Butler Gulch

  • December 12, 2013 · 9:30 AM
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I won't be there but you can still go. Many have changed their RSVP to go with Weekend Hikers to Staunton Park. No one wants to deal with the traffic at the twin tunnels. Heard its taking 1-1/2 hours to drive 5 miles. Not worth it! Butler will still be there and better in January. You decide :-)

Weather permitting we'll snow hike or snowshoe this moderate/difficult 5++ mile round trip trail that follows an old mining road closed to vehicles - 1700+ feet of elevation gain. Bring your micro spikes and snowshoes and plan on carrying your snowshoes in case we need them further in on the trail. The trail parallels and crosses several streams as it breaks treeline ending beside the 13,000 ft Continental Divide. At the termination of this trail is an abandoned mine and rusted mine equipment. Dogs on leash are allowed on this hike.

Dress for the weather - wind/water repellant clothing is recommended plus extra layers and plenty of water and snacks. No jeans or cotton.

Directions: From Denver take I-70 west to the Winter Park exit (US 40 West). Turn Left at the Henderson mine road (8.9miles). Follow the road 1.8 miles to the mine entrance. Turn right onto the gravel road and follow it past the first parking area. Drive up the gravel road to the trailhead gate and park.

Carpooling: Meet at 8:30am at Wooly Mammoth PnR, Section CC (across from the Conoco Station) where we'll form carpools. The parking lot is located at I-70 West, Exit 259.

Optional lunch after the hike at a nearby restaurant.

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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  • Harrison C

    I'll head to Summit today X-country and train for downhill by picking up snacks so I can watch the game with daughter and friends.. See you at Brainard.... Go Broncos.

    December 12, 2013

  • Debbie

    Hey, everyone is bailing and going with Weekend Hikers to Staunton Park. Check it out, they're meeting at the Fort to carpool and the trailhead at 8:45am. You decide what you want to do - Butler or Staunton, traffic or not! :-)

    December 11, 2013

  • Bill B.

    I decided to bail out for tomorrow. I look forward to trying Butler another time.

    December 11, 2013

  • Bill B.

    I will be at Wooly Mammoth Thursday morning and ready to go. I know there is barely enough snow for snowshoeing out US285 (Kenosha Pass in particular). I still want to hike. White Ranch might be a place to hike.

    December 11, 2013

  • Debbie

    Would you all be to upset if we/I didn't go to Butler tomorrow? Any suggestions for another place on this side of the twin tunnels? I don't want to be in traffic, but you all feel free to go ahead. I will schedule it again soon.

    December 11, 2013

  • L. E.

    Alas, unexpectedly pulled out of town. Have fun!

    December 10, 2013

    • Mollie

      We will miss you!

      December 11, 2013

  • Al P.

    Twin tunnels is a big mess!!!!I just came back from skiing at copper and left at 3. They have the bypass down to one lane and it was stop and go for 1 1/2 hrs to go about 5 miles. I'm not sure if I can deal w that again tomorrow. But for all who go, plan an extra 1 1/2 - 2 hrs to get home.

    December 11, 2013

  • Keith F

    Foot is still not back. Have a great time.

    December 11, 2013

  • Debbie

    Usually plenty of snow at Butler Gulch, so bring your snowshoes, poles and microspikes. Dress in warm layers - you'll be peeling those layers after a while, I'm sure! See you tomorrow.

    December 11, 2013

  • Faye M.

    I am stranded out East in Rochester, New York. We have had three reservations cancelled so far. It looks like I might get lucky and return on Thursday if the weather cooperates. At least, I am having fun with my godchild. See you guys later!

    December 10, 2013

  • Harrison C

    And I may be traveling solo to continue on to Summit County after the hike.... More as we get closer. H

    December 8, 2013

  • Debbie

    No lunch for me on the way back because I must be home by 3pm to get ready for my 5pm MU event. Also, we might get detained on eastbound I-70 as it will be down to one lane only while they complete the twin tunnels project. Thanks.

    December 8, 2013

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