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Whale Peak - 13,070' - Moderate+

  • Jul 21, 2013 · 6:00 AM

THE PRE-MEET:

 

6AM IS THE CARPOOL PRE-MEET TIME, NOT THE

TRAILHEAD TIME!


WE WILL ALL PRE-MEET AT THE Wadsworth and Hampden RTD Park and Ride between 6am and 6:15am - LEAVE BY 6:20am.


WE ARE HOPING TO START HIKING AT LEAST FROM THE HALL VALLEY CAMPGROUND (ABOUT A MILE FROM THE TRAILHEAD UNLESS WE CARAVAN UP FROM THERE IN HIGH CLEARANCE VEHICLES) by approximately 7:45am.

 

DIRECTIONS:

From the Wadsworth and Hampden Park and Ride (just south of Hampden/285 on Wadsworth) in Lakewood.

 

1. Take the exit onto US-285 S toward Fairplay (approximately 50 miles)

2. Turn right onto Co Rd 60/Hall Valley Rd

Destination will be on the right 4.4 mi

Hall Valley Campground County Road 60

Dillon, CO 80435

3) To find the trailhead for Whale Peak you have to begin by taking the gravel road up Hall Valley where unless you have a high-clearance vehicle, you might find it best to park at the Hall Valley Campground. [Note: If you park at the Hall Valley Campground, this adds about a mile each way to your hike - this distance IS included in the length of the hike as shown below.] The road up to the campground is found on the north side of Highway 285 about 4 miles EAST of the summit of Kenosha Pass. Once you've parked near the campground, hike up this road about another mile to find the actual trailhead.


 

- Hall Valley Campground

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The trailhead, about a mile from the campground (accessible with high clearance vehicles)

THE TRAIL:

STATS:

Trailhead Elevation: 10,316'

Top Elevation: 13,078 feet

Elevation Gain: 2,832 feet

Trail Type: Out-and-back

Skill Level: Moderate+

TOTAL MILES: APPROXIMATELY 8

Duration: 4.5 to 5 hours (approx!) 

From the parking area, the trail drops down to and crosses the North Fork of the South Platte River. The trail joins and then parallels Lake Fork as it climbs gently up to treeline and winds its way through alpine meadows full of wildflowers to reach Gibson Lake, a lovely alpine lake with reputedly good trout fishing. Bring INSECT REPELLENT. Gibson Lake lies under the Continental Divide at the foot of Whale Peak. From the lake,head up the grassy slopes to the broad ridge that takes us up to the Continental Divide. Then go off-trail to the summit of Whale Peak, which has excellent views of Summit County.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE APRES-HIKE:


 

 

 

 

 

 

Brooks Place Tavern

27175 Main Street, Lower Level
Conifer, CO 80433

http://www.brooksplacetavern.com/

 

NOTES:

 

1) PLEASE READ, UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO OUR GENERAL RULES, PHILOSOPHY AND LIABILITY WAIVER ON THE MAIN PAGE.

*We will make frequent stops to allow people to catch up and make every effort to track your progress, however, we are not responsible for your safety, behavior or whereabouts at any time during an outing. Please use common sense and understand your limitations! This is NOT a race, and we want you to have a safe and rewarding experience.

2) BRING EXTRA WATER, as high elevations dehydrate the body at a faster rate.

3) Hiking poles are recommended as they are helpful for some of the steep grades and uneven terrain.

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!

6) Bring a change of shoes for the restaurant. I suggest some sort of flip-flops. Your feet will thank you!

7) Have fun!!

 


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  • Gladys

    What a beautiful hike with excellent weather and real nice people.

    1 · July 21, 2013

  • Karen M.

    Wonderful hike with great people!

    July 21, 2013

  • Margaret K.

    Of flipping course!! I have to work :-(

    July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all, can I car pool w someone from the rtd station to the trail head?

    July 20, 2013

  • Katie Z.

    Looks like the sign-up is closed, but I'd love to join if spots open up.

    July 20, 2013

  • Brendan G.

    A tennis event I created stated filling up so I'm going to attend that instead.

    July 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Overnight guests and car issues, so can't make it. :(

    July 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Switching to the Saturday hike.

    June 27, 2013

  • Adrienne R.

    My sis is moving to Vietnam, it's her going away party

    June 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    19 people waiting; any chance of a second group?

    June 11, 2013

    • Rob

      Always a chance... just need a host

      June 11, 2013

  • cindyward

    May have in town company that weekend, but I'll take a chance and put my name on the list.

    May 29, 2013

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