Bonanza peak is one of my favorites hikes. It almost entirely consists of a trail that's steep enough for a very good workout while providing great panoramic views.
Distance: 10 miles - round trip
Elevation gain: 2,800 feet
Elevation Peak: 10,400 feet
Time: ~ 6 hrs
Difficulty level: 4, challenging
Pace level: 3, mid
Danger level: 2, maybe more due to snow
I t is recommended that you have done a hike of this level before you attempt this one. However, you can't get better at hiking unless you try something more difficult. This in-and-out and almost all well defined trail hike offers much flexibility for our group member's capabilities. Thus, we can open it to people of class 3 intermediate level to attempt to try this hike. If you're a fast hiker or even slow for that matter, bring lots of patience This is a good chance people to improve and condition your hiking abilities!
Once we reach the saddle the workout and the hike will almost be to an end (4/5 th), thus we will wait there a good half hour for those that hike at a slower pace. For those that still don't make it up in time before the first group heads to the peak its recommended that they stop there. The rest of the group can hike towards the peak. Any slow hikers and the ones that never make it to the saddle can return back to their cars as they please. You might want to arrange the carpools with people of similar hiking levels or can wait for others to return to the trailhead.
Remember that if you're not used to high elevations or if this is your first high elevation hike of the season, the hike will be that much more difficult!
This hike is strenuous. Very strong dogs only, No kids.
NO CUTTING SWITCHBACKS. DO NOT CAUSE EROSION. DO NOT RUIN THE EXISTING TRAIL! AGAIN, NO CUTTING SWITCHBACKS!!!!
No whining or bragging. Obviously, NO BEGINNERS.
Make sure you bring a rain jacket/poncho and a jacket/wind breaker for cooler temps. This is mountain terrain and the weather can be very unstable! One time we tried this we started with an all blue sky and ended up with a good downpour and hail! While some rain won't stop us, the first sound of thunder can call for a quick return.... Also bring many snacks, hat, sunglasses and apply sunscreen. Don't forget to bring at least 3 liters of liquids and good spirits.
1. Bring enough water.
2. No trail cutting
3. Know your capabilities
4. Stay with the group as much as possible
5. Leave no trace behind
6. Dogs are under your control.
We will take US 95 N and exit at Cold Creek at the prison. On the drive up to the trailhead we will have the chance to spot wild horses. At the end of the paved road there's a dirt road which has been in good enough shape that you don't need high clearance or a 4x4 vehicle. High clearance is however preferred since at a couple of spots you will need to go over very slow. Give a minimum of $7 to your driver and don't have them ask for it.
* this is a social gathering. You and only you is responsible for your own well being. We are not here to babysit or customize events. You need to use not only your feet but your heads while out in nature as hiking can be very dangerous! You need to stay with the group or otherwise mention your intent to do something different! Organizers are volunteering their time and effort to show you the wonderful area we are surrounded by.
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