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New Meetup: Dayhike at Alderfer/Three Sisters at 11:30 AM

From: kimmykazu
Sent on: Monday, December 6, 2010 9:59 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Weekend Hikers...Plus!

What: Dayhike at Alderfer/Three Sisters at 11:30 AM

When: Saturday, December 11,[masked]:30 AM

Where: Three Sisters/Alderfer Park
Hwy 73
Evergreen, CO 80439

It’s been a couple months since we have been to this spot. I have not fully decided which loop to do. But it will be just above 4 in mileage. This is an easy hike with minimal(500 feet) elevation gain.

What: Alderfer/Three Sisters Park

When: Saturday December 11, 2010

I will be running Red Rocks before this so I will not be meeting you at the Park n Ride. I will meet you at the Trail Head at 11:15. If anyone wants to take charge of the Wadsworth and Hampden Park n Ride, let me know. smile

The hike will start at 11:30 am sharp.

Natural resources: The dominant features of this Open Space park are the rock outcroppings known as "The Three Sisters" and "The Brother". The outcrops are metamorphic rock of the Precambrian Era which consist largely of silver plume quartz. A trail leads to the top of "The Brother" where a commanding view of Evergreen and the surrounding valleys reward the hiker. The park is also home to many types of birds and animals. A turkey vulture, Cooper's hawk, red shafted flicker, Stellar's jay, raven and mountain bluebird have all been sighted on the park. Chipmunks, several types of squirrels, and other small wildlife also live here. The pine forest which covers most of the park shelters a wide variety of mountain plant life.

History: Early settlers include the original homesteader, James T. Hester, builder of the first house and barn in 1873. A fire consumed the buildings in 1894, with traces of the ice house and potato cellar visible until recently. A portion of Alderfer/Three Sisters Park was donated by the Alderfer family. In 1945, E.J. Alderfer and his wife, Arleta, moved into the ranch house built in 1894 by George Dollison. They remodeled the house and raised silver fox and Aberdeen Angus cattle on the ranch until 1970, when pasturing of horses became the dominant use of the land. Over the years, the Alderfers also operated a sawmill and did custom haying. At one point, the Alderfers had over 1,000 acres under their control through leases and purchases in this area. The northern section of this park (including the Three Sisters Peaks) was obtained from the Spencer Wyant family, who also made a considerable gift to the Open Space legacy of Jefferson County. From 1977 to 1986, Jefferson County Open Space acquired the property (185 acres from the Alderfer Partnership, 57 acres from the Spencer Wyant family and the remaining 94 acres from the Alderfer Partnership in 1986). An additional 440 acres are leased from the State Land Board. Much of the park was donated by the E.J. Alderfer and Spencer Wyant families.Directions to the park-n-ride: From Wadsworth Blvd. & Hampden, continue south on Wadsworth Blvd. to W. Jefferson Ave. Right on W. Jefferson Ave., into park-n-Ride. Riders will be expected to pitch in for gas. We plan on leaving this park-n-ride at 9:00 am.

Directions to the trailhead: Take I-70 West and get off at exit 252. Follow Evergreen Pkwy South for 8 miles to a stoplight intersection with CR 73. Turn right and go .06 miles to the Buffalo Park Road. Turn right and go 2.3 miles to the upper parking lot. It's the one with the bathroom.

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