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New Meetup: Dayhike Hidden Mesa. (Near Franktown)

From: Scott
Sent on: Thursday, June 24, 2010 9:09 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Weekend Hikers...Plus!

What: Dayhike Hidden Mesa. (Near Franktown)

When: Wednesday, June 30,[masked]:00 AM

Douglas County Philip Miller Building
100 Third St.
Castle Rock, CO 80104

The address listed is the Douglas County Open Space office. It is not the trailhead.

Folks for this weekend we're trying to stay out of most of the snow. We'll get into that after the first of the year.

The hike: Hidden Mesa Trail

Highlights: Ride or hike this 1224-acre open space buffer between Castle Rock and Franktown. Embark on this soft-surface trail from the trailhead at the old homestead at Parker Road. Follow the farm lane as it crosses over Cherry Creek and then winds up to the top of the mesa where it loops around viewpoints, rock outcroppings, grass and shrublands, as well as pines and junipers.

Trail Rating: Easy in the lower Cherry Creek valley to moderately difficult as you ascend the mesa and traverse over some rocks on the south side of the mesa top and put on some miles.

Trail Length: 7 miles of trail were constructed, plus .3 mile of trail is shared with the Cherry Creek Trail. This trail is seven miles long but once you make the short climb up onto the mesa it's pretty much level. There will be some snow on the trail but not enough for snowshoes.

If you want to take charge of a Nothern park-n-ride let me know and I'll put your information on here.

Directions to the Dry Creek park-n-ride: From I-25 and E Dry Creek Rd., head west on E Dry Creek Rd to the light at S Chester St. Be in the far left lane. Make a u-turn at the light. Now heading east get into the far right lane. In maybe 100 yards the lane veers off for a right hand turn. Now take the left lane that turns up into the park-n-ride. Will the first person to arrive here please put your pack on your hood so others can find you. We?ll leave from this park-n-ride at 9:15. Please be on time!!!! I WILL NOT BE AT THIS PARK-N-RIDE!!! since I live near the trailhead.

Directions to the trailhead: Go South on Parker road almost to Franktown. The trailhead is on your right about one mile before you get to Franktown.

Dogs must be on leash

Those who want to will have lunch after the hike.

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