Colorado National Monument, Grand Junction, CO
This will be a self paced conditioning hike. I will be on the trail for two hours from 6:30-8:30 p.m. However you are welcome to hike a shorter (or longer distance), to show up early or late and meet us on the trail, and to hike for as long as you like. If you are beginning a backpacking or hiking conditioning program, this hike is for you.
We will meet up at the Serpent’s Trail Parking Lot Trailhead which you will see shortly after entering the east entrance of the monument on your left. If that area is full, you can find additional parking across the road at the Devil's Kitchen Picnic Area and walk back to the trail head.
Old Gordon Trail is a steadily ascending trail that follows the path of historic lumber and cattle drive road. It is slightly over 6 miles (to the turnaround point) and the elevation ranges from 4990 - 6780 feet. This is a moderate to strenuous hike in terms of difficulty. We will be walking uphill for the majority of the outbound portion of the hike and, after turning around, will be walking downhill on the return.
The Old Gordon Toll road was built by John Gordon and was originally used to transport logs from sawmills on Piñon Mesa. The road was very rough and Mr. Gordon charged a fee to use the road
If you do not have a parks pass card there is an entrance fee into the Colorado National Monument. However I can pick you up at the parking entrance just before the east entrance to the Monument and you can ride the .4 mile distance to the trailhead with me. Please call me at[masked] if you wish to do this.
* Sturdy shoes with good traction.
* Water. Plan on about 2.5 - 3 hours of hiking.
* Quick energy food like trail mix, granola bars, dry fruit, etc. to keep you going.
* Camera, hat, sunscreen
* Headlamp or Flashlight
* Sorry, no hounds on any trails in the Colorado National Monument
Mike White at[masked]