Hike to the top of Taylor Mountain (9132 ft) NE of Allenspark then explore the Bright Trail down to the North St. Vrain Creek. Walk in about 3/4 mile on jeep road, then follow trail up the north side of Taylor Mtn for about 0.4 miles and bushwhack final 0.3 miles to the summit (9134 ft.). Hike back out to the jeep road and then hike down the Bright Trail for about 2 miles to the North St. Vrain Creek (1400 ft. elevation loss) then back up and out to the cars.
If we can drive in to the Bright Trail trailhead, then we might try to climb Big John Mountain to the east of Taylor Mtn.
Bring about 2 liters of water and a snack lunch to enjoy somewhere along the way. Hiking boots, trekking poles, hat, and, sunscreen recommended. We will be climbing on north facing slopes so don't know how much snow to expect. Traction devices might be nice to have just in case. Current forecast for the hike area is with temps around 60 degrees and light breezes.
Experienced hikers only. You must be comfortable with bushwhacking through brush and around downed trees on the side of a moderately steep wooded slope.
Trailhead Elevation: ~8450 ft.
Max elevation: `9130 ft.
Min elevation ~7300 ft.
Total climb: ~2400 ft.
Total Hike distance: ~ 7.5 miles.
Moderate pace of between 1.5-2 mph including stops. This will be difficult intermediate level hike.
Anyone who wants to meet the group in Lyons at the ParknRide, let me know in advance and be there at 8:30 am.
Please read the hike description and don't sign up for the hike unless you are confident you can complete the described hike (Expected conditions, RT distance, total climb, max elevation, and pace).
Please be prompt so others are not kept waiting.
Please, don't show up for a hike unless your YES RSVP has been accepted for you and any guest(s) that you intend to bring with you.
Please cancel if you decide not to attend so spaces will be available for others.
Hiking is risky. Every year people are hurt and killed because they go beyond their abilities, get lost, or bring the wrong gear. I normally lead hikes that I've done before. I don't do technical climbs but some of my hikes have strenuous climbs that may require using some handholds and require good physical strength and agility. I am not a professional guide. You are responsible for yourself. By signing up for this hike you acknowledge that you are solely responsible for your own safety and will do the necessary research to understand the conditions of this hike and the gear and conditioning required.
And lastly, anyone choosing to hike with our group should carry personal medical insurance and a CORSAR (Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue) card in case of an emergency.