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Golden Gate State Park Pretty Leaves Loop Hike

  • Sep 29, 2012 · 8:00 AM

Saturday will be a beautiful day to view the golden aspen leaves west of Golden in Golden Gate State Park. They should be at their peak in this area, so let's take advantage of this golden opportunity. This is a loop hike beginning and ending at the Kriley Pond Overlook just west of the Park Visitor Center. Our proposed route will take us through meadows and aspen groves along the Mule Deer and Elk trails in a circumnavigation of Tremont Mountain. We'll also ramble up a side trail to a great overlook known by many as Ralston Roost.

We will be well below tree line, peaking out at a maximum elevation of 9500 feet, but that's no excuse for ignoring a good chance of blowing rain or even hail, dare I say. Bring your good rain gear! The predicted high will be about 60 degrees, but expect a cool morning. The other musts for this excursion are water, food and a color camera. We will be moving along overall at a moderate pace because of the expected sudden stops due to Kodak moments. Be prepared for a fairly strenuous hike with an altitude gain of over 2000 feet and a distance approaching 10 miles. You also may want to bring along traction devices if we encounter a little ice on the trail.

Here is a link to the local weather forecast:

Be ready and willing to help defray the cost of entering the State Park, which is $7 per car. Also, don't forget money to share gas expenses.

Let's meet in the Savers parking lot (along Broadway) in south Boulder at 8:00 AM on Saturday.

Starting elevation: 8,200'
Elevation gain: 2,200'
R/T distance: 9.5 miles
Difficulty: Intermediate level due to its length and elevation gain
Dogs: no
Duration: We should be back in Boulder around 5 PM.
Carpooling: Meet in the Savers parking lot (along Broadway) in south Boulder at 8:00 AM on Saturday. Blurt something out if you'd like to rendezvous with us at the Starbucks along Hwy 93 in Golden.

This is a participate at your own risk event! You must know your limits, handle heavy breathing at altitude, and be a responsible, considerate hiker.

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