Crescent Meadows to Walker Ranch

  • April 4, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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Crescent Meadows-Walker Ranch Loop is an 8+ mile roundtrip hike starting near Gross Dam Reservoir in Coal Creek Canyon.  It's a moderately difficult hike leading down to the Boulder Creek with around 2,000 feet of elevation gain (roundtrip).  Great view of mountains to the west, open mountain meadow dropping down to South Boulder Creek and interconnecting with Boulder County Parks and Open Space’s Walker Ranch Loop Trail. Beginning Elevation: 7,500  Dogs are allowed on leash.

Note:  If you're not up for the 8+ mile trail, cut it short at the junction and make it a 5 mile roundtrip hike.

Carpooling: Meet at 8:15am at the RTD park n ride located on the southeast corner of Hwy 72 and 93 where we'll form some carpools.  Just  make sure your carpoolers are all doing the same length of hike and want to go to lunch!

Directions to the Trailhead: Two ways to get there - From Denver/Golden get to the intersection of Highways 93 and 72, south of Boulder.  Go up Highway 72 (Coal Creek Canyon) 8.2 miles.  Turn right by the fire station on Crescent Road to Gross Dam Road (county road 77) for about 2.4 miles.  Cross over the railroad tracks and park at the Crescent Meadows trailhead on the right.

Second route from Boulder - Drive up Flagstaff Road 8 miles. Turn left on to Gross Dam Road(To:State Highway 72 sign). Go 2.5 miles, turn left at the absurdly small "To Denver" sign ( A big brown garage is nearby). Continue on 1.5 miles to the Crescent Meadows trailhead on the left.

Optional lunch after the hike in Coal Creek Canyon at the Wondervu Cafe.  Check it out  http://wondervucafe.net/menu.html

Important Note:  This is a participate at your own risk event!

Life is risky. I am not a professional guide.  By signing up for this hike you acknowledge that you are solely responsible for your own safety.

See you there!

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  • Nancy P

    Beautiful day, great hike. Thanks Debbie

    April 5, 2013

  • Debbie

    It was a great day! I love being by the creek and hearing the water.

    April 5, 2013

  • Dorothea

    Thanks for a beautiful hike, Debbie.

    1 · April 4, 2013

  • Harrison C

    Now that was a good spring hike.... next time fishing poles.

    1 · April 4, 2013

  • linda

    Great hike. Thanks, Debbie.

    1 · April 4, 2013

  • Cathleen D.

    I've had computer issues and just got things going again so missed this confirmation. I have a meeting to attend and will not be able to join you. Sorry for the late notice. Truly I was having difficulty accomplishing anything on the computer.

    April 3, 2013

  • Don B.

    Income tax has me by the short forms tomorrow Thought I was done yesterday....but No :(

    April 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am planning to drive to Gross Dam Rd to meet at 9am. Will I need a parking permit?

    April 1, 2013

  • Carol

    Sorry. The guy who helps with my properties is only available on Thursday so sadly I must work. Have fun everyone.

    April 1, 2013

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