Please calculate driving times to the trailhead from any rendezvous point. We will meet at the trailhead by 7:45am and hike promptly at 8:00am
DEER CREEK TRAILHEAD
From Denver drive westwards on US-285, passing Conifer and Pine Junction. 4.4 miles southwest of Pine Junction, turn right on Park County Road 43 (Deer Creek Road). Drive 8.3 miles on the Deer Creek Road to the Deer Creek Campground. This road changes to dirt a mile before the campground, but is suitable for passenger cars. Drive 0.8 miles past the campground to reach the Deer Creek Trailhead. It is a pretty bumpy ride after passing the campground, but it is doable for "normal" passenger cars from spring to fall.
Length: 13.75 total miles
Starting Elevation: 9,320 feet
Top Elevation: 12,871 feet
Elevation Gain: 3,795 feet
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Moderate to advanced(due to duration)
Duration: Approximately 6 hours total for the entire trail
1) Go west a few hundred yards to some trail signs and a fork. Take the left fork, the Rosalie Trail.
2) Follow it west and northwest along Deer Creek, crossing it several times for 5.8 miles to a ridge and a junction with the Threemile Creek Trail.
3) Follow the Threemile Creek Trail as it curves south, upward towards Kataka Mountain on your right (west) and sub-peaks of Mount Logan on your left (east). The trail becomes rather faint.
4) Leave the trail near treeline, going southeast to the sub-peak of Mount Logan, keeping to the right of its high point. At the ridge, the true summit becomes visible to the south.
5) Continue over tundra, losing 244 feet as you make directly for the high point. From the Threemile Creek cutoff at the Rosalie Trail it is 3.1 miles to the top of Mount Logan, where there is a large ring of rocks, some old wooden planks, and a Colorado Mountain Club Register Cylinder.
1) Hike over tundra and rocks to the northeast.
2) At the most easterly sub-peak, enter the trees and bushwhack through a moderately dense forest, keeping northeast to regain the Rosalie Trail.
3) A creek becomes evident after you enter the trees, Keep this creek to your left, following it to the junction with Deer Creek. Pick up the trail here and hike two miles east to your car. (IF you dislike bushwhacking, descend the same way you came up, but understand that this will add 4.65 miles to the hike, and we will have finished lunch and beers by the time you get to the restaurant!)
16940 S. Pine Valley Road
Pine, CO 80470
NOTES (PLEASE READ!!):
1) PLEASE READ, UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO OUR GENERAL RULES, PHILOSOPHY AND LIABILITY WAIVER ON THE MAIN PAGE. We are not responsible for your safety, behavior or whereabouts at any time during an outing. Please use common sense.
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.
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!!