New Meetup: Columbine Falls to Peacock Pool

From: Chris
Sent on: Monday, August 23, 2010 11:35 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Longmont Hiking Meetup Group!

What: Columbine Falls to Peacock Pool

When: Sunday, August 29,[masked]:00 AM

Where: Lyon's Park-and-Ride
SW Corner of 4th & Broadway
Lyons, CO 80540

Directions:

Meet at the Lyons Park & Ride at 8:00am to carpool to the Longs Peak TH in RMNP. From the Lyons Park and Ride, take CO Hwy 7 west up South Saint Vrain Canyon. At approx 14 miles you'll pass CO Hwy 72 (Peak to Peak Hwy), at approx 18.75 miles you'll pass Allenspark, and at approx 20.5 miles you'll pass the Wild Basin Entrance. Continue on Hwy 7 for a total of approx 24.3 miles from Lyons to the Longs Peak Ranger Station. There is a sign here, and it's a left turn right before a sweeping right. Turn left and proceed another mile to the trailhead.

Description:

This hike is around 7.8 miles round-trip ? with about 2,040? elevation change. It is an out-and-back - and we want to try making it work for everyone ? while giving each a wonderful day. Faster hikers will reach Peacock Pool ? and hang there for perhaps half an hour ? enjoying lunch ? giving others the chance to make the full hike. Then, everyone will begin heading back ? collecting Longmont Hiking Group members along the way. Those who do not make Peacock Pool will need to turn around and return to the Longs Peak Trailhead parking lot. A good goal might be to stop for a leisurely lunch around the two-hour mark.

Peacock Pool lies at the base of Columbine Falls in the Roaring Fork Drainage. The shallow shores and deep center cause different shades of soft colors to shimmer in the water. The sporty 260' descent from the trail to the lake involves scrambling across the (loose) talus slope. Take the East Longs Peak Trail for 3.25 miles to Chasm Junction - hike southwest on the Chasm Lake Spur Trail for 0.5 miles - to a point on the trail directly above Peacock Pool. Leave the trail and scramble/descend the talus slope to the base of Columbine Falls. The falls roar magnificently over the dark, 100 foot cliffs to plunge into a rock basin and spill over a shelf into Peacock Pool. Further scramble down a grassy, rock-laden shelf to the shores of the pool - a lovely alpine tarn encircled in vegetation. Look for two distinctive Longs Peak hallmarks - the Diamond - and the Beaver - rising above the water-stained cliffs above the southwestern shore.

Sorry - RMNP hikes are not dog-friendly

Suggested Donation: $1.00

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