park-n-Ride (Section BB, across from Conoco) in Morrison at 9:50and leaving no later than 10:00. Worst case scenario we can go down to the strip mall where the restaurant is and "shuttle" people from there.
Don't forget that we are parking on the top parking lot. Also Don't park on the road.
We will meet at the trailhead by 10:15am (NOT AT Stagecoach Sports Grill). We will head out on the trail by 10:30 am
AS ALWAYS - IF YOU ARE LOST, OR RUNNING LATE - PLEASE CALL OR TEXT ME -[masked] (If you text me, please identify who you are).
32391 Stagecoach Boulevard, Evergreen CO 80439
1) Head SW on I-70W
2) Take exit 252 to merge onto CO-74 S/Evergreen Pkwy toward Evergreen Pkwy
3) Turn right onto Stagecoach Blvd
proceed 1.25 miles to the south parking lot on the right (ACROSS STREET FROM DOG PARK)
IMPORTANT! - There are two, main
parking areas to access this trail
system. WE will be meeting at the
lot across from the dog park off of
Stagecoach Blvd (see area at
bottom of map below). NOT AT
LEWIS RIDGE ROAD LOT!
Difficulty level - Moderate Plus
Trail Length 9.4 miles round trip: Meadow View Trail to Bergen Peak Trail and Bergen Peak
Trail Time Approximately 3.5 to 4 hours
From the wooded, rather flat summit of Bergen Peak the views are somewhat obscured due to the trees, however from a vantage point just south of the actual summit there are nice views in all directions except the north. From this rocky view point you can see the peaks of the Mt. Evans massif, including Epaulet Mountain, Spalding Mountain, Mount Warren and Mount Evans as well as Chief and Squaw Mountains to the west. To the south Thunder Butte can be seem and Pikes Peak rears it head in the far distance. Mount Morrison, Denver and the plains can be seen to the east.
On the trail to Bergen's summit, which comes up from the east, then circles around to the north and finally up the western side of Bergen Peak, there is at least one spot were there is a view off to the north of Longs Peak and the peaks of both the Indian Peaks and James Peak Wilderness areas. Elk Meadows and the eastern slopes of Bergen Peak consist of open grasslands and meadows at the lower, less steep elevations. Higher elevations include open ponderosa pine forests where elk and deer can be found. Higher yet, on the steeper slopes are dense forests of douglas fir and scattered aspen groves. And in the highest elevations the slopes are dominated by lodge pole pine
THE APRES HIKE:
30790 Stagecoach Blvd. #101
*Dogs are allowed on this trail, but should be leashed
I WILL MONITOR WEATHER CONDITIONS AS THE HIKE GETS CLOSER