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Date Saturday  9/11/2021
End Date Saturday  9/11/2021
Group Denver
Event Title COMPLETE: White Ranch Park WTS Instructor M + C Orientation
Start Time 7:30 AM
Status Complete
Leader Terry Ploski
Member Price Free
Available Participants 8
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Casual
Classification Easy A
Trail Mileage 6
Elevation Gain 500
Driving Distance 25


We shall meet at the CoorsTek, 612 10th Street, Golden, CO 80401 parking lot at 6:45 AM for a 7:00 AM departure to the White Ranch Park West Trailhead, 25303 Belcher Hill Road, Golden, CO 80403. All CMC Covid 19 protocols are followed.

For more info Contact

Terry Ploski, (303) 748-3748,


Procees NB Rawhide Trail to the Sourdough Springs campground. Travel on and off trail to multiple points. This is a casual hike with plenty of time for questions/answers/discussion.


We met at the American Mountaineering Center, confirmed Covid-19 vaccination status, formed carpools, and drove to the Belcher Hill Road West Trailhead. We conducted the initial trailhead orientation and also included sighings, from the map kiosk, to:

  • Near peak: 0.76 mile, 18 Degrees True
  • Far peak: 2.14 mile, 21 Degrees True (Ralston Buttes)

We then proceeded NB Rawhide Trail to the Sourdough Springs Campground. While in transit, we conducted a pacing exercise, observed ridges, valleys, manmade features, and natural features. We enjoyed an extended break at the Sourdough Springs Campground, Site #7. The vault latrines were clean. There was no potable water and the pump was locked. While at Site #7, we plotted these two points:

  • START: SDS Map Kiosk: 0.34 mile, 356 True to a small S8 hilltop
  • S8 Hilltop: 0.07 mile, 327 True to the bench, located at the apex of the Rawhide Trail

Thereinafter, we continued to the (S2) junction of the Rawhide Trail and Waterhole Trail to plot and navigate to these points:

  • S2 Junction: 0.11 mile, 218 True to the S3 pole, located at the bottom of the gulley
  • S3 Pole: 0.12 mile, 223 True to the S4 outhouse, Sourdough Springs vault latrine. 
  • We then trekked to the SDS Map Kiosk: 0.11 mile, 173 True to the Pole, adjacent to the #1 Campsite.

Following our map and compass activities, we proceeded on the Rawhide Trail to the Wrangler's Run Trail. The Wrangler's Run Trail led us to the SB Rawhide Trail, past the Longhorn Trail Junction, to the White Ranch Park West Trailhead. Everyone applied copious amounts of sunscreen, consumed adequate amount of liquids, and enjoyed each other's fellowship during the course of the day. We returned to Golden in good spirits and looking forward to sharing the valuable lessons learned with out WTS students.


  • Lisa, Dave, Holly, and Beth were well prepared with the Ten Essentials.
  • All showed great teamwork, collaboration, and support to one another and also to me.
  • Collectively, they express good stamina, strength, and endurance; Dave and Lisa have the speed of youth.
  • We began the day, conducted the field activities, and concluded the day in a positive, enjoyable manner.
  • I highly recommend these participants to continue their journey as trip leaders and instructors.
  • They all are ready to take on challenging C-Difficult hikes based on their level of conditioning.



Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.