Tanglewood trail to Roosevelt Lake

Tanglewood Trail to Roosevelt Lakes

Leave carpool: 7am

Carpool location: Morrison Rd exit off C-470, dirt lot across from Conoco
Hike starts: 815a
Length: ~9 miles RT

Elevation change: 2,800
Level: Moderate to strenuous


From carpool to trailhead: Take C-470 to US 285. Drive west from Denver (towards Fairplay) on US 285 approximately 25 miles to the traffic light before the top of Crow Hill. Turn right (northwest) on to Co Rd 43 / Deer Creek Rd and drive in a northwesterly direction for 5-6 miles to a "Y" in the road. Bear left to stay on Co Rd 43 / Deer Creek Rd and drive 2.1 miles, staying right at the campground, to the parking area at the Deer Creek trailhead.

The trail

Begins at the northwest corner of the trailhead on an old 4x4 road. The lower part is broad and pleasant, as it crosses the creek several times. At about one mile, reach the junction with the Rosalie Trail, #603. Rosalie Trail heads westward, to end at Guanella Pass. Our trail continues northward, up the steep and eroded west bank of Tanglewood Creek. The old road is visible here and there, but finally vanishes. The next mile of trail is, boggy, steep, and rocky, as it attempts to stick close to the creek. Finally, the trail reaches tree line, right into a beautiful Bristlecone Pine forest. Take a rest and some photos! The great twisted tree shapes provide for perfect pictures of the valley below. Over the tundra covered ridge the Mount Evans Scenic Byway is visible traversing the east slopes of Mt Evans to Roosevelt Lakes in the valley below. We will have lunch at the lake.

Post hike location: TBD.


Map, compass

Sun protection: sunscreen, sunglasses

Clothes: non cotton layers, and rain protection


First aid kit/fire starter

Nutrition: Lunch when we get to the lake

Hydration: and or something to treat water

Happy pair of boots (water resistant preferred on this trail)

Extra sox

Knife/multi tool, duct tape

Poles if you prefer

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  • Denis

    If anyone needs to reach me...303 [masked]

    July 20, 2013

  • Denis

    Directions in my description say bare left at fork in road, yet there are many forks on Deer Creek Rd. Simply stay on Deer Creek rd till it ends at parking lot/Tanglewood trail head. FYI: Turnoff from 285 is close to Baily Library, which is about 2 miles before Baily city center.

    July 19, 2013

  • Leila

    sounds great hope to catch you next time

    July 18, 2013

  • Dahlia

    Is anyone meeting at the carpool I just want to confirm? I will be there.

    July 18, 2013

  • Diane B.

    Bummer...just found out I have another commitment. Have fun. Thanks! Should be a great day!

    July 18, 2013

  • Jen

    Apr├Ęs hike location?

    July 15, 2013

    • Jen

      Crossroads Pub & Grill, Zoka's, 3 Margaritas........

      July 15, 2013

    • Denis

      Great, we will have something to debate on our way back to the trail head. Thanks Jen!

      July 17, 2013

  • Andrew

    Got to work this Saturday :(

    July 17, 2013

  • Katie

    Got a wedding to attend that day. Til next time...

    July 16, 2013

  • Denis

    Diane asked when would we be back to the cars after the hike? Assuming you are referring to the park and ride location will estimate around 3ish.

    1 · July 15, 2013

    • Diane B.

      Thanks! See u saturday.

      July 15, 2013

  • Joyce

    I have to work now :-(

    July 15, 2013

  • Joe L.

    will be in New Mexico...

    July 1, 2013

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