Looks like there may be some sunshine Friday before the storm moves in Friday evening and the weather turns pretty chilly for the weekend. Let's do a lower elevation hike at Bobcat Ridge. Plan to hike the lower section of the Valley Loop Trail to the old ranch cabin, up to Power Line Trail to Mahoney Park, take the D. R. Trail back to the Valley Loop Trail, and back to the parking lot. Bring 1-2 liters of water and a snacks/lunch. Hiking boots, trekking poles, hat, and, sunscreen also recommended. Bring clothing for the expected weather conditions. Current forecast is for partly sunny skies and light winds with temperatures in the 30's and a chance of some snow flurries after noon. Here's a link to the predicted weather. Don't think there should be much snow/ice on the trails so don't plan to carry my traction cleats.
Here's a link to brochure for the Bobcat Ridge area: http://www.fcgov.com/naturalareas/pdf/bobcat-site-brochure08.pdf
Total Hike distance: About 8.0 miles.
Trailhead Elevation: About 5450 ft.
Max elevation: About 6700 ft.
Total elevation gain: ~1500 ft.
Intermediate level hike at moderate pace (about 2 mph including stops), all on trail. Some climbing up the Power Line Trail (about 1300 ft. in about 2 miles). Hike should take about 4 hours with about a 45 minute drive both to and from the trailhead.
Please read the hike description carefully and don't sign up for the hike unless you are confident you can complete the described hike (expected conditions, RT distance, total climb, max elevation, and pace).
No dogs allowed in the Bobcat Ridge Natural Area.
Please be prompt so others are not kept waiting.
We do regrouping stops at all trail intersections.
Please, don't show up for a hike unless your YES RSVP has been accepted for you and any guest(s) that you intend to bring with you.
Please cancel if you decide not to attend so spaces will be available for others.
Hiking is risky. Every year people are hurt and killed because they go beyond their abilities, get lost, or bring the wrong gear. I normally lead hikes that I've done before. I don't do technical climbs but some of my hikes have strenuous climbs that may require using some handholds and require good physical strength and agility. I am not a professional guide. You are responsible for yourself. By signing up for this hike you acknowledge that you are solely responsible for your own safety and will do the necessary research to understand the conditions of this hike and the gear and conditioning you require.
And lastly, anyone choosing to hike with our group should carry personal medical insurance and a CORSAR (Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue) card in case of an emergency.