April 25 · 9:00 AM
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Talked to the Ranger today and there's still feet of snow on this side of the park. And the road to the trail is not open yet. So we will stay closer to the Visitor Center and hike Frazer Meadow to Coyote Trail instead for 5-6 miles roundtrip - lots of trees with around 800 feet of elevation gain. Ranger says the trail is snowpacked and icy in spots, so please bring micro spikes or other traction. Ranger also said forecast for tomorrow is sunny and 43 degrees. Or we could hike Mountain Lion clockwise. We'll decide at the carpool location at 8:15am. Bring a lunch and we'll eat at the backcountry shelter or some where beyond before turning around! It's going to be an adventure!!!
A moderate 8 mile roundtrip loop with 1000+ feet elevation gain. Starting at Ole' Barn Knoll this loop takes us through open meadows, evergreen forest, aspen groves and offers spectacular views of the Continental Divide from Panorama Point.
Carpooling: Meet at 8:15am on the shoulder of Golden Gate Canyon Road where we'll form some carpools. A State Parks Pass is required for this hike.
Directions to Trailhead: From Hwy 93 follow Golden Gate Canyon Road for about 13 miles into the park. Continue a few miles to Ole' Barn Knoll Trailhead. There's a vault toilet at the trailhead.
Picnic Lunch (weather permitting) at Panorama Point. Bring your lunch plus something to share, whether its food or drink, it doesn't matter.
See you there!
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.