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
Good hiking boots
Rain Gear – use your judgment
Headlamp – in case something goes awry and the day runs longer than expected!
Poles – optional