We will hike on the Colorado Trail near where it crosses County Road 126 South of Buffalo Creek. We will start from north of the Little Scraggy Trailhead.
To reach the TH drive west on Southbound US 285 to Pine Junction. Go south on Pine Valley Road (Jeffco 126) through Pine and continue south. Pass through Buffalo Creek and ascend the hill going south. About four miles from Buffalo Creek you reach Forest Service Road 550 where you turn to the west. There is a parking lot close to the intersection. We will meet at the lot because it easy to find. However, we will park along CR126 a mile or so north of FS550 where the Colorado Trail crosses CR126.
The trail goes northbound through an open (burned over) area toward the now-closed Top of the World campground. We will go three or four miles, have lunch and return the way we came. The trail goes up and down some but there is not much elevation change. Be prepared for snow in some shady spots.
The trail features some rounded boulders and rock outcrops and great views. We will do a short bushwhack up to the defunct Top of the World campground and (ahem) energy vortex.
Starting elevation: 7,760 (N39°21.35’ W105°14.86’)
Ending elevation: 7,620 ft
High point: about 7,689 ft
Distance: 7 miles round trip
Pace: moderate (about 2 miles per hour)
Time on the trail: four hours
Overall subjective rating: pretty easy
Dogs are welcome though they must keep their owners on a leash.
Bring water and lunch. Dress in layers. There may be some snow on the trail so bring your traction devices.
You participate in this hike at your own risk.