SPENDING THE 4th of JULY HIKING AND LISTENING TO MUSIC IN NEDERLAND, CO.

  • July 4, 2014 · 8:30 AM

Hello Everyone!

I took some time off to check out TIMBBERLINE FALLS which was the hike we were scheduled to hike tomorrow and I don’t like it. Both campgrounds were in complete chaos. The campsites are full of families with kids kicking balls around, running into the roads, cyclists were all over the Peak to Peak Highway and in addition getting to Timberline Falls is a lot further from Nederland than I thought. I would like to stay within the Nederland/Caribou Theme for this 4th of July.

Caribou Ranch Open Space is Boulder's highest open space, well above 8000 feet. The Caribou Ranch Open Space provides a nice level trail with minimal elevation gain. Additionally, Caribou Ranch features a wide variety of wildlife not commonly seen in the other Boulder open spaces including Moose, Elk, the Short-tailed Weasel, and Beaver. A herd of at least 175 Elk use the area as transitional range in the spring and fall, with Elk calving and rearing in the spring.

Caribou Ranch is home to the Delonde Homestead, set in a meadow that includes Beaver ponds. An old ranch road pulls off of Blue Bird Loop to the homestead. There are picnic tables near the homestead. The trails of Caribou Ranch Open Space not only wind through excellent wildlife habitat, but also take you on a historic journey into the mining era of the 1870s, past an old homestead, and along a scenic railroad route of the early 1900s. This moderate trail starts in a ponderosa pine and Douglas fir forest. The area also features the Blue Bird Mine, though the mine complex can not be directly accessed. A small trail segment leads off of Blue Bird Loop up to the mine.
The heavy density of Aspens makes Caribou Ranch an excellent spot for fall aspen color tree viewing, certainly some of the best near Boulder and Nederland.

No dogs are permitted in Caribou Ranch.

This is a easy 7-8 mile stroll through a very pleasant area...very nice memories of the mid 70's.

Directions to Mud Lake TRAIL HEAD
From Denver, take US-36 into the city of Boulder or 93 from Golden. Take CO-119/Canyon Blvd west for 17.1 miles, to the town of Nederland. You will see Barker Meadow Reservoir on your left. At the town's round about, you will take CO-72 (Peak To Peak Hwy)  Take gravel road CR-126. Do not take the Caribou Ranch Rd. which is the first road you'll come to when you're driving out of town. Take a right at the SECOND sign that says Caribou Open Space and the look for the parking lot for MUD LAKE. 

We’ll pick up the trail near the information board and walk about 150 ft to where the trail connects with the Mud Lake Trail. We’ll hang a left and hike alongside Mud Lake until we connect with the Tungstun Loop Trail for a few hundred ft when the Tungstun Loop Trail connects with the Kinnickinnick Loop. This loop is around 1.1 miles. Take a left at the Kinnickinnick Loop until we arrive where we started at the Tungstun Loop. We’ll take a left at the trail sign and hike .5 miles to connect with the Caribou Ranch Link for another 5 miles to the Caribou Ranch Open Space. The Caribou Ranch Open Space Loop and the Blue Bird Loop is a 5 mile loop. The Delonde Homestead is where we’ll explore this “ghost town” and have lunch. 

On the way back we’ll follow the Caribou Ranch Open Space Trail to the Tungstun Loop where we’ll take another left to connect with the Mud Lake Trail and back to where we started from. 


After the hike we’re heading back to Nederlands but not until I show you something very special which inspired my youth!!! The Caribou Ranch Recording Studio! My aunt was a recording producer at Caribou so I spent 4  of my high school years up in Nederland and had the best time a kid could ask for. Spending time with musicians such as Dan Fogleberg, Joe Walsh before he became a member of the Eagles and Gerry Beckley from the group AMERICA are memories I’ll never forget. I was there when Elton John had an argument with Stevie Wonder who was going to drive into Nederland! Of course we all know Stevie Wonder is blind. Sir Elton was recording an album titled, "Caribou". 

So, what we need to do is head on back on the Peak to Peak Highway until we see a sigh which says Sugarloaf Mountain. Remember the group Sugarloaf (Green eyed Lady)? Take a left there and wait until we’re all together. What you’ll see from this perch could have been and maybe should have been a Colorado Woodstock!!! 

Rose of Cimmarron by POCO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7k0NZ4XidM&list=PL8F9E9185534F8143&index=13

Most of the key players on the West Coast/Colorado country rock circuit had crossed paths many times by then. They’d jammed and sung informally, sat in with each other’s groups, and written songs together. They’d caroused with the womenfolk, told many a tall tale, and shared mass quantities of controlled substances (thus making “Rocky Mountain High” a double entendre). I used to watch a lot of people from this overlook when I was a kid…very good people! We’ll have to park on the side of the road and should stay just for a short time.

Part of the Plan by Dan Fogleberg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yJVramlU4U


From here we’ll continue to travel on the dirt road back to the Peak to Peak and into Nederland. Drive slow on the way down and look to your right and you’ll see a gateway made of wooden logs. This is the gateway to the Caribou Ranch Recording Studio. Many of you may have a CHICAGO album with a picture of the band sitting on a wooden gate. It’s the same!!! 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caribou_Ranch.

We’ll continue into Nederland and meet at the 

http://www.carouselofhappiness.org/ 

Please read about this incredible carousel and how it found its way to Nederland, CO. This carousel has gone through more innovations, reconstruction and maintenance than the Alamo. Once we get reunited we’ll go shopping in Nederland. If you take a look at a MJ shop by the name of the Canary Sings, this was Joe Walsh’s studio apartment while he was working on his solo album Barnstorm. We'll definitely check out the Pioneer Bar where most of these musicians hung out together, had Friday night concerts and had a Peaceful Easy Feeling!

Let's hang out in Nederland, listen to some music in Chipeta Park, and then head on down to Barker Reservoir for the firework display which I believe begins at 9 PM.

Have a great day everyone!
Sincerely
Don

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  • Tracey

    Thank you Don for a great hike. I had a wonderful time yesterday and really enjoyed meeting everyone. It was a great group! I am looking forward to the next one.

    July 5

  • Tricia

    Hi All....I was not a 'no-show' for the Nederland hike...but unfortunately, due to a very busy day Thursday, did not get the change of venue info., so drove up to the original destination (Peaceful Valley campgrounds) and hiked up the trail a far piece and did meet some fellow travelers and great dogs!! On the lookout for a large group (still hoping I'd find you), but no luck, of course!! Afterward, I drove to Nederland and kept my eyes out for you guys (and Don, with his distinctive beard!) but to no avail. Next time, right? I did enjoy the hike, but it is a VERY long drive up to that trailhead from Arvada. I do love hiking the Caribou Open Space, and the fascinating history along the way. Lesson learned: check last-minute emails for possible changes, and get a couple of cell #'s for contacts!! See y'all soon (I hope). :~)

    July 4

    • Don

      How far did you hike Timberline Falls Tricia???

      July 4

    • Nikki

      I too hiked from Dick's not knowing of the change of location. I enjoyed a solo hike along the Middle St. Vrain. Maybe

      July 5

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Don for organizing the amazing adventure day! You made it fun with all your history and facts. I enjoyed the meandering hike and the great group of people. Thanks everyone for making it wonderful holiday outing and for all the pictures to help with the memories of the day!

    July 5

    • Don

      Don't forget Darlene, you were a part of all of our memories also!!!

      July 5

  • Dorothea

    Thank you for another wonderful hike, Don. Great company, wonderful "tour" and hike . According to my Fitbit we hikes 11.5 miles (including the walk in Nederland), about 25,000 steps, burned 1161 calories. :0)

    July 4

    • Debbie

      Great photos Doro! Thanks for uploading the memories!

      July 5

  • Gail

    Thank you for a great hike at Caribou Ranch and walking through Nederland, Don. It was nice hearing your stories about growing up in that area around so many celebrities!

    July 5

  • Don

    I've hiked this trail over and over through out my life with so many different people but today was very special. As many times I've hiked this trail today was one of the finest hikes I've ever gone on and it wasn't just the hike, it was the people who shared this day with me. Mark and Pam, thanks for bringing your daughter with us, I've been wanting to make this group more family friendly for a very long time. Though Lisa Ford and Anne couldn't be with us, they know they're always with us no matter where they're at.

    Anne and Lisa I believe I'm speaking for a lot of people when I say:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3g9pVEi8xY

    1 · July 4

    • Don

      You bet

      July 5

    • Don

      There were a lot of good feelings weren't there Debbie!!!

      July 5

  • Pam

    Thank you for all the time planning the day, Don. The hike was beautiful and I enjoyed your perspectives on Caribou Ranch!

    July 4

  • Judith O.

    Good company, fun town

    1 · July 4

  • ZJD

    Sounds like a fantastic day..wish I could have joined. Have fun!

    July 4

  • Emilio

    I'm running late, can I meet you at the Caribou Ranch link. Thank you

    July 4

  • Don

    2 door, charcoal gray jeep with a Nederland sticker on the back window.

    July 4

  • Don

    DORO and Tina I'll see you at 7:15 at the parking lot of JC Penney's. South door. If anyone else would like a ride I do have room for one more and will meet you at the dirt parking lot on HWY 93 and HWY 170. You'll find the dirt parking lot on the east side of HWY 93 (El Dorado). We should be there around 7:40.

    July 4

  • David P.

    I am in Lakewood/Golden - Wud like to carpool up H93 with someone, IS Tracey, or anyone else interested in meeting somewhere near C470 or Golden ? [masked] Thanks

    July 3

  • Tracey

    Hi Don: I am okay to drive myself. See you all there!

    July 3

  • Tracey

    Don-I am driving from Highlands Ranch and would take a ride connecting on 93 if you have room! Thank you.

    July 3

  • Debbie

    So glad to have made it in at the last moment! Does anyone know how much time I should allow to get to the trailhead by 8:30am if I'm leaving from the C-470 & Broadway area in SW Denver?

    July 1

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