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ABOUT THIS TRIP:
It's time to venture a little further and higher to get our legs ready for the season ahead. This is a wonderful hike above historic Bergen Park with panoramic views all along the route.
Although the views from the wooded summit of Bergen Peak (9.708 ft) are somewhat obscured, there is a vantage point just south of the actual summit with nice views in all directions except the north. From this rocky viewpoint, you can see the peaks of the Mt. Evans massif, including Epaulet Mountain, Spalding Mountain, Mount Warren, and Mount Evans as well as Chief and Squaw Mountains to the west. To the south Thunder Butte can be seen and Pikes Peak rears its head in the far distance. Mount Morrison, Denver and the plains can be seen to the east.
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LUNCH (OPTIONAL): Afterwards, we will gather for a late lunch at TBD.
DOGS: Dogs welcome, but check for ticks!
INTERMEDIATE DIFFICULTY / AVERAGE FITNESS / STEADY PACE:
See photos for a description of hiking difficulty.
We will take a short break roughly every hour along the route, and a 20 minute break at the upper viewpoint after tagging the summit.
This is a 10+ mile hike on variable trails with mountain bikes passing by. You should be in good physical shape and be capable of maintaining a 2 MPH pace over varying terrain. As a guideline, you should have a 2 hour hike on hilly terrain under your hipbelt for the season (or similar level of fitness). The hike will be on varied trail conditions possibly including snow, ice and loose rock. We may encounter temperature changes and rain. You should have the experience to cope with these changes during the day.
MAP / PROFILE / INFO:
JeffCo Park Map: https://www.jeffco.us/DocumentCenter/View/9369/Elk-Meadow-Park-Map
Route Map: https://caltopo.com/m/RPSP
See photos for Route Map & Profile
DISTANCE & ELEVATION:
10.5 Miles with 2,420 Ft Elevation Gain / Loss
8:00 - OPTIONAL - Meet at Wooly Mammoth Parking Lot Section HH to Carpool
8:05 - DEPART carpool lot
8:30 – Meet at trailhead; introductions
8:35 - Start hike
3:00-4:00pm – Complete hike / return to TH
Optional Carpool from Wooly Mammoth Parking Lot, Section HH at the I-70 Morrison Exit.
Meet at 800am for an 805am departure. https://goo.gl/maps/R4EJjUMKWEuyqK6b7
Lewis Ridge Trailhead, also "Elk Meadow Park" on Google Maps. http://bit.ly/2WGvddT
EQUIPMENT: This is a long dayhike. Be prepared to be outside for 5 - 6 hours. Bring plenty of water (2 quarts/liters minimum), snacks / lunch, and clothing (warm layer/jacket and a rain jacket, hat or cap, sunglasses).
REI has an equipment list at https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/day-hiking-checklist.html
RSVP POLICY: Keep updated! No-shows and cancellations less than 24 hrs before start will be marked as "no-show." Three no-shows, and buh-bye.
If this is your first meetup with Hiking With Pride, RSVP and then complete the short form following the link below. Organizers need to keep your emergency contact's information on file in case of an accident or other emergencies.
Your safety is your choice. Part of the fun in a group is learning new things about the outdoors. We share stories, tips and happily share our knowledge of gear and trails with others. Though we care about your well-being is true, your personal safety is 100% your responsibility on a trip. The trip organizer provides an opportunity for everyone to enjoy the event together and has no responsibility or liability for the safety of participants.