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Hike Up Bison Peak in the Lost Creek Wilderness

  • Aug 18, 2012 · 7:00 AM

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 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:

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.

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  • Pete L.

    One of the best hikes of the year!

    August 19, 2012

  • Lisa

    Dave, your pictures captured the essence of what we saw! Thank you so much for sharing them....they are beautiful! Great way for me to remember a wonderful day with everyone :)

    August 19, 2012

  • Dave K.

    Looks like about 12.8 miles, so definitely a great workout, and with a wonderful group of fellow explorers. A truly memorable day. I'm still reliving it. Thank you all!

    August 19, 2012

  • Lisa

    Guys...and Carol....I had a blast with all of you! Thank you for intelligent conversation, laughs, a challenge.....and a most beautiful, inspirational place! Looking forward to seeing all of you again.

    August 18, 2012

  • Marie

    Darn I thought this would be on Sunday! Snnoze, you lose! Hope it was a great day.

    August 17, 2012

  • Lisa

    Totally looking forward to it. Thanks for the heads up. I will leave Silverthorne about the same time you leave the Boulder area, and should hit the trailhead at a similar time, if not shortly before.

    August 15, 2012

  • Dave K.

    Sorry, Anu, no dogs on this hike. We should be back in Boulder about 6PM, but that could easily be an hour sooner or later.

    August 15, 2012

  • Dave K.

    Hi Lisa, we should be at the Ute Creek Trail Head (CR77) at about 9:15AM.

    August 15, 2012

  • Anne

    Spectacular Pick! Here's a link to pics from WHP trip this past May. He's right, no faffing on the trail, save for on top. The rocks rock.

    August 14, 2012

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