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Date Wednesday  2/19/2020
End Date
Group Denver
Event Title Canceled - RMOTHG Hicks Mountain Snowshoe Arapaho National Forest
Start Time 7:30 AM
Status Canceled
Leader Daniel Schweissing
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants 9
Type Trip
Trip Type Snowshoe
Pace Moderate
Classification Moderate 
Trail Mileage 8.2
Elevation Gain 1184
Driving Distance 41

Location

Meet at the Wooly Mammoth Park-N-Ride, Section AA.  I'll be driving a charcoal gray Honda CR-V with Fort Lewis College license plates and a CMC sticker on the right rear window.

Please arrive at 7:20am so that we can arrange car pools for a prompt 7:30am departure.

Cost of carpooling is $9 per vehicle, to be divided among driver and passengers.  Please bring change.

As there are no outhouses at the trailhead, you may wish to use the restrooms at the Kum and Go (also a great place to top off your coffee mug and stock up on snacks for the trail) adjacent to Wooly Mammoth BEFORE our 7:20 carpool meetup.

To Hicks Mountain Overlook Trailhead:

  • Google Map directions are available here.
  • West on I-70 to Exit 252 (Evergreen Parkway/CO-74)
  • South on Evergreen Parkway (CO-74) ~2.8 miles
  • West on Squaw Pass Road ~3.7 miles
  • Turn Right on Old Squaw Pass Road
  • Trailhead and Limited Parking Available on the Lefthand Side of the Road within 50 yards of the turn.


For more info Contact

Leader:  Daniel Schweissing aka Colorado Jones

720-440-4944
dschweissing@gmail.com

It's okay to send me a text, but I will probably call rather than text you back if you need a response.

 

Co-Leader:  Tim Lane:  303-503-1914 / timlane54@gmail.com



Details

Our pace will be "Over the Hill Gang" moderate, meaning that we will travel a bit faster than would be the case on a typical easy snowshoe.  But we won't be setting any speed records either.  In other words, if you're a super fast (or super slow) hiker, this trip may not be a good fit for you.  Please e-mail or give me a call if you have questions about pace.



So here's the plan:  This is an out-and-back trip.  Beginning at the trailhead, we will descend 200' over the first half mile, where we will enjoy a nice view of the Golden Reservoir.  From there we enjoy a gentle uphill climb (~700' elevation gain) for the next 2 1/2 miles.  At that point, the trail crosses Squaw Pass Road and mostly flattens out for the final mile, leading us to an open meadow with some interesting mid-twentieth century human artifacts.  Most likely, this will be our lunch spot and turnaround point.  During yesterday's scout, the trail was broken and semi-hard packed, making for nice snowshoe conditions.  At some points, the trail was a good 18"-24" below the snowline.  If significant snowfall over the weekend requires us to break new trail, we may need to shorten the route.  Alternatively, if both our pace and trail conditions are good (and EVERYONE in the group agrees), we will have the option to contine up to the top of the trail (for an additional 2 miles RT and 500' elevation gain).  Here is a detailed trip map.



Bring your ten essentials and sufficent food and water for an all-day trip in sub-freezing temperatures.



Please let me know in advance if you have any medical issues that may affect you on this hike.



 




Notes

This is a trip for RMOTHG members.  Guests of RMOTHG members (50 years of age and older) are welcome on a space available basis.  Please contact the trip leader directly if you are an eligible guest who wishes to register for this trip.




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