May 1, 2014 · 9:00 AM
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Let's hike the Cheesman Canyon Gill Trail - a moderate to difficult trail with many steep ups and downs for around 7+ miles. The trail is named for Tom Gill who had a sawmill at location of the present trailhead from 1904 to 1907. He also constructed the road from there to Deckers. Cheesman Dam, at the end of the trail, was constructed as a water supply reservoir for the city of Denver and was completed in 1905. The trail is used primarily by anglers wishing to fish the 3 mile Cheesman Canyon between the Wigwam Club and Cheesman Dam. Anglers will find Brown and Rainbow trout. Special catch and release rules are in effect for this area.
We can take the upper trail or the lower 3.5 mile trail that follows along the west shoreline of the South Fork of the South Platte River. Again, the trail is difficult and steep in many sections so bring your micro spikes and poles for slippery conditions on the trail.
Directions: Drive west on Highway 285 to Pine Junction. Turn south on to Jefferson County Road 126 and travel 21 miles from Pine Junction to reach the Cheesman Canyon trailhead. The road is paved the entire way.
Carpooling: Meet at 7:45am at the Fort restaurant located at US285 and Hiway 8 Exit(19192 Highway 8 Morrison). We'll form some carpools here.
Optional Refreshment after the hike at Zokas located at 16040 Pine Valley Road in Pine.
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!