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The Crater Lakes - Intermediate

  • Jul 27, 2013 · 7:30 AM
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The Crater Lakes

Distance: 7 miles

Elevation Gain: 2,075 Feet

Trail head: Rollinsville - Moffat Tunnel

The Pre-Meet: We will depart the Sheridan/Highway 36/88th Park-in-Ride at 7:30 a.m.  7:30 a.m. is the carpool time.  For those meeting at the trail head, I anticipate that we will start hiking between 9:00 and 9:15 a.m. Please let me know if you do not plan to meet at the Park-N-Ride so that we are not waiting on you.

Attendees: This hike is strictly limited to 12 attendees per wilderness rules.  If you are signed up for multiple hikes for Saturday, I will be dropping you back to the wait list on this one. But, please do let me know if you really wanted to attend this, and I'll make sure to get you on as people drop.  With the strict attendee limits, however, I don't want to have people sitting as "yes" attendees on two different hikes as you can only attend one.

Hike Description:

The hike to the Crater Lakes is one of the better, flowing-water outings in Colorado.  The trail starts out paralleling South Boulder Creek southwest of the Moffat Tunnel.  After crossing creeks from the Forest Lakes and the Arapaho Lakes, a side trail rises steeply to several high lakes and lots of cascading water.  Starting out, we begin by following a wide trail past a cabin and signboard.  We will cross a series of wooden bridges as we follow the main trail as it ascends along South Boulder Creek on the left.  After 1.2 miles, we will pass through an open meadow with two cabin ruins.  0.6 miles farther brings us to a side trail on the left and a cairn-marked trail on the right, just before a small creek descends from the right.  We will leave the main trail and ascend on the right fork to the north-northwest.  This is rough trail and becomes steep as it ascends into the Crater Lakes basin.  We will follow the trail as it passes between the two middle Crater Lakes and then along the left side of the lake on the right.  The trail then ascends before reaching the creek that supplies this lake.  The steep trail passes to the right of a rocky peak and encounters waterfalls and cascades coming from the upper Crater Lakes.  Shortly before the final steep section, we will cross the outflow creek and ascend first to a smaller lake and then the final, larger upper Crater Lake, just below treeline.  We will return the way we came.

 

 

Apres Hike:

Wild Mountain Smokehouse and Brewery in Nederland.  http://wildmountainsb.com/

70 E 1st St  Nederland, CO 80466


What to Bring –

As always, you are responsible for your own safety and well-being on this hike, and should do your own research - but here is some suggested gear:

Water and Snacks

Several layers of clothing

Good hiking boots

Rain Gear - There is a 40% chance of rain pretty much everywhere on Saturday.

Poles – optional

 

 

 

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  • Mary-Ellen

    Great hike!

    July 28, 2013

  • Melissa

    awesome hike with beautiful views. Thanks Beth!

    July 27, 2013

  • Jay

    Great group of hikers on another awesome Colorado summer day!

    July 27, 2013

  • "Jimmy-D"

    Great hike. Thank you Beth for organizing this.

    July 27, 2013

  • Dave E.

    Longs Peak did me in.

    July 26, 2013

  • Chip

    See you at the PNR. Happy to drive if needed. Room for three comfortably.

    July 26, 2013

  • Melissa

    I'd like to carpool with someone if that's ok.

    July 26, 2013

    • Beth

      Melissa - I will be at the Park N Ride. I think pretty much everyone is planning to be there as I have not heard otherwise. Thanks!

      1 · July 26, 2013

    • Mary-Ellen

      Me too!

      July 26, 2013

  • "Jimmy-D"

    West side of the PnR it is. I'm cooking a couple loaves of beer bread (made with Breckenridge Brewery's Vanilla Porter) and am taking one with me tomorrow. I'd be happy to share with anyone who wants some until it is gone. Looking forward to the hike.

    July 26, 2013

  • "Jimmy-D"

    I'll be at the Park and Ride by 7:20 and am content as either a driver or passenger. I wanted to verify the PnR on the eastern side of US36. The map shows the one on the east side (off 88th/Yates).

    July 25, 2013

    • Vasil

      I think we should be on the Western side - Sheridan???

      July 25, 2013

    • Beth

      Yes. Thanks Vasil. West side is what I intended. The address came from the RTD site so I'm not sure what side it technically puts you on. Apologies for the delayed reply. Busy week. Also, my number is[masked] if anyone needs to contact me in the morning. See you all tomorrow.

      July 26, 2013

  • Pam

    Change of plans. Hope someone else can go.

    July 25, 2013

  • Pam

    Do you have directions to the trailhead? Going to Westminister would be going out of my way.

    July 25, 2013

    • Beth

      Pam, you'll have to find the directions that best suit your needs depending on where you are coming from. I don't know what is best for those not coming from the Denver/Boulder area. The trail begins at Moffat Tunnel outside Rollinsville. Also, I'm okay with dogs on leash, but please research the wilderness rules on that and make sure it is permissible. This hike is in James Peak Wilderness.

      July 25, 2013

    • Pam

      Thanks

      July 25, 2013

  • Anna N.

    With the changes I decided to bow out. I'll keep my out for future hikes with you Beth.

    July 25, 2013

  • Pam

    Are dogs ok to bring on leash?

    July 25, 2013

  • Melissa

    I really want to attend this hike. I took myself off the other hike.

    July 24, 2013

  • Dave E.

    Doing Longs on Friday.

    1 · July 22, 2013

  • Gladys

    Sorry but I will have to pass this hike:( my friend is coming from out if town to visit.

    July 17, 2013

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