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Date Friday  7/16/2021
End Date Sunday  7/18/2021
Group Denver
Event Title CANCELED California Peak 13849' (Sangre De Cristos) 3 day w/backpack
Start Time 12:30 AM
Status Canceled
Leader Grover Cleveland
Member Price Free
Available Participants Standby
Waitlist Participants 4
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Moderate
Classification Moderate C
Trail Mileage 8
Elevation Gain 3100
Driving Distance 420



Meet at RTD Ridgegate Parkway Light Rail Station just south of Denver at Ridgegate Pkwy exit off I-25 (10791 S Havana St, Lone Tree, CO 80124).  There is a very large parking garage here and we park on the first level near the NE entrance (not the SE lot).  Both a recent weekday and weekend check found the facility nearly empty (why was this mammoth built?), ie there is plenty of room to park.

Logistics are we leave Friday 12:30PM and drive I-25 south to Walsenburg, then west through Gardner to lower Huerfano TH, pile into the leaders 4WD pickup for the rough ride to upper Huerfano TH.  If another member also has a 4WD (and is willing to drive) we can take a few more people on this trip.  From here we pack up to a higher elevation camp for our summit climb the following day (Saturday).  We pack out and drive back to Denver Sunday, probably arriving mid afternoon.  So this is more a 2+ day trip spread out over 3 calendar days.

For more info Contact


ph: 303-650-6528

cell: available when you sign up


California Peak is a Colorado "centennial" summit (highest 100 mountains) located in the southern Sangre De Cristo mountains west of Walsenburg.  It is one of a cluster of high peaks including 14ers Blanca, Little Bear, Lindsey, and Ellingwood Point, and just across the valley from fellow centennial Heurfano Peak.  We hike among giants here and will see them all on our (Class II) ascent of California's south ridge via Lily Lake.  While many climb this peak as a (CMC class D) day hike from TH, at 4100' of elevation gain this old leader must resort to a short backpack to reduce the summit day gain to a CMC class C day hike with 3000+ ft gain.  Nonetheless, the pack-and-climb will slow the process and give our group more time to appreciate the beauty of this fine Colorado mountain area.  Individual food is the order of the day.  Plan for 2 breakfast, 1 lunch, 2 dinner on trail.  Expect few to none other people on the mountain (unlike neighboring 14ers).  And bring a bear can!

We are taking just 5 people (unless we get another driver w/4WD ) so please do not sign up unless you really intend on going.  Cancellations near trip day usually go out with open slots - very frustrating to the leader.



Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.