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Bison Peak - Overflow (Early Group)

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.

CAMPING:

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.

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B5GZGwRwCmY0MXJvdWpGREZIQ28/edit?usp=sharing

GETTING THERE:

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.

TRAIL RESTRICTIONS:

Dogs must be leashed at all times on this trail (no exceptions).

TRAIL DESCRIPTION:

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.

EXTRAS:

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

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time. Thanks Krista!

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • Debbie P.

    wonderful weekend

    1 · May 18, 2013

  • Krista

    Trail Condition & Weather Update: Just called the Ranger Station and he said that down low the trail is pretty clear of snow, but up over 11,000 & onward to Bison it will be snow covered. He did not think there was much depth though and didn't think we would need snowshoes, but suggested traction devices. You will have to make the call on whether you want to bring your snowshoes just in case. He also mentioned that there is a chance for rain in this area on Saturday, but that he would still do the hike. I plan to do it and will just keep my fingers crossed for no downpour, but be prepared.. I will see most of you all tomorrow for camping and the rest of you Saturday morning!! :)

    May 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for the update, Krista. I'll still be there. Rain would feel pretty good on my face right now! haha

      1 · May 16, 2013

  • Audrey

    Is anyone else wanting to just head up Saturday morning?

    May 15, 2013

    • Krista

      Audrey..i think everyone else in this group is camping, but I think there are some people with the HardKore group going down on Saturday..

      May 15, 2013

    • Tom

      I am heading down on Sat as I do not think I will be ready to get out of town and camp

      May 16, 2013

  • Tom

    I am in Parker and a good route is south through Castle Rock and on to route 67 I believe and I would like to carpool. Let me know

    May 15, 2013

  • Krista

    Steven...I just noticed that you are way out numbered on this hike...LOL :) Good thing there are a few guys from the other group joining us..

    May 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think I was the first to join... ;)

      May 14, 2013

  • Ali

    Is anyone interested in carpooling on Friday to camp?

    May 14, 2013

    • Ali

      Steven: 4/4:30 was the same time I was planning on heading up, so that would work for me if you have room. I'm in Cap Hill and can meet anywhere, so just let me know when/where. Here's my email: [masked].

      May 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I have room. If you're in Cap Hill/close to downtown i could pick you up around 4 or 4:15, as I'm picking Alex up at 4:30 downtown. Feel free to shoot me a text or call at[masked] to work out the details. My car is now full with four of us :)

      May 14, 2013

  • Leila

    I don't think I am fit enough for this hike right now..changing to "no'. have a great safe journey!

    May 14, 2013

  • Krista

    Hey Everyone....I have updated the event to include a link with the map of the area and the area I will be looking to pitch a tent on Friday. I will be leaving early Friday and depending on cell service I may not be reachable prior to meeting at the trailhead. For those of you who have contacted me regarding camping I will see you on Friday...I will see the rest of you at the trailhead on Saturday! :)

    May 14, 2013

    • Ali

      I just got Friday off from work so I would like to camp as well, thanks for the map!

      1 · May 14, 2013

  • Joe L.

    sorry -- I had a work thing come up and sadly won't be able to hit the trail (or ales) with you all!

    May 14, 2013

  • Sarah M.

    I'm just RSVPing for one, but can leave at any time if a spot is open. Let me know if you want me to move.

    May 3, 2013

    • Krista

      Sarah.. There are a few of us that are camping down there the night before. I sent an email out, but I think it was before you were on the attending list. I have a map of the area I will be looking to pitch a tent at if you are interested let me know and I can forward you the email and map. :)

      May 11, 2013

  • Joe L.

    let me know if a spot opens up -- this would be fun!

    April 15, 2013

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