We will start by trying to find the trail to Elephant Butte. There is a trail to the Butte but it is in Denver Mountain Park is unmaintained and is sketchy in places. After hiking to the Butte we will do some trails in Alderfer Park.
From downtown Evergreen travel south on County Highway 73. Turn west at the traffic light onto Buffalo Park Road. Go past Evergreen HS and climb the hill. Pass the first Alderfer parking lot (about 1 mile on your right), go another 1/2 mile and turn right onto Le Masters Rd and into the upper Alderfer Parking lot. You will see a barn on your right before Le Masters.
We will go north on Bluebird Meadow Tr, Homestead Tr and Mountain Muhly Tr. In about 1.5 miles we will leave Alderfer park and take a less-used trail west into Denver Mountain Park. We reach the summit of Elephant Butte in another mile. There are views all around from this local high point. There are many trails in Alderfer. We will hike to the Sisters and more as the group desires.
Looking west toward Mt Evans from atop Elephant Butte
starting point (parking lot): N39°37.35' W105°21.59' 7700 ft elev
high point (Elephant Butte): N39°38.09' W105°22.02' 8400 ft elev
net elevation gain: about 1000 ft
distance on the trail: about 5 mi round trip
pace: moderate (2 miles per hour)
gradient: 20% in the upper mile (pretty steep)
overall subjective rating: moderate to strenuous
time on the trail: three or four hours
Dogs: do not bring your dog on this hike
Be prepared for sloppy or icy spring trail conditions. Dress in layers, bring plenty of water to drink. We may go to a restaurant in Bergen Park after the hike so take that into account when you car pool.
You participate in this event at your own risk.