Total distance: 6.8 miles round trip
Trail time: 4-5 hours
Degree of difficulty: Most Difficult (According to their website)
Starting elevation: 8,200 feet
Elevation gain: 1,120 feet
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Starts at Ralston Roost trail head. Some bouldering is required at the beginning of the trail, cairns help to mark the trail through this section. The trail reaches a summit at mile 2.25. The trail opens up at Rim Meadow, providing views of Mount Evans and Golden Gate Canyon. Ends at the Mule Deer trail.
We will meet in the visitor center by 9:45am. We will head out to the trail from Visitor Center by 10:00 am
This is a state park and there is a fee of $7 per vehicle. I have a pass and I can fit 3 people in my car.
Follow I-70 west to exit 265 for highway 58. Take highway 58 west to highway 93. Turn right (north) on highway 93 for approximately 1 mile to Golden Gate Canyon road. Turn left and follow Golden Gate Canyon road 13 miles to the Visitor Center.
What to bring
Water or fluids
Several layers of clothing, not just one big jacket
Hand and toe warmers - optional
Good hiking boots. Waterproof preferably
Wool socks and an extra pair as they may get wet
Gaiters - highly recommended
Poles - optional
Snowshoes - According to the website (from 1/28) There is no need for snowshoes. But as usual, if you have them, bring them. We'll investigate when we get there.
After hike shoes, clothes - optional