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Chief Mountain Trail on Squaw Pass Road

  • Jul 11, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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This an easy to moderate about 3 mile roundtrip hike with a short but steady climb to the summit - around 900 feet of elevation gain. The Chief Mountain trail starts in spruce/pine forest and crosses Old Squaw Pass Road after approximately 0.2 miles. While the trail head sign here reads 2 miles to the top of Chief Mountain, it is in reality a shorter distance. The trail continues upward and soon reaches treeline where it opens up into alpine tundra. Be prepared to enjoy beautiful views from here on up. Enjoy the panoramic views of Denver and the plains to the east, Pikes Peak to the south, Mount Meeker to the north, and Mount Evans and Mount Bierstadt to the west.

FYI - Chief Mountain is Colorado's 1,452nd highest peak at 11,709 feet tall located in the Arapaho National Forest. 

Directions to Trail:  From Denver take I-70 west. Exit Evergreen Pkwy (exit #252). Go about 3 miles to Squaw Pass Road (Hwy 103). Go right on Squaw Pass for 12 miles to Echo Mountain Skill Resort.  Look for parking area on right side of the road near mile marker 18.  The lot is just past the ski area.  The trailhead is on the opposite side of the road (south side).

Carpooling:  Meet at Wooly Mammoth, Section CC where we'll form some carpools.  Plan to leave the parking lot at 7:15am.  The lot is located on I-70 West, Exit 259

Optional Lunch after the hike at El Senor Sol located at 29017 Hotel Way Evergreen, CO 80439,[masked]begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              [masked]      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

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.

 

 

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  • dave

    good intro hike ... like i remembered

    July 17, 2013

  • Mary ann S.

    Very picturesque! Thanks for the opportunity!

    July 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a steady uphill climb and a very nice hike. I didn't make it to the summit but will another time. The scenery was stunning!

    July 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Terry and Dave for a great hike! I truly enjoyed myself and it was so wonderful to meet so many nice people!! I want to do this hike again and make the summit. :)

    July 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time meeting everyone. Looking forward to my next meetup with this group

    July 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent afternoon.

    July 11, 2013

  • Debbie

    Thanks Terry and Dave! Sounds like you all had a great hike. And thanks Mary Jo for the pictures!

    July 11, 2013

  • Terry G.

    That was a great easy hike for a hot day. Many thanks to everyone who participated.

    July 11, 2013

    • Mary J.

      Easy??? Wow, I was huffin! :)

      July 11, 2013

  • Tricia

    Great hike on a beautiful morning in VERY good company!!
    Thanks to Dave and Terry for getting us there.

    July 11, 2013

  • Mary J.

    It was well worth the hike to the top. Not a summit virgin anymore! Ooh Ha Ha! :)

    July 11, 2013

  • Terry G.

    My cell is[masked] if there's any problems.

    July 11, 2013

  • Mary J.

    Bev and I will also meet everyone at trailhead.

    July 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    need to pay better attention to my calender - already have something scheduled

    July 10, 2013

  • Mary ann S.

    My friend and I will be meeting everyone at the trailhead at 8

    July 10, 2013

  • Julie

    Sorry to cancel at the last minute,but now have to work tomorrow. Have fun!

    July 10, 2013

  • Roxie

    Tricia, if you go on the hike, could you please give my gloves to Harrison? Thanks

    July 10, 2013

  • Roxie

    sorry, thought I had already changed RSVP. I have to be here for Sears to fix my frig from 8-12.

    July 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ben - It is Susan. If you come, could you bring my stuff from your party? - Sunglasses and wine opener. Thanks, Hope to see you there.

    July 10, 2013

  • debbie m.

    I was looking forward to this hike but will be sitting with mom in hospice care.

    July 10, 2013

  • Carol

    Unfortunately, I'm not over the bronchitis enough to hike. Sorry to miss it.

    July 10, 2013

  • Mary ann S.

    Can I bring a guest?

    July 9, 2013

    • Debbie

      OK as long as no waiting list. Otherwise, please ask friend to join and sign them self up for the hike.

      July 9, 2013

  • Tim H

    I have had a change of plans

    July 5, 2013

  • Dave C.

    I was looking forward to my first event but my plans changed.Thx

    July 5, 2013

  • linda

    Sorry I have to schedule another appointment on the same day.

    July 3, 2013

  • Roxie

    can I bring a friend? She is anxious to check out the meetup group. She just moved to Golden.

    June 25, 2013

    • Debbie

      Friends have to be members of meetup and sign themselves up for events. As you can see, there's already a waiting list of 11 people, so have your friend join and get on the waiting list. Maybe the waitlist will rotate through.

      June 25, 2013

    • Roxie

      thanks Debbie. I'll tell her to join

      June 26, 2013

  • Debbie

    I'll be out of town so Dave and Terry will be co-leading this hike.

    June 25, 2013

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