Lost Creek Wilderness
This hike is being organized with this group and the HardKore Hiking group, so there will be members from both groups attending this hike! :)
DISTANCE: 12.2 MILES RT
SKILL LEVEL: STRENUOUS (This is not a hike for beginners)
ELEVATION CHANGE: 8,760' - 12,421'
ELEVATION GAIN: +3,661' net elevation gain
ALL MEMBERS MUST JOIN THE WAIT LIST TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS HIKE... Members will be added based on my own and/or the groups past hiking experience with members and other factors. RSVP and no-show history will be considered as well. If you do not make it on the attending list for this hike, we will see you on the next one! :)
You do not have to camp to do this hike, but some of us will be camping Friday night, so we don't have to leave Denver so early... See camping section below for more info.
CARPOOLING: (5:30 Carpool Time, NOT the trailhead time.)
For those interested in carpooling from Denver, I suggest meeting at the ??? (TBD by members carpooling) in Morrison at 5:20 and leaving no later than 5:30. I will not be at the carpool location, but will meet attendees at the trailhead. We will leave the trailhead no later than 7:30.
FYI - I am not arranging camping for anyone, but am only letting you know where I will be if you want to come down and camp the night before. If you cannot be at the camp area before dark, please do not plan on camping with the group. I do not want people showing up at all hours of the night or after dark. Thanks!!
For those interested in coming down on Friday to camp the night before, I will be camping on a Forest Service road between the trailhead and Twin Eagles campground. I will be going down early on Friday and finding somewhere to pitch my tent. You can only pull your vehicle one car/truck length off the FS road, so you should be able to see my truck or tent from the road. I will tie balloons or something to my tent, so people know it is mine in case I am away in my truck or on my bike. :)
Below is a link to the map of the area and I have circled the location of the trailhead and the location I will be looking for a camp spot.
From Denver Colorado travel Hwy 285 past Aspen Park, Conifer, Pine Junction and Bailey. Continue to Kenosha Pass where you will find the Kenosha Pass campground. It is only one hour from Denver to Kenosha Pass. Continue to the tiny town of Jefferson and turn left on Park County 77 (Tarryall Road). This road is located directly before Jefferson's only convenient store. Continue 16.9 miles on the rough paved road to Tarryall Reservoir, it may have water it might not. The Ute Creek Trailhead (8,760 ft.) is 3.3 miles beyond Tarryall Reservoir on PCR-77 to the left. There is plenty of parking. It shouldn't take more than two hours to get to this TH.
Dogs must be leashed at all times on this trail (no exceptions).
Bison Peak represents the Lost Creek Wilderness "twisted granite" theme with all out passion. Bison Peak (12,431 ft.) and McCurdy Peak (12,168 ft.) reign supreme within the Tarryall Range. Bison Peak has an expansive summit plateau allowing you an endless opportunity to roam the rock gardens at will.
Bison Peak's standard Southwest Ridge Route is a class 1 hike on a good trail for almost the entire 12.2 mile RT. Also, the trailhead is at 8,760 ft. and the route gets southern sun exposure making this an ideal hike for early Spring.
Bring snacks, water, sunscreen, extra layers, traction devices and hiking poles. Be prepared for any weather conditions!!
By signing up for this hike you acknowledge that you are solely responsible for your own safety and will do the necessary research to understand the conditions of this hike and the gear you will require.
APRES-HIKE: (It is a little out of the way, but a good place)
Zoka's Restaurant & Bar
16940 S. Pine Valley Road, Pine CO
It is 7 miles South of 285 on Pine Valley Rd.Hwy 126