Brookside-McCurdy Trail

  • May 2, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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We'll hike 7+ miles roundtrip out and back with around 2000 feet of elevation gain on the Brookside-McCurdy Trail.  The Brookside-McCurdy Trail is a 36-mile trail in Pike National Forest. We will follow the trailhead along the creek into the Lost Creek Wilderness for about 3.5-4 miles and then turn around.  Much of the trail is in the forest, so there is alot of shade along the way.  The Brookside McCurdy and Payne Creek Trails are conjoined for the first mile. The trail begins its climb on the western hillside of Payne Creek, avoiding the private property below. Ponderosa pines forests and small stands of aspen make the first section very pleasant walking. Gradually gaining elevation over the next 1.5 miles,  undulating around small ridges, until the serious switchbacking begins.  We will hike for 3.5-4 miles in then turn around after stopping in a nice meadow to rest and have a snack for about 15-20 minules.  Dogs are allowed on leash.

Directions to the Trailhead: US285 to Bailey.  Directions from Bailey: In the center of Bailey, turn off Highway 285 onto Park County 64. Drive 2.1 miles to the TH.  OR, From Bailey turn south on Forest Road 110, on the west side of town, immediately crossing the North Fork of the Platte River. Drive one mile past Bailey Picnic ground to the Payne Creek Brookside Trails trailhead.

Carpooling: Meet at 8:15am at The Fort restaurant parking lot where we'll form some carpools.  The lot is located off Hwy US285 at the Hwy 8 exit.

Optional Lunch after the hike at 3 Margaritas located at 10903 US 285, E204, Conifer,[masked]-1508.

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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  • A former member
    A former member

    Better late than never. I finally posted the pictures I took from the hike

    1 · May 4, 2013

    • Debbie

      Thanks Beth, they're great!

      May 4, 2013

  • Debbie

    Beautiful glistening snow covered trail with blue sky and sunshine all the way! Great group who don't mind going off trail for the fun of it. Shorter than intended, but everyone seemed to enjoy what we did. Love the Lost Creek Wilderness.

    1 · May 2, 2013

  • Don

    Another perfect day.
    People must realize, regardless of what the weather looks like or what people say the weather is going to be.
    Neither God nor Mother Nature interferes with a hike lead by Debbie!

    May 2, 2013

  • Linda

    Absolutely beautiful late winter hike. I was lucky to experience this. Thanks for organizing, Debbie. Thanks to our great hiking group for making my Thursdays so gosh darn fun!

    1 · May 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent hike this morning. Beautiful day and wonderful people. What more could you ask for. Look forward to seeing you all on the trails again soon. As soon as I get my pictures off my camera I will upload them to the site.

    May 2, 2013

  • Keith F

    A gorgeous morning with snow crystals and great people everywhere.

    1 · May 2, 2013

  • Harrison C

    Oh what a beautiful Mountain morning in May.... hey - song title?

    May 2, 2013

  • Terry G.

    A great little stomp through the snow with some friends.

    May 2, 2013

  • Don

    Hi Debbie. My name is Savanah. I'm Don's daughter. My dad left early this morning and called me to let you know you all have clear roads all the way to Bailey. That's all he said and to watch out for elk on the highways and ice under the over passes.

    May 2, 2013

  • Julie

    I think the snow is going to stop me on this hike, but if I change my mind, I'll meet you at the trail head. Have fun!

    May 1, 2013

  • Marilyn T.

    Icy roads are being reported tonite and I would rather not drive on icy roads early in the morning. I;m really going to miss this hike.

    May 1, 2013

  • Don

    But Debbie if you're meeting at the Fort you may be bypassing the Parmalee Gulch route.

    May 1, 2013

  • Don

    watch out for elk

    May 1, 2013

  • Don

    Debbie please do not cancel this hike. A couple friends and I took a road trip down to Bailey this afternoon. Perfect weather with some very soft snow falling. Not flurries. Our problems are right here in Denver. We took HWY-285 from C-470 and found the worst driving being from our starting point to Parmalee Gulch. After Parmalee Gulch to Windy Point was clear with some scattering of snow. The roads were wet but not icy at all. From Windy Point to Reynolds Park was easy driving. But once we got to Pine Junction the roads and weather to Bailey were perfect...no problems whatsoever. We talked to a Bailey Super Trooper and a few other people who have hiked this trail. It is snow packed with a small scattering of mud spots. No need for snowshoes as of yet but would still take them but traction devices will be needed.

    1 · May 1, 2013

  • Jim O.

    Hate to do it, but I'm going to drop out. Done with snow.

    May 1, 2013

  • Val G.

    Sorry but perhaps next time

    May 1, 2013

  • Don

    If you don't like the weather in Colorado stick around for about an hour...it'll change!!! :o)

    May 1, 2013

  • Julie

    Will we need snowshoes to do this tomorrow?

    May 1, 2013

    • Debbie

      Won't know for sure till we get there, so bring your gear just in case!

      May 1, 2013

  • Harrison C

    I'm down with that and just e-mailed Linda E. the same..... think sun. H

    May 1, 2013

  • Debbie

    Colorado weather is so fickle and I've learned to never judge tomorrow on today's weather. Depends on which forecast you believe, but it's supposed to be 40 degrees and sunny near Bailey, CO. Could be 1-3 inches of snow, so it will possibly be another snow hike. Bring your spikes and layers and let's go!

    1 · May 1, 2013

  • Richard E.

    At this point the snow is suppose to be over 10 inches and the travel up on mountain roads will be rather dicey! Sorry to bail! Have a safe trip!

    May 1, 2013

  • Val G.

    I honestly can't see this happening tomorrow. Postpone??

    May 1, 2013

  • Barbara G

    Sorry, work conflict.

    May 1, 2013

  • Victoria

    working

    April 30, 2013

  • Cathleen D.

    Out of town friend coming. Will join you another time.
    Happy Trails!

    April 30, 2013

  • Charly

    Weather and work and fickle mind - changed RSVP. Cu next Thurs.

    April 30, 2013

  • Victoria

    Working

    April 30, 2013

  • Debbie

    This trail is located in National Forest so certain regulations apply. Review them here and be prepared to register our two groups of 15 at the trailhead. http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/psicc/recreation/camping-cabins/recarea/?recid=12909&actid=34

    1 · April 29, 2013

  • Charly

    See you at The Fort by 8:15. Thanks for carpool info.

    April 28, 2013

  • debbie m.

    Would anyone like to carpool from Conifer?

    April 28, 2013

  • Val G.

    Good to get in a week day hike

    April 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I got tickets to see Sotomoyor that day.

    April 22, 2013

  • Jim O.

    The only problem might be Jury Duty. I've been summoned for May 1. If I"m on a trial I'm out. I'll try to squirm out of it.

    April 14, 2013

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