And now for one of the most unique mountains in Colorado. Hiking author James Dziezynski calls Bison Peak ".. unlike any other mountain in Colorado", and summitpost.org says "Bison Peak represents the Lost Creek Wilderness 'twisted granite' theme with all out passion." But there's a fee to pay to see this, and it is not monetary (except for gas money, of course). You'll need to sit thru a car ride that is almost two hours long from Boulder, to the trail head 20 miles south of Kenosha Pass. The elevation gain is a hefty 4300 feet, and the round trip hike covers 12 miles, but your wandering on the huge Stonhenge-like summit may easily add another mile because you won't be able to help yourself from seeing what's behind the next sculpture. On the bright side, the trail up Bison Peak is unusual in that it is not the typical stub-your-toe so common here. It's described as a class 1 hike.
So if you're in excellent physical condition and can endure the hike length and altitude gain, and your curiosity is piqued, this is the hike for you. You'll need to bring plenty of water and sunscreen. Good rain gear that won't disintegrate in high winds is a must since this is a huge summit area above tree line, and we'll likely be rained on at some point. A nutritious lunch should also be in your pack.
Here is a link to the local weather forecast: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=39.22750162823641&lon=-105.51664352416992&site=bou&unit=0&lg=&FcstType=text
Let's meet in the Savers parking lot (along Broadway) in south Boulder at 7:00 AM on Saturday.
Starting elevation: 8,700'
Elevation gain: 4,300'
R/T distance: 12+ miles
Difficulty: hefty intermediate level due to its length and elevation gain
Duration: We should be back in Boulder around 6 PM if there is no faffing on the trail. Any dilly-dallying should be restricted to the summit playground.
Carpooling: Meet in the Savers parking lot (along Broadway) in south Boulder at 7:00 AM on Saturday. Blurt something out if you'd like to rendezvous with us at the Wooly Mammoth PnR lot in Golden/Morrison.
This is a participate at your own risk event! You must know your limits and be a responsible, considerate hiker.