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Dayhike Mayflower lakes. (Breckenridge)

  • Mt Evans, Pike National Forest, Idaho Springs, CO 80421

    Mt Evans, Pike National Forest, Idaho Springs, CO 80421, Idaho Springs, Co (map)

    39.589767 -105.632385

  • I'll meet you at the PnR.
  • Don't pay attention to the map or address given above.

    Folks, I was up there today. By next weekend this will be a really beautiful place. I'm going to do a backpacking trip into there next year.

    Please carpool. The parking lot is not large. 

    Address to the Ward Road PnR:

    Address: 4655 Ward Rd., Wheat Ridge

    Directions to the park-n-ride: From 44th Ave. & Ward Rd., continue north on Ward Rd. approximately .22 miles, left into the park-n-Ride. We will plan on leaving this park-n-ride at 8:45 am.

    If you are going West on I-70 take the Ward Rd. exit and go straight through the stop light (do not turn left or right) at the bottom and into the PnR.

    Directions to the trailhead: Go West on I-70. Take exit 203 into and through Frisco on Route 9 to Breckenridge. From the last traffic light on South Main Street in Breckenridge (the Boreas Pass Road / Broken Lance Road intersection), drive south on Highway 9 for about 2.3 miles to Spruce Creek Road (County Road #800). Turn right onto Spruce Creek Road and drive 1.2 miles to the well marked Spruce Creek Trailhead. Park here.

    We plan to start the hike at 10:00.

    The hike: The trail heads west over Spruce Creek (.1 miles) and climbs steadily through a mix of lodgepole, aspen and Engelmann spruce for 1.4 miles to the Wheeler Trail junction (1.5 miles : 10,974'), also known as the Wheeler National Recreation Trail. The landscape opens considerably past the split in a large, marshy meadow with impressive views of Mt Helen (13,164'). Look for deer, elk, moose and grouse in this food-rich habitat. Visitors are encouraged to admire the fragile marsh ecosystem from its edge and avoid treading on sensitive vegetation.







    The trail skirts the meadow, re-enters the forest and climbs .6 miles to a clearing at an intersection with Spruce Creek Road and two green utility sheds (2.1 miles : 11,151'). It runs into the dam of a small reservoir about 100 yards past the utility sheds and veers right toward signs for Mayflower and Mohawk Lakes. It resumes in a thinning forest past mining and homestead ruins (2.5 miles : 11,331') to the edge of Mayflower Lakes (2.6 miles : 11,365'). 







     

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  • Rock C.

    Vickie, Linda,

    Too bad that storms cancelled the hike (that was a good call by Scott). If you two want to hike today,let me know. I am thinking of a short hike from Crags Campground (Pikes Peak - west side) {10,000') over the divide {10,500'} into Putney gultch {10,100'} to take some pictures of gold aspens. I can swing by Red Rocks trail head at 8:00 AM if there is any interest, otherwise, I will solo hike. Cheers! Rock

    September 22, 2013

  • Rock C.

    To Linda and others on this trip from Colorado Springs, I plan to drive the back way through Woodland Park and can take a few others in my Jeep Cherokee. I have skiied most of the proposed route and would love to see it when the Aspens are gold! Perhaps carpool meet at Red Rocks Open Space parking lot at 7:30AM ?

    September 17, 2013

    • Vicki H.

      Hi, Rock is the location we are meeting tomorrow morning at 7:30 AM located at 3550 West High Street, Colorado Springs - Red Rock Canyon Open Space. Want to make sure I have the correct location...Thanks, looking forward to the hike!

      September 21, 2013

    • Vicki H.

      Morning Rock, I have decided to cancel today. I really wanted to go, but the chance of rain and thunderstorm is 70% this morning. I haven't heard if they are canceling but my commute to RRCOS is about an hours drive, I think it's best. Thanks for making room for me.

      September 22, 2013

  • Sara G.

    Will we make alternate plans if we gather at the pnr?

    September 21, 2013

    • Peter

      I would go with this but it is too late to organize anything. I am out. See you guys next time.

      September 21, 2013

  • Sara G.

    I just checked the weather, snow and rain wouldn't be an issue. However, they are calling for mid-afternoon thunderstorms. I don't like to back out, and will check for changes in the morn. At this time I'm a maybe. -Sorry :(. I was really looking forward to this!

    September 21, 2013

  • Mariellen

    Forecast is for Snow and rain at
    ~9,000 ft in Breck on Sunday . I think I will pass this time. Big Bummer for me- I was really looking forward to a hike

    September 21, 2013

    • Laura

      ...and there's no bad weather, only bad clothing!! Bring layers

      1 · September 21, 2013

    • Peter

      I was going to bring my kid but this does not sound good. I hate to do this but I will have to check again tomorrow morning and see if it is doable for us.

      September 21, 2013

  • Peter

    Hey Scott- is this a children friendly hike? I am thinking of bringing an 8 year old along.

    September 21, 2013

  • Laura

    Hi Scott, Do you have an estimate of how long the hike will take?

    September 21, 2013

  • Pam

    Scott, are you meeting at the Ward Rd. Park & Ride?

    September 20, 2013

  • Dean

    Coming from Longmont, if there's anyone who wants to carpool to the Ward Road PnR. Aspens should be great!

    September 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Dean. I live in Gunbarrel so perhaps I could carpool with you to Ward Road? New to the area/first hike in this group. -James

      September 20, 2013

    • Dean

      Hi James. I had to drop out of this hike, sorry. Hope you have a great time! See you next time.

      September 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Also, what does the PnR mean?

    September 20, 2013

    • Adam

      Pnr stands for park and ride

      September 20, 2013

  • linh

    Im out due to work ...enjoy

    September 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm new to Colorado and am living in the Business District of Denver. Is anyone leaving from here? Would love to carpool with someone with a good sense of the area.

    September 20, 2013

  • Bonnie

    Do we need 4-wheel drive to get to the trail head? I am happy to drive but have a sedan with little clearance if it is a rough road.

    September 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello everyone,
    I'd like to join you on this hike, it sounds great. It would be my first hike with the group and I thought I'd ask some questions about it first. Is the PnR at a fairly high elevation? I'm wondering because my car's engine has been known to overheat on long steep drives... So I'm trying to avoid that. Also, is anyone meeting at the PnR at 8:45 able to offer a ride on to the trail location? Thanks!!

    September 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Oh also, I'd be coming from the SW Denver area.

      September 19, 2013

  • doug d.

    Sorry Scott I injured my achilles tendon a few weeks ago and it is not healing as fast as I would wish.

    September 19, 2013

  • gale g.

    thanks, see you at the PNR

    September 19, 2013

  • Lisa F.

    Had to cancel...company coming in to town this weekend! Have a great hike!

    September 18, 2013

  • Linda

    I can meet at the Red Rocks Open Space parking at that time and catch a ride with you Rock. Thanks for your availability. Do we pack a lunch for this hike? Any other tips.......anyone?

    September 17, 2013

  • Linda

    I'm interested in attending this day hike and would like to know if anyone is available to hitch a ride with to it? I'm in the C.S. area off of I-25 and Lake Ave.. This would be my first attempt to experience these parts hiking and am looking forward to making it work! Can I get an idea of how long this hike will be? It is a higher altitude than C.S., and I'm still acclimating to this higher area and want to know the challenges this may present. Thanks and I hope it works out and I look forward to meeting up soon.

    September 17, 2013

  • Mindy

    Will be out of town

    September 16, 2013

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