HOOSIER PASS, WEST (CRYSTAL LAKE)

  • June 22, 2013 · 9:30 AM

Hoosier Pass was named because of its proximity to Hoosier Ridge. It is the gap between Hoosier Ridge and Mount Lincoln. The ridges as well as the Pass get their name from prospectors from Indiana who named it after their home state in the 1860's while searching for minerals in the neighboring Tenmile and Mosquito Ranges.

Hoosier Pass rises to an elevation of 11,541 feet. It's a high mountain pass in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado, situated on the continental divide at the northern tip of Mosquito Range in a space between Mount Democrat in the west and Hoosier Ridge in the east.
The Mosquito Range is a high mountain range rising to an elevation of about 14,000 feet with Hoosier Pass at its northern tip. The range's peaks create a ridge that runs north-south for about 40 miles from southern Summit County in the north, and along the boundary between Lake and Park counties.

Highlights: Spectacular views of 14ers Bross, Lincoln and Quandary, mining ruins and Montgomery Reservoir and Crystal Lake.
Length: Approx. 4 miles roundtrip
Difficulty Rating: Easy
Elevation Gain: Approx. 700 ft.

Description: This is the perfect hike for those who want the exhilaration of hiking above tree line without the lung popping elevation gains often required to get there.

Directions: Head west on I-70 to the town of Breckenridge and Frisco. You will be entering Frisco first and then a few miles down the road you will be entering the town of Breckenridge. Proceed through the town and continue south on Route 9 from Breckenridge to the top of Hoosier Pass about 9.7 miles from the last traffic light in town. Parking is on your right at the continental divide sign.
We hope to see you there!
Sincerely,
Don

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  • Harry

    Enjoyed hiking with everyone. Was great to meet you all.

    June 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice morning! Great to meet everyone!

    June 23, 2013

  • Don

    It was very nice to meet those who I have never met and those who I haven't seen for a very long time. I hope to see you all again soon!

    June 23, 2013

  • Michelle

    i had an awesome time meeting new people and doing and finishing that hike...look forward to more with this group.

    June 22, 2013

  • Joanne

    Beautiful hike!! Thanks! Enjoyed God's creation & his creatures (us :)). Sorry I didn't get to go on the last loop. Don - found a yummy ice cream place in Fairplay!! (Not the one on the main drag.)

    June 22, 2013

  • Julio

    For My first hike! It was awesome!!!!!

    June 22, 2013

  • Melinda M.

    Had a great time, it was a fabulous walk, terrific scenery and a friendly group. Chatted to most people that didn't need a translator (Australian - American!). Took a few photos, the family back in Auckland and Brisbane will be very impressed. Thanks for a good choice!

    June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good people and great views in an uncrowded area!

    June 22, 2013

  • Adam

    Parked across from gas station, will wander around a bit in Lockheed Martin hat

    June 22, 2013

  • Julio

    Rav 4 and subaru white

    June 22, 2013

  • Julio

    We are on AA parking space

    June 22, 2013

  • Michelle

    [masked]

    June 22, 2013

  • Michelle

    6 min out

    June 22, 2013

  • Michelle

    I am on my way

    June 22, 2013

  • Don

    Folks, as this route is new to me also let's try to be at the trailhead between 9:30 and 10. Look for the HWY 9 sign. I have Harry's phone number so we're in good hands at the destination site.

    June 22, 2013

  • Tammy

    Wooly Mammoth parking area is west of Morisson Road at the intersection of US 40/Hwy 26 and I-70. I take exit 259/ Morisson off of I70, keep right at the fork, then turn left at light. Call me at[masked] if you have problems.

    June 22, 2013

  • Tammy

    Did all the carpoolers read Don's message? Looks like we'll still meet at Wooly Mammoth at 7:30, but we'll drive an alternate route, instead of I70. We'll take 285 South to Fairplay and catch Hwy 9 to Hoosier Pass. I'm going to look this up on google maps since I'm not familiar with it!
    So far these are the names I have for carpooling: Julio, Cedric, Timothy, Adam, Joyce, and Kathy. If there is anyone else joining us, please respond today, makes it easier to know how many cars we'll need.
    Since the parking lot is large, let's try to meet close to the Conoco station which is across the street. I'll be in a taupe RAV4.
    Tammy

    June 21, 2013

    • Amber S.

      I would also like to join the carpool at Wooly Mammoth. [masked] Thank you!!

      June 21, 2013

    • Don

      Tammy, thanks so much for doing this. You've done a far better job than I would have ever done! It's the hardest job of Meetup!

      June 22, 2013

  • Howard Z

    Don, I am good with 285. We could meet in Fairplay and carpool up to the pass, if we come back the same way. I may stay over Sunday in the Salida Area.

    June 20, 2013

    • Don

      Howard could you please call me. I didn't see this message until just now ) Saturday 5:30AM

      June 22, 2013

  • hana

    Okay. I meet you. 0730. Wooly mammoth. Parking lot. THANKS. See. U then

    June 21, 2013

  • Melinda M.

    Hi Don, we are going to drive straight there - I note you said parking is "on the right at the continental divide sign".......is that where the group will be meeting at 9.30am? THANKS......

    June 21, 2013

  • hana

    Okay. I meet you. 0730. Wooly mammoth. Parking lot. THANKS. See. U then

    June 21, 2013

  • Julio

    Are there some cross streets at the point where we're going to meet rather than a sign? Thus in order to find them on the map

    June 21, 2013

  • Michelle

    julio...was wondering if I may ride with you

    June 21, 2013

    • Julio

      Of course!

      June 21, 2013

  • Don

    I hate driving I-70. I have to go with Annette's advice/suggestions. Tammy there is no reason to change time and place for your carpools but instead of continuing up I-70 have your caravan change course to C-470 E to HWY 285 Southbound. Let's don't mess around with I-70.
    The folks who went this way last year told me it was amazing. Let's go a different route!

    June 21, 2013

  • Michelle

    hi I'm michelle...I would like to do the hike...was wondering if I may ride with someone?

    June 21, 2013

  • Julio

    Tammy I will meet you at Wooly mammoth at 7:30 am! I will be driving but I can carpool 3 more

    June 21, 2013

  • Amber S.

    Is anyone carpooling from the Denver area?

    June 21, 2013

  • hana

    WHERE IS ADDRESS TO MEET?

    June 21, 2013

  • Tim H

    Count me in on the carpooling

    June 21, 2013

  • Tammy

    Just to clarify...
    Who is planning to meet at Wooly Mammoth parking area at 7:30???? We can decide who's driving and who's riding from there

    June 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone!
    First, I look forward to meeting you an hope we see plenty of mountain goat babies.

    I just arrived at my home in Frisco to discover that the well isn't pulling enough water for a camping group. Not enough water for toilets is problematic! Hopefully, I can offer a group get together up here another time yet this summer.

    I will say however that tourist traffic up here has been very low so there may be plenty of camp sites on Prospectors Hill. This is nice camping by the lake.

    I drove up from Superior, Colorado and due to blasting, it took me 1 hour 45 minutes. If you can avoid I70, please do or expect delays with increased traffic in the morning.

    Annette Bader

    June 20, 2013

  • Don

    I believe you'll be okay Tammy. If you leave the parking lot at the time you indicated. However, I really want to check the 285 route out. Something new for the new year!

    June 20, 2013

  • Tammy

    Is there any way we can check on any possible traffic delays along I70? I would be willing to take the other route, if the other carpoolers agree....

    June 20, 2013

  • Adam

    Oh that's a long drive. I'm up for carpooling, coming from Littleton/Morrison area - could do Wooly Mammoth or could meet someone closer.

    June 18, 2013

    • Tammy

      We're meeting at Wooly Mammoth at 7:30 if you'd like to join us.

      June 19, 2013

  • Don

    sometimes I-70 can be pretty rugged to drive with all the construction going on. We had members who hiked this trail last year and found taking I-285 to Fairplay then take HWY 9 over to Hoosier Pass was a pretty neat drive. Going up I-70 through Frisco and Breckenridge may be a bit busy.

    June 19, 2013

  • Joyce

    I would like to carpool too. When should we meet at Woolly Mammoth?

    June 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be coming from Frisco. I would like to bring my very friendly black lab

    June 19, 2013

  • Annie

    I'd like to carpool too if possible. Just to note: there was work in Idaho Springs by the tunnel which was delaying westbound traffic when I went through there last weekend.

    June 18, 2013

  • kathy

    Tammy, Cedric: Sure, I'd like to carpool, but I forget which is Woolly Mammoth. How about a cardinal direction, like: NE, NW, NWW, SE?

    June 18, 2013

  • kathy

    What about dogs?

    June 18, 2013

  • kathy

    HI, not sure: are you all camping overnight or just hiking? Hike looks great, I can camp Fri. but not Sat. night due to Sun. commitment. Would want to carpool from Denver!

    June 17, 2013

  • Tammy

    Ok! I'm willing to get the carpooling conversation started! I think the best place would be to meet at the Wooly Mammoth PnR, probably by 7:30 am (not quite sure if that's enough time to get to the trailhead by 9:30). Don, can you help us with the amount of time it takes to get up there?
    Any takers?

    June 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'd be willing to carpool from the Woolly Mammoth Park & Ride, as either a rider or a driver. My car can fit four (though the folks in the back need to be rather small).

      June 17, 2013

  • Don

    Tammy, I would say you are right on about the time people should be there and ready to go by 7:45 AM. I need to look into what festivities are happening in Frisco and Breckenridge as you have to travel through both towns. The BBQ jamboree is around this time.
    But thanks for starting this up Tammy. I do appreciate it very much!

    June 17, 2013

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