Past Meetup

Fall Colors Hike: Bartlett Trail, Rye (premeetup below)

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Rye/Colorado City Rest Area

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How to find us

Meet at the Colorado City/Rye Rest stop exit I-25 & CR 165 between 9:10-9:20 AM. We can carpool or caravan to TH from there

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The Bartlett Trail is in the Greenhorn Mountain wilderness area so mountain bikers and motorized vehicles are prohibited. They trail head west from the upper parking area to a registration box and a junction about two minutes up the trail the left fork is the old Bartlett trail as shown on the topo maps. It can be followed but it is not maintained

To follow the mountain trail take the right fork, which has several sets of switchbacks and some good views. At mile marker 1.75 on a ridge top you may see the old Bartlett trail coming in from the left which is now blocked by logs across the trail. At mile marker 2.75 the trail crosses the North Apache Creek. The North Apache Creek is not labeled but is a sizable creek and is a good landmark if you plan to hike to Apache falls (which we will not be doing, very steep and rocky, the other end of the trail is on private property and the owner does not allow access)

Plan to get to the top of the ridge where Bartlett trail intersects with the Apache Falls Trail. The trail is well-traveled so you can turn around anytime if it proves too difficult. total elevation gain is approximately 1500 feet I considered the trail to be moderate difficulty.

The Bartlett trail is south of Rye. From the intersection of Main Street & Boulder Avenue in Rye, travel .9 mile south on Boulder Avenue to a T in the road at Granger Drive and S. Haynes Ln. Drive East on Granger for .2 of a mile then turn south right on Hunter Rd., Follow Hunter Road .7 miles to Baxter Road. Turn west or right onto Baxter Road and follow it .5 mile, then turn cell left. Followed the Bartlett Trail Road 2.9 miles to parking area and the trail head.

Since there is no rain predicted the road should be dry.

Note: it is a dirt road though, and there could be ruts along the way. If you would like to carpool, please post on website to see who is available to drive.

What to bring: Dress in light layers. The temperatures are predicted to be 60 to 70° with a slight breeze. Bring your favorite sunscreen, bug spray, sunglasses, hat, snack, lunch, and enough water for you and your pups. Also remember to bring a leash for safety purposes. There are areas where the dogs can access water but they are few and far between. Should be a great day to hike this trail. Come and enjoy the day.