Going west over Georgia Pass is more scenic and has more water sources. Going east the trail crosses Highway 285 and goes through a capital W Wilderness area. In the Wilderness Area the group size is limited to 15 and dogs must remain on leash. NO mountain bikes in the Wilderness Area.
Since you have taken the vacation time and made travel arrangements you will have the opportunity for a high quality three night hike.
Monday, the 20th, there was snow on the drive to the Lost Park Campground, but the overnight low Monday night was 37 degrees. There was NO snow on the drive out Wednesday.
There will be a hang, and there will be a hike.
It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
- Mark Twain
General Info on Lost Creek Wilderness Area:
Located in Pike National Forest
Neighboring towns: Tarryall, Deckers, Buffalo Creek, Bailey, Estabrook, Glenisle, Shawnee, Singleton, Grant, Jefferson, Englewood, Colorado Springs
Lost Creek's countless polished granite domes and half-domes, knobs, spires, and buttresses make it one of the state's unique wilderness areas. In many ways, the open parks and granite outcrops resemble a miniature Yosemite Valley.
Granite rock piles swallow Lost Creek no less than nine times, giving rise to the creek's name. And despite the fact that the area includes most of three mountain ranges - the Platte River, Kenosha, and Tarryall mountains - its character remains one of forest-ringed parks and clear streams rather than alpine tundra.
Lost Creek got its name from its habit of disappearing several times into rock piles and reappearing later downhill. The northern section contains most of the Platte River Mountains and the Kenosha Mountains.
During the first U.S. Forest Service RARE process, Lost Creek received more comments recommending its wilderness designation than any other Colorado area. The cross-state Colorado Trail passes through the area.
Lost Creek offers an intimate encounter with wilderness, much different from the overpowering alpine scenery of the Maroon Bells or Weminuche.
Beyond the Lost Park Campground, for example, the trail rounds a bend and granite shoulders narrow to literally form a wilderness portal around Lost Creek. In the restricted confines of this small canyon, the creek reflects darkly and its roar reverberates through the dense forest that encloses the trail.
Mule deer, elk, bobcat and black bear all roam the area, and one of the state's most productive bighorn sheep herds inhabits the Tarryall Mountains.
Elevation:8,000 to 12,400+ feet
Miles of trails: 100
info copied from http://www.coloradowilderness.com/wi...lostcreek.html
Last two day have been in the 90's Hot Hot Hot by Colorado standards. Melt baby melt.
13 days and counting... I'm getting excited.
Ditto! Barring Murphy, I will be there. Not with a hammock. Not yet anyway, been doing lots of educating thanks to these forums and YouTube videos (Shug's and Grizz's videos respectively).
Getting my first backpacking tent (on sale for $100). It will double for a weekend car camping tent with the wife to be as well. Also bringing a Coleman Stove that just might be older than me. Want to run it ragged to see if it is worth the hassle dissembling and giving it a through cleaning to. So feel free to use it if y'all want. If I get the shower tent (this isa car camping trip for me) I will also be bringing a Zodi propane powered shower to test (again I'll run it if y'all want to try it out) and a camp table with two benches. And various other goodies to play with. God I have not done anything in far too long!
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Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
I've been watching the weather for jefferson lake for a couple of weeks now, looks like great hiking if the storms hold off while we're there.
I've only hiked through about 6 to 8 inches of snow, knee deep sounds a little extreme. How much snow would everyone else consider a doable amount?
A big thanks to food and outandback for the scouting reports. This will be my first trip to Colorado so the pics and trail descriptions are helping alot with deciding what to bring and what to leave out.
Last Thursday I was in the Rampart Range area. Spent the day hiking to see what it's like with a 40 lb pack at that elevation in prep for this get together. I found I need more water carrying "capability". 2 liters isn't enough.
Also need a lighter weight full brim hat. Guess I'm off to Gander Mountain.
Here's a few picts of the melt off.
As for snow depth I think we will just have to make the decision while on the trail.
If the groups says this is no fun we'll turn around. I still give us a 50/50 chance we can get thru.
IF we can't get thru we are in an area so spectacular we will find a place to hike and hang.
First time to CO. It will be hard to not pack the kitchen sink just in case. Try your best to keep your
pack as light as possible. A heavy pack will spoil your trip I promise.
We should have access to a lot more water with snow banks and melting snow all around us. That said, bring as much water carrying capacity as you feel comfortable with.
How was your hike at altitude with a 40# pack? I have my pack down to 23# with 2L of water and 4 days worth of food and it's still kicking my butt when climbing. See my facebook picture link above for my latest get in shape for the Colorado Summer Hang.
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