Past Meetup

Putney Gulch

This Meetup is past

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OK, lets try this again. Last time (in April) we all got stuck in the snow!!!

http://gazette.com/ring-the-peak-putney-gulch-to-horsethief-park/article/92226#HJQl0xT4xdpJ3RHl.99 To get there: Take U.S. 24 west to Divide; turn left on Colorado 67 and drive past Mueller State Park. Watch for sign for Crags Campground and turn left on county road 62. Follow road past Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp and the Crags Campground. Don't turn into the campground; instead, continue on this road to the right until it ends. Google GPS coordinates for the Mennonite Camp:[masked], [masked] The meetup map is close this time!

Distance: about 5 miles one-way, 500 feet elevation gain. (that's 10 miles total, for those who wish to do the whole thing. Chances are most of us will do part and then turn around and head back).

The Hike:
The trail begins by paralleling a marshy area, and soon heads uphill on one of the steepest portions. This is an old Jeep road with some ruts and rocks, but after this section, it smooths out to a soft singletrack. Continue your climb to the top of a ridge, and in season, watch for the blood-red blossoms of Indian paintbrush along the way.

At the ridge, you'll reach one of the sections of trail built by the Friends of the Peak. Here, you begin a downhill portion, winding slowly through the mixed-growth forest that is dark and damp and at spots glows with an emerald blanket of moss. The trees open a little at the point where the trail will be finished at the end of this month.
Continue heading downhill, where the trees give way to a tall-grass meadow. Cross the creek and follow the trail as it curves to your right, back into the forest.
You'll head uphill again, on a more gradual incline, as you wind back around toward Horsethief Park. Another steep section follows before you break out of the trees again and are rewarded with a stunning view of Sentinel Peak.
Continue along the trail through the grasses in the park, with hills to your right and marshy ponds to your left. Cross the creek and again turn right in your last downhill segment. ** If the is your first event with us for 2014, please bring your $5 annual dues with you. They will be collected before the event begins. **