The weather forecast for Sunday shows a signficant chance of rain morning and afternoon, with a chance of lightning after noon. As this is an 11 mile hike, we wouldn't be finished before noon.
Rosalie Peak (13,575’) is the 207th highest peak in Colorado, and is in the Mt. Evans Wilderness area. The trailhead is about an hour drive from C470 down US 285 South. From the summit we’ll have views of many mountains near and far including various 14ers and 13ers. About 2/3 of the hike is below tree line, and most of the hike is on an easy-to-follow trail.
Moderate to Difficult: 11 miles RT (out-and-back on same trail), 4300’ of elevation gain
Mostly on-trail with possibly some mild Class II scrambling near the summit
Carpool Meeting Place & Time: 6:45am @ parking lot in front of The Fort
Hike start time @ Trailhead: approx. 8am; Hike finish time (TH): ~mid-afternoon
After-Hike Gathering: Crossroads Pub & Grill, Pine Junction
BRING: We won’t know the trail conditions until we get there, but the forecast (http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=39.530922942800544&lon=-105.57638168334961&site=bou&unit=0&lg=en&FcstType=text) for the area suggests daytime temps in the 50s all week, so I don't know if we will need snow shoes. It is possible we might need them at higher elevations. We might need tractions devices, e.g. Micro Spikes, so please bring both snow shoes and traction devices just in case. Also bring your ten essentials, including rain and wind gear. As the post-hike gathering won’t be until mid-afternoon, bring lunch or snacks, and plenty of water.
Directions to Deer Creek Trailhead: If you are planning on meeting us at the trailhead instead of carpooling, please email me. Take US 285 South from C470. About 4 miles after Pine Junction, turn right onto Park County Road 43A (at a traffic light and gas station). Zero your odometer. At 6.9 miles, the road splits—turn left towards Deer Creek Campground—CR43 (Meridian Campground CR47 is on the right). Turn right at mile 8.1 to the Deer Creek Campground/TH—the TH is at mile 8.9.
NOTES (PLEASE READ!!):
1) PLEASE READ, UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO OUR GENERAL RULES, PHILOSOPHY AND LIABILITY WAIVER ON THE MAIN PAGE. We are not responsible for your safety, behavior or whereabouts at any time during an outing. Please use common sense.
2) Bring extra water, as high elevations dehydrate the body at a faster rate.
3) Hiking poles would be helpful for some of the steep grades and uneven terrain.
4) Please remember that mountain hiking might mean that we end up spreading out according to our pace and fitness levels. If you do split off ahead from the group, please wait at the summit for most of the members to arrive. If you can not complete the hike and need to turn back, please inform your organizer that you are leaving.
5) IF you run a carpool, or participate in a carpool, please coordinate with each other as to your individual pace and meeting back at the parking lot!
6) Bring a change of shoes for the restaurant. I suggest some sort of flip-flops. Your feet will thank you!
7) Have fun!!