Dayhike to Pawnee Buttes

  • June 2, 2012 · 8:00 AM
  • Pawnee National Grasslands

Folks we go out there every spring and it's worth it. It's about a three hour drive out there but it's unlike any other place we go. Also this is wildflower season there.

Directions to the Thorton PnR: Going North on I-25 exit going East on 88th. Go one block and turn North (left) onto Grant. Go up the hill past the American Furn. parking lot. The PnR will be on your left. We'll leave this PnR at 8:00 am.

Directions to the trailhead: Take I-25 North to highway 14. Go East 37 miles to Briggsdale. Turn left onto County Road 77. Go 15 miles and turn right onto road 120 to Grover. Turn right onto road 390. Go 6 miles and turn left onto road 112. Then follow the signs to Pawnee Buttes.

We'll plan on eating a picnic lunch at the buttes parking lot after the hike so bring some picnic goodies to share.

The hike: This hike is as easy as it gets. It's three miles out and back and it's mostly level. But there is no shade. It's open prairie.

Riders be sure to help the drivers with money for gas. It's over 260 miles out and back. At 22 miles/gallon that's 12 gallons. At $4/gallon that's $48. Four folks in a vehicle that's $12 per folk.

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  • Stefan

    Thanks Scott for sharing this great scenery with us!

    June 10, 2012

  • Debra E.

    Thanks Scott - I really enjoyed hanging out and doing the hike. Unfortunately we didn't see the 'birds' but were captivated by the 'horny toads.' Weather was great, just enough wind to keep the heat comfortable.

    June 4, 2012

  • Rob B

    Great hike with a great bunch of people. Thanks, Scott & all!

    June 3, 2012

  • Ron P.

    We also need to know where to meet the rest of the group, and good directions to the trail head.

    June 1, 2012

  • Ron P.

    Hi Debra, my number is[masked]
    Not sure if anyone else needs a ride from up north, I guess we can just say we are meeting at 8:30 at park n ride off Exit 255 and leaving at 8:45am I have at least 2 more we can take if anyone wants to meet us there.

    June 1, 2012

  • Debra E.

    Thanks Ron- that is great. It'll take them awhile to get organized also. Here is my number in case something comes up. [masked]-4693. I'm in a grey van. Anyone else coming?

    June 1, 2012

  • Misha V.

    How long is this hike how much time will it take and do we have an estimate on when we get back?

    June 1, 2012

  • Ron P.

    Hwy 25 and Hwy 402 exit park n ride - exit 255 it is. What time? as they are meeting at 8:00 am in thorton, I would think we would be good at 8:30 to meet at Exit 255.

    June 1, 2012

  • Michelle M.

    I'm assuming that tomorrow when most of us meet at the PnR in Thornton, we'll figure out who is going to drive and what four people ride with what drivers to save on gas?

    June 1, 2012

  • Debra E.

    Hey Ron - would it work out if you stopped at the Hwy 25 and Hwy 402 exit park n ride - exit 255. It's right at the corner - I would car pool with you from there.

    June 1, 2012

  • Ron P.

    I live at I-25 and Hwy 119, I plan on driving and can take up to 4 people if they need a ride. there is a park and ride on this exit. I can't see driving back to Thornton then heading right back north.

    June 1, 2012

  • Viktoria

    Hi- if anyone has room in their car & is passing by I-25 & Exit 229, I would love to share a ride. Can pitch in for gas. Thanks!

    June 1, 2012

  • Debra E.

    It doesn't make sense for me to back track, so I was wondering if someone else was coming from this area. Or where do i meet people at the buttes?

    June 1, 2012

  • Carah

    Hi Debra, Oh you mean the Loveland exit of I-25? I'd prefer to meet up with the whole group at Thornton and I think the distance is the same or less.

    May 31, 2012

  • Carah

    Hi Debra, I'm not sure what you're referring to as the Loveland exit?

    May 31, 2012

  • Debra E.

    Hi Carah - could you meet at the Loveland exit? and we could car pool there. I don't know how to get to the Buttes so would like to at least follow the car pool.

    May 31, 2012

  • Carah

    anyone want to carpool from Boulder to the Thornton meet up?

    May 31, 2012

  • Debra E.

    Hi - I live in Loveland, can anyone pick me up to car pool at the Exit 255 park n ride? thanks.

    May 28, 2012

  • KenRoberts

    I `s there an opening for those on the wait list? Please go over where and when we meet. Ken

    May 26, 2012

  • Stefan

    Hi. Can anyone give me ride from anywhere downtown/capitol hill/cheesman park? I'll chip in on the gas.

    Thanks,
    Stefan

    May 26, 2012

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