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.
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.
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)
Knife/multi tool, duct tape
Poles if you prefer