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.