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Date Saturday  7/10/2021
End Date Sunday  7/11/2021
Group Gore Range
Event Title RECON Backpack, Elliott Ridge and Gore Range Trail, Eagles Nest Wilderness, 2-day Loop
Start Time 8:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader Dale Pfaff
Member Price Free
Available Participants 2
Type Trip
Trip Type Backpack
Pace Moderate
Classification Moderate III
Trail Mileage 23
Elevation Gain 4100
Driving Distance 200

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Meeting location and carpooling info will be provided via email prior to trip date.



For more info Contact

To register, contact Dale Pfaff, (847) 504-6650, daletpfaff@gmail.com



Details

Description: This is my first time for this loop thus this is a RECON/exploratory Trip for the offical BPX Trip in August.  Roster will be reserved for Gore Range Members first.  Trip is in north end of Eagles Nest Wilderness and takes Elliott’s Ridge, with optional side excursion to Meridian Peak, and then connecting with the Gore Range trail for camping at nice unnamed lakes. This is a RECON Trip and will be at a faster pace, with camping at Upper Cataract Lake.   Second day we pass Eaglesmere Lakes and complete the loop back to trailhead along the Gore Range trail and North Fork Elliott Creek Trail. 



Itinerary: 

Day 1 will be a long, tough day: From the Elliott Ridge TH (~Elevation 11,198') take Elliott Ridge Trail 1895 to the SSE. After 5 miles, we will head up to Meridian Peak an then return to Upper Cataract Trail 63.  To go to Meridian Peak continue to follow the ridge, on or off trail. Meridian Peak (Elevation 12,426') offers great views into a rugged part of the Gore Range. Retrace our steps to get back on Upper Cataract Trail 63 and after less than one mile and going down some zigzags, pass by Mirror Lake and continue to Upper Cataract Lake to camp. Note: there is a significant climb between Mirror Lake and Upper Cataract Lake, and the latter requires taking a short informal trail to the right. (~ 12 miles to Upper Cataract Lake, Elevation 10,760')  We will cross over a couple of high points at Elevations 11,900'. 



Day 2: Take Upper Caterack Lake Trail 63 to the intersection of Trail 63 and the Gore Range Trail (Trl 60). Take Trl 60 to the NW passing Eaglesmere Lakes.  Shortly after leaving the Eagles Nest Wilderness, turn left onto North Fork Elliott Creek Trail 1831.1A (may just be indicated as 1A), then continue on jeep road 1831 to the vehicles. (~11 miles, starting elevation at 10,758' down to 9,850 back up to 11,198')



 



 




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