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    Like I said, I wish I could make it but alas, I need to attend to some dental issues. I will catch you guys on the next one hopefully and I'll be happy to show off my cooking skills then.

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    Re: CO>Lily Lake>26-28 July

    What kind of flies are y'all bringing?

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    Mmm, I just realized: I think all this time, I've been looking at the wrong lake. This isn't the one just northwest of Leadville, is it? Off the 70? I know of at least 2 Lily Lakes in CO, and neither of them seem to be the one planned. LOL.

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    Re: CO>Lily Lake>26-28 July

    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle View Post
    What kind of flies are y'all bringing?
    Bump. O.o

    Extra characters.

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    Ed is the one to answer the fly question and the lily lake question.

    Where you at Ed?

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    Trying to get my kitchen pass for this weekend. Looking forward to more details.
    This is 3 days 2 nights ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gagodfrey View Post
    Ed, I'm ordering a new tarp, but I don't think it will be here in time for the trip. Do you think I could borrow one of yours again?
    Hi Guys,
    I have extra tarps, hammocks and UQ I can loan out for this trip if any is in need of equipment.

    Doing a bit of research, this trip is a high altitude adventure starting at 10,600 and ending at Lily lake 12,350. Which is above treeline. Is the plan to camp below the lake on the switchbacks?

    Here's a few more details:
    Lily Lake Trail
    Beginning Elevation: 10,600 Feet (3304.2 Meters) Trailhead
    Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
    Elevation Gain: 1,760 Feet (548.6 Meters)
    Ending Elevation: 12,360 Feet (3852.9 Meters) Lily Lake
    Length, One-way: 3.5 Miles (5.83 Kilometers)
    Usage: Heavy
    USGS Map: Mosca Pass, Blanca Peak

    Directions:
    - Drive to the town of Gardner, northwest of Walsenburg on Colorado 69.
    - From Gardner, head west for about 1/2 mile on CO 69 and turn west on the road to Mosca Pass. There should be brown Forest Service signs on CO 69 indicating the turn.
    - Just after the start of this road, a Forest Service sign states "Upper Huerfano - 21.5" and "Lily Lake Trhd - 22.5".
    - After 7.0 miles the road turns to dirt.
    - Continue 4.8 miles to a junction and stay left on Forest Road 580.
    - Drive 3.4 miles and enter private property where a "Forest Access" sign reads "Upper Huerfano - 5.3 mi."
    - Continue 0.5 mile and stay left at the entrance to the Singing River ranch. The road becomes rough, narrow, but still 2WD.
    - Continue 0.9 mile and pass the entrance to the Aspen River ranch. The road becomes more difficult.
    - Drive 3.4 miles to enter the San Isabel National Forest.
    - Drive 0.8 mile and pass a small sign for the Huerfano and Zapata trails.
    - Drive 1 more mile to the end of the road at the Lily Lake TH.

    hth
    Last edited by OutandBack; 07-23-2013 at 07:33.
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    Man, I am having the hardest friggin' time finding this place on a map. I tried following the directions on google maps, but lost the road.

    Anyone happen to have coordinates for the trailhead?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle View Post
    Man, I am having the hardest friggin' time finding this place on a map. I tried following the directions on google maps, but lost the road.

    Anyone happen to have coordinates for the trailhead?
    N37 35.666 W105 29.421

    Kyle do you have a GPS that accepts Garmin files? I have made a track if you do.
    There are two TH and I am not sure which one Ed uses. So I tracked both.
    Last edited by OutandBack; 07-23-2013 at 11:50.
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    I've never actually been to this lake, so Ed would have to answer these questions. I'm meeting him tonight to go over the details (departure time, location, # of people, camp site ideas/locations, trail head, travel time, etc.) and I'll post all the info here ASAP.

    As far as I know we are up to about 10 or so people. Roughly half are hangers. The other half are soon-to-be-hanger converts (aka neanderthals that sleep on the ground like animals because they don't know any better).

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