Hike the Colorado Trail Series - Hike #5 (Segment 7)

This is the fifth hike in my "Hike the Colorado Trail Series" - the last of 2014. There will be 14 more hikes through 2017. It is coordinated with Colorado Backpackers (and Campers). For more details on the full 4-year adventure, please send me a message.

Segment 7 "climbs 3600 feet in 6 miles across 1.7 billion-year-old basement rocks to gain the crest of the Tenmile Range, then descends 3000 feet in another 6 miles through similar rocks to the narrow valley below. This is the first time the trail is above tree line for several miles, rewarding those who reach the tundra with great views of the surrounding mountains and communities below."


Updated Notes: Please pay particular attention to transportation. It is more complex than most hikes.

• Please do not no-show. This is inconsiderate and disruptive. Please cancel well in advanced if you are not committed to the hike.

• This hike might feel strenuous - nearly 14 miles with 3000' to 3600' feet of gain/loss over rugged terrain at high altitude. The intended average pace is 2-2.5 mph to complete the hike in less than 7 (hopefully 6) hours. No one on the hike is a guide or adviser.

• You are responsible for your own safety in all respects including observing weather and trail conditions. This year has seen more thunderstorm activity than some.

• There are two groups - each hiking a specific direction. You must know the meetup group you joined and its trailheads. We will use a car swap to return everyone to the parking area in Frisco. Please know your ride/rider and don’t strand someone or ride with someone else without informing your driver. Good practice is to have a phone number. It is crucial to ride with members of your meetup group.

• After the hike we will go to either Old Chicago in Silverthorne or the Dam Brewery (will let you know). I will try for a reservation for about 20 people. Before joining a carpool, verify that your driver/passengers have the same after-hike plans.

• I expect to complete the hike before 3:30. However, it is not uncommon for hikes to take longer than I expect.


Updated itinerary for the hike: *** Due to the one-way hiking and car swap, it is essential to be on time. It is extremely difficult to accommodate tardiness. If you are a bit late, skip Woolly Mammoth and drive to the Frisco lot, but do not expect 20 hikers to wait on you for long.

• To carpool from Denver, meet at at a Woolly Mammoth Parking lot (near JJ) no later than 6:50 and leave no later than 7. Form your own carpool. Some (including me) will meet in Frisco – not at Woolly Mammoth. Please do not wait beyond 7 at Woolly Mammoth. Aim to arrive early if you tend to run late.

• Everyone should meet in Frisco at Main Street and Forest Drive by 8:10 to leave at 8:20. To get to this parking lot (from Denver), head west on I-70 to exit 201 (one exit past the "Breckenridge" exit; two past the Silverthorne/Dillon exit which is the first one past the tunnels). Turn left, head under the highway and then make the first right. We will finish carpooling plans at that point. If you miss us, I highly recommend changing to an individual activity.

• Trailhead time is about 8:45. Please note: you must meet at the Frisco lot for this to work.


Distance: 13.8 miles

Gain/Loss: 3674'/3053'

Speed: moderately-fast (guessing about 6.5 hours of hiking)

Dogs: I don't know; you must check and abide by the trail rules.

The Plan: Everyone must meet in Frisco no later 8:10. To carpool from a Wooly Mammoth meet under JJ no later than 6:45 and leave by 6:58. See details above

This meetup hikes toward Durango. The CB meetup hikes towards Denver. If this meetup is full (limit of 10-12, consider the other meetup as we need to stay balanced to avoid falling into a tributary of the Colorado River creating waves that crash through the Grand Canyon bringing the end of the world as we know it.

We'll do lunch and exchange car keys when the two groups meet along way and return when we're done.

Bring: Hiking stuff: water, clothes, food, hat, sunscreen, poles, minstrels, boots, brownies (not the recently legalized ones) for the event host, gas money, granite counter top to prepare a gourmet lunch, whistle, smile, jacket, llamas (to carry the counter top), pocket knife, headlamp, matches, first aid, tornado shelter, extra socks ....

Apres the hike: Either Old Chicago (in Silverthorne) or Dam Brewery (in Dillon). I'll update when I can.

Denver side Trailhead: This is our start. Gold Hill Trailhead on CO HWY 9 south of Frisco at Gateway Drive: 39°32'27.9"N 106°02'31.6"W.

Durango side Trailhead: This is our end. Wheeler Flats Trailhead near I-70 and CO 91 (Copper Mountain exit): [masked], [masked]

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  • "Jimmy-D"

    Thanks everyone for the great hike. Fantastic views and good conversation. Hope you can make some of the hikes next year.

    If you left black gloves in my truck bed, please let me know. I found some that aren't mine.

    September 9

  • Nandi

    Sorry for being a turtle. But it was a great hike. Thank you Jim for being a good leader. :)

    September 7

  • Gretchen

    Will meet you all in Frisco!

    September 6

  • Danelle

    My folks came down from Steamboat today and said there was light snow above the east side of Eisenhower.

    September 5

  • Matt

    Is anyone planning to carpool from Wooly Mammoth and return on Saturday?

    September 4

    • Nandi

      I'll be going from the PNR and be back on Saturday.

      September 4

    • L. E.

      Me too! I'm hiking toward Durango: swinging by JJ at 6:30. Meeting at Frisco before 8:10. (Need to get back, so may have to depart directly from car retrieval meeting if hiking runs late).

      September 5

  • Paul

    Camie and Paul will be staying in Silverthorne Friday night and not carpooling.

    September 4

  • Donna

    Will have to make this one up too...its my nieces sweet 16th bday in AZ!!!

    August 13, 2014

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