January 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!