Carpool at Boulder Justice Center at 6:40am and leave by 6:50am.
We will meet at carpool location.
Address: 1777 6th St, Boulder, CO 80302
My cell number if you need to get in touch with me -[masked]
I have a pass and can get an entire car in for free. Hopefully we will have a couple other members with passes. If not, the fee is $20 for a car or $40 for a year.
- Starting elevation: 8,312'
- Ending Elevation: 10,283'
- Elevation Change: + 1,971' net elevation gain
- Difficulty: Moderate to Moderate Plus (depending on your experience and fitness level and trail/ weather conditions)
- Total hiking time: Approximately 4 to 5 hours
- Round Trip Length: 8.8 miles
Directions to Trailhead:
1) Take Highway 36 north 14 miles to the town of Lyons.
2) Remain on 36 to the Highway 7 intersection. Turn left onto Highway 7 towards Allenspark.
3) Remain on Highway 7 and look for the Wild Basin Trailhead Entrance on the left (approximately 37 miles from Boulder).
4) Turn left on the dirt road to the entrance station .15 miles ahead.
5) The trailhead and parking area are just past the entrance station on your right.
- Wild Basin is south of the main park and is a gorgeous area! This hike is long, but not very steep. This is an out and back that ends up at a lake with a sandy beach and probably freezing water, so don't bother bringing your suit.
- "Sandbeach Lake - one of Rocky Mountain's deepest at nearly 50' - is aptly named for its wide, sandy shoreline. Unlike most lakes in the Wild Basin Area that reside in narrow alpine valleys, Sandbeach Lake is located on a broad flat free of confining valley walls. Its open perimeter promotes exploration, and gives the area a uniquely spacious feel.
In 1988 the Park removed rock and dirt dams on Sandbeach Lake's outlet stream, replacing them with willows and brush to create spawning habitat for greenback cutthroat trout. A small but stable breeding population exists today. Good fishing and a beach-like feel make this a highly desirable overnight destination, and ubiquitous aspen and leafy ground cover make the Sandbeach Lake Trail a colorful autumn choice:
The Sandbeach Lake Trail rises quickly over the North St Vrain Creek basin through ponderosa, lodgepole, and aspen to the Meeker Park Trail split (1.35 miles : 8,990'). Below you to the north is Copeland Moraine - take a few steps along the Meeker Park Trail for a closer look.
The trail continues west on a mild but rocky grade lined by aspen and thick ground cover.Campers Creek is occasionally audible but seldom visible as you pass spurs for the Hole-in-the-Wall and Campers Creek backcountry campsites (1.88 miles : 9,172' and 2.1 miles : 9,265', respectively).
The rugged trail crosses a small creek (2.55 miles : 9,543') and continues steeply to theBeaver Mill backcountry campsite (3.0 miles : 9,680'). It levels off momentarily near theHunters Creek backcountry campsite (3.25 miles : 9,746'), crosses Hunters Creek (3.55 miles : 9,840') on a footbridge and begins a rocky, 443' climb to the north shore ofSandbeach Lake (4.4 miles).
Social trails circle Sandbeach Lake's long, open shoreline; clockwise travel offers terrific views of Mt Meeker (13,911') and easier lake access. Take note of krummholz and limber pine in the vicinity - neither are very common at this elevation, however the lake basin's size and exposure create hostile growing conditions similar to alpine environments where these are typically found." Protrails.com
- THE APRES HIKE: TBD
NOTES (PLEASE READ!!):
EXPECT VARYING TRAIL CONDITIONS
TEMPS/ WEATHER - GEAR AND
LAYER UP ACCORDINGLY!!
1) PLEASE READ, UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO OUR GENERAL RULES, PHILOSOPHY AND LIABILITY WAIVER ON THE MAIN PAGE
2) Bring extra water, as high elevations dehydrate the body at a faster rate.
3) Hiking poles would be helpful for some of the steep grades and uneven terrain. Spikes or yak trax are highly recommended in your gear just in case.
4) Please remember that mountain hiking might mean that we end up spreading out according to our pace and fitness levels. If you do split off ahead from the group, please wait at the summit for most of the members to arrive. If you can not complete the hike and need to turn back, please inform your organizer that you are leaving.
5) IF you run a carpool, or participate in a carpool, please coordinate with each other as to your individual pace and meeting back at the parking lot!