Eldorado Canyon - Walker Ranch Lollipop Loop - STRENUOUS - 14 Miles

Trip Description: Eldorado Canyon - Walker Ranch Lollipop Loop

Distance: 13.8 Miles Round Trip

Elevation Gain: Up and down, but total elevation gain is approximately 3,700 feet.

This will be a strenuous hike and a long day.  Please do not sign up for this trip unless you are able to hike comfortably for the entire day with elevation gain.  Also, please be aware that this is a multi-use trail and sections will be shared with mountain bikers and horses.  As a big group, we will need to be courteous of these other groups sharing the trail.

 

The Eldorado Canyon - Walker Ranch Lollipop Loop connects the Eldorado Canyon Trail and Walker Ranch Loop to form a challenging 13.8 mile route through archetypal Colorado Front Range terrain. Serene pine forests, deep canyons, colorful cliffs, rich wildlife and frequent elevation changes distinguish these demanding trail segments. While many hikers and runners will explore portions of this route in a day, few attempt the entire course.  For more information see the website: http://www.protrails.com/trail/boulder-denver-golden-fort-collins-lyons-eldorado-canyon-walker-ranch-lollipop-loop.

 

 

Meeting Place: Eldorado Canyon is a State Park with limited parking and an $8 per vehicle fee.  We will meet at the Louisville/Superior Park-N-Ride around 7:45 a.m. and leave to head out for the trail no later than 8:00 a.m.  Please be prepared for a long day.  If you are not meeting us at the carpool location, please be at the Eldorado Canyon Trailhead/Visitor Center Parking Lot ready to go by 8:30 a.m.

US 36 and McCaslin PnR

Address: 7931 Marshall Rd., Superior
Location: US 36 and McCaslin Boulevard
Parking Spaces: 466

(Please note that unless you are a resident of the RTD metro district with license plates registered in the district, there will be small fee for parking in this lot.  Most everyone, however, is likely a metro district resident.  If there are questions, there is a tool on the RTD website to confirm your residency/registration in the District).

 

Apres Hike: To be determined, but I am leaning toward Old Chicago unless folks have another idea in the vicinity of the Park-N-Ride.

 

What to Bring:

As always, you are responsible for your own safety and well-being on this hike, but here is some suggested gear:

Water/Fluids for a full day

Lunch/Snacks – Our Apres Hike gathering is likely to be more along the lines of happy hour/dinner than a late lunch.

Several layers of clothing

Gloves

Good hiking boots

Extra Socks

Rain Gear – use your judgment

Headlamp – in case something goes awry and the day runs longer than expected!

Poles – optional

 


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  • Shawn

    Major coordinate problems for me getting to trailhead. I am way off course.

    April 21, 2013

    • Beth

      Hey Shawn -- sorry we missed you and sorry about the typo but the phone had no service anyway. Hope you had a good day.

      April 21, 2013

    • Shawn

      No worries, it happens. I think the coordinates on the pro trails site were the issue. I was able to hook up with Jen's hike and had a good day.

      April 21, 2013

  • Shawn

    Tried to text Beth, but number posted came back as a landline.

    April 21, 2013

  • Shawn

    Looks like I can't find this one. Going to try and catch up with the Trails and Ales group at Deer Creek Canyon at 9:15 and see if I can tag along with them.

    April 21, 2013

  • Beth

    Hi all... There seems to be a bunch if last minute injuries/illnesses. It happens. Unfortunately, I'm not in a place where I can add people off the wait list. If you are on the wait list and still want to attend, please email me or text at[masked] and I will add you tonight. Thanks and see everyone tomorrow!

    1 · April 20, 2013

    • Justin

      I'll be there. Dying...

      April 20, 2013

    • Rob

      Beth I am running late and your above number is disconnected so I am unable to reach you.

      April 21, 2013

  • Lindsay

    Christie and I are meeting at the trailhead too

    April 21, 2013

  • Shawn

    Meeting at trailhead

    April 21, 2013

    • Beth

      Thanks!

      April 21, 2013

  • Katy

    Woke up sick this am. Sorry for the last minute notice.

    April 21, 2013

  • Melissa

    Still sick.

    April 20, 2013

  • Chris

    Sorry to cancel but I'm having some trouble with an ankle and don't think it will handle a long hike tomorrow. Have fun.

    April 20, 2013

  • Timothy S.

    Unfortunately, I am just now realizing I have a final exam on Monday night which I'll need to cram for on Sunday. This is a great hike, I hope you all have a blast!

    Tim

    April 19, 2013

  • Timothy S.

    Regrettably I can no longer make this trip. I hope someone on the Waitlist can snag my spot.

    April 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm in Commerce city and the bus trip to the PnR for carpooling doesn't work out that early in the morning. I can get to the 36 further south if anyone can get me from there. I really want to go. 14 mi is just my cup of tea.

    April 16, 2013

  • Dahlia

    I really want to do this but I don't think I can make my plane in time. Have fun!

    April 15, 2013

  • Rob

    Looks like I need to be available for a new renter moving in that day. If that changes soon enough, I will try and get back onto this hike... looks like a good one!

    April 10, 2013

  • Leila

    I will be in Fruita for mtn biking weekend so will miss ya all..but I suggest the Southern Sun brewerey apres hike..excellent beer and good pub food..try them! PS they only accept CASH!! LOL

    1 · March 18, 2013

    • Rob

      Yes, the ATM there collects a handsome fee lol

      March 18, 2013

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