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WHALE PEAK - 13,078' - Moderate

This Saturday hike is being added if you couldn't make the Sunday hike or are on the waiting list. This is a great hike with Gibson Lake at the base of the summit. From reports there is a great trail to Gibson Lake and then pick your way to the summit. Most reports go to the right side of the lake and willows and keeps this a class 1 hike. This is approximately 6 miles round trip with an elevation gain of approximately 2755'. Review Sunday's hike info and the links below.

My suggestion for ales afterward is a small rest/bar in Bailey at the bottom of Crow Hill. Can't remember or find the name but it's a two story log building. But I'm open as to the location.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/psicc/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=12941&actid=50

http://www.13ers.com/peaks/peak.php?peakkey=6860&peak=Whale+Peak

http://coloradokevin.com/20080727/trail.html

http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=12543

 

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  • Ted

    Thanks for the opportunity to hike with you guys! It was a lot of fun! Man are my legs sore!

    July 22, 2013

  • Steve

    Hey guys. This was an awesome hike. It was so much fun meeting and hiking with all of you. I wish I could have spent more time with everyone. I had more fun on this hike then any other so far this year. I hope I get a chance to hike with all of you again soon. I'll try to get some more photos up-loaded tonight (mostly flowers). Keep an eye open for Pettingall Peak this coming Saturday. Should be available tonight or tomorrow night to sign up. Steve

    July 22, 2013

  • Melanie

    Agree with the others, great hike and great meeting everyone!

    July 21, 2013

  • Shannon

    What an adventure! It was a great hike! Thank you Veronica and Erin for pushing me to make it to the top! Good people and very rewarding!

    July 21, 2013

  • Tom

    I enjoyed myself on Saturday with this group

    July 21, 2013

  • Joanna

    Wow! looks like it was great hike! So sad I was not able to attend. Next time around hopefully!

    July 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome hike everyone, thanks Steve ;-). Very very nice trail. Agree w/Paul on the minor injuries... Paul, I didn't know I could have used you on the meds ;-) everyone did great. Will post the pics soon.

    July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Running late. Heading straight to campground.

    July 20, 2013

  • Joanna

    I got called into work this evening, so I am going to have to miss this hike now :( :(

    July 19, 2013

  • Tara

    sorry had to cancel last minute...hope to make it to one of the meet ups soon! if anyone is interested in a hike near Idaho Springs tomorrow morning please let me know. my boyfriend is riding in the Mt Evans hill climb and promised him I'd be there when he finished, so Whale Peak is too far to make it back to Idaho Springs in time.

    July 19, 2013

  • Tom

    Brooks Place Tavern in Conifer? Just an idea.

    1 · July 19, 2013

    • Steve

      Hey Tom,
      Rustic Station sits in front of that building closer, to the Hwy.

      July 19, 2013

    • Tom

      Super. I did not want to get into the middle of a gun running operation while enjoying a cool one:)

      July 19, 2013

  • Tom

    Is the two story building the one that has a sign "alchohol, tobacco and firearms"?
    Maaaaybe we should take a look at Conifer?

    July 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I made other hiking plans an hour before getting moved up! Enjoy!!!

    July 18, 2013

  • Joanna

    I will be meeting at S Wadsworth and Hampton Ave for ride share...coming from Westminster...looking forward to it!

    July 18, 2013

  • Ashley

    Hey guys I didn't think I would get in on the waitlist and planned a hike up Pacific peak with some friends, hope someone else can go have good time!

    July 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I believe I am attending as one of the groups guests and I forgot to take myself off the waiting list...opening this spot up for someone on the waiting list! I will still be there!!

    July 18, 2013

  • Melissa

    Can I car pool with someone? I live in Wheat Ridge.

    July 17, 2013

  • Leila

    sorry cant make this one..

    July 17, 2013

  • Pam

    Change of plans. .. hope someone else can make it.

    July 16, 2013

  • Gretchen

    Surprise visit from my brother! Yaaaaay

    July 16, 2013

  • Steve

    Hey Paul,
    We'll meet at the RTD Park-n-Ride at 6am and try to leave no later then 6:15am. It's in very small print in the RTD Park-n-Ride area above.
    Steve

    July 16, 2013

  • Steve

    Hi Pam, Sorry for the delay in responding. I've been out of town for a couple days (hiking). I called the ranger station and they do allow dogs on this trail and prefer they be leashed. Here's the contact number if you'd like anymore info. South Platte Ranger District at[masked]

    July 8, 2013

    • Pam

      Thanks! :-)

      July 8, 2013

  • Pam

    Are dogs allowed?

    July 5, 2013

  • "Jimmy-D"

    Just discovered my daughter has activities that I need to attend. Good for the first person on the waiting list.

    July 1, 2013

  • Steve

    if you sign up for this hike and are on the wait list for Sunday's hike or change to Saturday's hike, be sure to change your reservation.

    1 · June 26, 2013

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