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Date Saturday  7/10/2021
End Date Sunday  7/11/2021
Group Denver
Event Title BKPS Group 4 Field Day 3 - Overnight
Start Time 7:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader Sean O'Connell
Member Price Free
Available Participants 6
Type Trip
Trip Type Backpack
Pace
Classification Moderate B
Trail Mileage 6
Elevation Gain 1000
Driving Distance 120

Location

BKPS, Group 4, Field Day 2 is the second overnight for the 2021 Backpacking School (BKPS) season.

This trip will plan to depart from the CMC / AMS facility in Golden and the trailhead is at the Bruno Gulch trail head, just to the west of Geneva Road (Guanella Pass).....which is just to the west of Geneva Road.

First day is relatively easy 2.8 mile hike to the planned camp location.  There is an option to do some off-trail hiking to some nice scenic lookouts where there are pretty spectacular vistas.....pending interest by the group.  Second day will be to return along same route as we go in on.



For more info Contact

BKPS Group Leader, Sean O'Connell, can be reached at 303.590.4026 or at enginerd@comcast.net



Details

See "NOTES" section for trip report details.




Notes

Group 4 had an awesome weekend......and more than made up for our crappy trip two weeks ago.

We had our trip at Kirby Gulch.  The Bruno Gulch Road campground/parking area was PACKED and we found that the area has been changed to restrict areas for parking and such.  Also, each "camp" has been numbered and the Forrest Service clearly looks to be intent on controlling access and even space available for parking.  Crazy thing was that once we left the Bruno Gulch Road Trailhead, we only saw two day-hikers for both Saturday and Sunday.

We only had a total of 5 trip participants (including me) in this week's trip.  

Weather.......sunny and generally warm.  We did get down to 36 degrees overnight and found some frost on some of the grass/plants in and around camp in the morning.  One student said she didn't feel she had enough insulation under her, so another lesson learned which we discussed.

Bugs.....unlike most of your reports, I would say bugs were VERY mild for our location.  We saw mosquitos, but compared to other trips I would say this trip was on the "better" end of the bug scale from other areas/trips I have had.  We did talk about bug spray options (i.e. DEET versus Picaridin) and also about clothing treatment (Permethrin) options.

At the one creek crossing, we stopped, dropped packs and had a lesson about river crossings......even though this little trickle wasn't an issue at all.

We arrived at camp at just before 11:00 and we were able to get shelters set up and lunch served by 12:15 or so.

Provided we had good weather and sufficient time, my goal was to do an off-trail hike to the ridge north of the camp location to practice navigation.  With timing and weather looking awesome, we left camp after a bite for lunch and we got up to the 12,000- ft ridge about an hour or maybe 90 minutes later.  We stopped for a break and a snack to enjoy the views.  We took a casual stroll back down to camp and got back about 3:30.  

We hung out and relaxed before dinner and had a small campfire.  We checked Park County and there were no fire restrictions.  Frankly, I haven't seen this area as green and lush as it was, so I wasn't concerned about the small fire.  We hung out around the fire and then doused it with water at maybe 9:30-ish and all were in bed before 10:00.

On Sunday morning, most everyone was motivated to get moving out early so we planned to get on trail at 8:00.  We happened to head out about 8:30 as one of our group has a rough time with mornings.....a really rough time.  We had a nice and casual pace on our hike out and ended up hitting the cars about 10:00 AM.




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