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Snowshoe Brookside-McCurdy Trail

  • Jan 9, 2014 · 10:00 AM
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We'll snowshoe 6 miles roundtrip out and back with around 2000 feet of elevation gain on the Brookside-McCurdy Trail located in the Pike National Forest. We will follow the trailhead along the creek into the Lost Creek Wilderness for about 3 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. Gradually gaining elevation over the next 1.5 miles,  undulating around small ridges, until the serious switchbacking begins.  We will hike for 3 miles then turn around after stopping in a nice meadow to rest and have a snack for about 15-20 minutes.  

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.

Road to the Trailhead:  I recall the road being a little rough and snowpacked, so 4 wheel drive would be nice!

Carpooling: Meet at 9:15am 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 Refreshment after the hike at a nearby restaurant.  Always bring plenty of snacks and water.

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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  • Don

    I was too busy having fun but what a great hike, fantastic weather and a terrific group of people to hike with. I wish I was still up there in my pine branch bed!!!

    January 9, 2014

    • Brigitte C.

      Don, wake up! We are still waiting for you to upload the group picture...

      January 10, 2014

    • Brigitte C.

      Oops...I'm sorry for asking. I'm no geek, so I can't help you there. Although if your computer can read pictures from a USB, it should be able to do so with a camera memory card. I suggest you take the camera card to a self-serve printing machine at Target or Walmart & see if it works (without ordering any prints).

      January 10, 2014

  • Karen M.

    Great pictures. It looks like you had a really good time. I wish I'd been there! All the same, my teeth are clean and will be shiny white in future pictures.

    January 9, 2014

  • Terry G.

    Well, it was nice that I got the snowshoes out, even if they spent most of the hike on my back.

    January 9, 2014

  • Brigitte C.

    Snowshoes, or no snowshoes? That is the question of the day. Not knowing what to expect , we had way too much on our pack as we set out in the Lost Creek Wilderness trail… the result is a fun hide-and-remember-where-to-retrieve those darn cumbersome snowshoes !!! Lots of snow, don't get me wrong, but shuffling silently through powdery snow is WAY BETTER than smacking it at each step.

    There are no killer views on this trail, but an amazingly open wilderness with miles (32 to be exact according to Debbie) of beautiful Colorado backcountry access area. The terrain varies nicely heading through sparse pine trees, then denuded aspen forests, high-mountain meadows where splendid views stretch before the eyes. AH, and the sun... just right, to add a character of warmth and beauty to the surrounding.

    January 9, 2014

  • Carey

    Super day! :)

    January 9, 2014

  • Debbie

    Beautiful day!

    January 9, 2014

  • Linda

    Beautiful day for a snow hike. Too bad there wasn't quite enough snow to snowshoe the whole way. Fun group as always. Thanks for organizing, Debbie!

    January 9, 2014

  • Sharon

    Working :( Have a great snowshoe all.

    January 8, 2014

  • Al P.

    Sorry to bail, but I have a chance for freshies at Copper Mountain.

    1 · January 8, 2014

  • Karen M.

    Oh, no. Forgot about my dental appointment.

    January 7, 2014

  • Jann

    Have to work after all.

    January 7, 2014

  • Charly

    Sad to miss. Work came up.

    January 6, 2014

  • Larry E.

    Been fighting off a cold, but it seems to now be getting the upper hand. See you next time around.

    January 6, 2014

  • Nora

    sorry- just scheduled a job interview.

    1 · January 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've been in bed with a viral infection for 2 weeks now. Slowly getting better, but I know I can't do a 2000 ft elevation gain at this time. See you all next time.

    January 2, 2014

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