Going to be a nice weekend, I will be on the Low Gap and Tecumseh trails in Morgan Monroe/Yellowwood State Forest, maybe check out the new shelter on Indian Hill, route/time flexible. Contact me if interested and we can set up a rendezvous.
Friday we will meet at the fire tower. Then we will hike out to the ruins and camp right on the lake (3 miles) and then Saturday we will hike out to the peninsula and camp on the water again (6.5 miles). Sunday we will return to the fire tower (6.5 miles).
I expect a total of around 16 miles once the itinerary is mapped out. Some of the hiking will be off of official trails. The trails should be moderately difficult with occasional strenuous sections.
The trip will be family friendly.
Well behaved dogs are welcome.
If you have any questions please ask in the comments or message me.
This is also cross posted on the Ohio Valley Backpackers meetup site.
Current plan (subject to change):
We will be spending a week peak bagging in the Sangre de Cristo and San Juan mountains.
Saturday: fly in to Denver (please arrive no later than Saturday morning); hit the REI (you will want to rent or buy a climbing helmet for the class 3 climbs); drive to the Upper South Colony 4WD trailhead; camp at or near trailhead.
Sunday: acclimation/free day: hike a short distance to basecamp near Lower South Colony Lake. After setting up camp, you can dayhike, rest in camp, scout the routes, bag one of the easier peaks (such as Humboldt or Broken Hand), or whatever you want to do.
Monday: Attempt the first of four 14k peaks, Kit Carson. Mostly a long ridge walk with some class 3 scrambling near the summit.
Tuesday: Crestone Peak. A long, arduous day up and over Broken Hand Pass and up the famous "Red Gully."
Wednesday: Hike out to the trailhead; drive to Matterhorn Creek trailhead in the San Juan Mountains; hike a short distance into camp
Thursday: Climb Wetterhorn via a class 3 scramble up the southeast ridge
Friday: a long class 2 hike up Uncompahgre; spend one more night in the wild or hike out and drive back to civilization
Saturday: hike out and drive back to Denver
Sunday: fly home
We will be renting an SUV to get us to the trailhead, so be prepared to split the cost of that plus gas. You can prepare for the routes by visiting 14ers.com or purchasing a guidebook. Colordo's Fourteeners: From Hikes to Climbs by Gerry Roach is considered by almost all to be the bible for 14er peak bagging.
• What we'll do
Fairly wasy weekend in Deam. Planning on exploring the east side of the peninsula. We'll meet Friday night at the campsite 1/4 mile north of Grubb Ridge Parking. Saturday, we'll take Axom Branch Trail to the ruins and follow the shore line and find a camp site.
We will be doing a point to point hike, so we will need to shuttle cars prior to starting. We will be hiking the Swift Camp trail. Friday we will hike in about 1 - 1.5 miles to camp which will be next to the river. Saturday we will hike about 6 miles to our next campsite. Sunday out will be about 1 mile. Rock Bridge and Creation Falls is close to where we will camp Saturday. Mileage is low but this trail is a butt kicker. No significant amount of elevation gain just all lot of up and down. Last time we did this trail it was much better than the previous times since the have cleared out a lot of the downed trees.
• What we'll do
Three days/nights of backpacking in Roaring Plains, WV. I would like to be on the trail or at least at the trailhead by noon on Friday.
If you're coming Thursday night, there are campsites near the trailhead, on the left. Join our Facebook group chat for details.
If you're coming Friday, meet at the South Prong trailhead on Forest Road 19, a quarter mile east of Forest Road 70.
• What to bring
Everything needed for a self-sustained backpacking outing.
Map-reading skills, map and compass are absolutely essential. Please do not come to the trailhead without these. GPS also very beneficial, but not essential. Be prepared for any kind of weather and check forecast regularly in the days leading up to the hike. Be prepared for extremely wet trail conditions.
• Important to know
This is not a trip for beginners. While not expert-only level, the rugged terrain, remote location, zero cell phone reception, and at times hard to follow trail will make this a challenging event.
Not a beginner hike; you must be self sufficient. Looks like the heat and rain is going to settle down next week. Planning to car camp Sunday night, start on the trail Monday morning and hiking thru the week doing the Adena Trace Loop (25 miles), Shawnee State Forest Backpack Trail (40 miles), and if the weather holds out, finishing the week day hiking the Bloodroot Trail (14.5 miles) in no particular order. No sign-up, contact me if interested in going to all or any.