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Unread 08-02-2013, 10:40 AM   #1
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Default Colorado High Country Trip 8/23-8/25

*I am orgainizing this through TW, but would love to have some T120 members join as welll*


So, in the effort to try to run a bunch of trails that I have been wanting to get out on, I am going to attempt to get a run together, hopefully I can get some folks interested in this run.

When: Friday 8/23 – Sunday 8/25
Where: Summit and Park County Trails including Deer Creek, Swan River, Wheeler Lake, Crystal Lake, Georgia or Boreas Pass, Webster Pass and Red Cone
Recommended Equipment: 32” tires, skids and sliders

High Country exploring! The snow has finally melted and all of these trails are accessible, trails range from easy dirt roads (Georgia Pass), steep shelf roads (Red Cone) to fairly difficult crawling (Wheeler Lake). Join on all or some of the trails to see some of the best scenery Colorado has to offer.

Proposed schedule:

Friday afternoon, 8/23
Head up 70 and run Deer Creek over to Swan River and camp somewhere along Swan River Friday night. These are fairly mellow trails that a stock truck should be able to easily handle.

Deer Creek: http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=378
Swan River: http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=114

Saturday, 8/24
Pack up camp and head over to Wheeler Lake, anyone not wanting to run Friday afternoon could meet at the Wheeler trailhead Saturday morning. This would be the hardest trail of the trip, I have not personally run it, but think it should be doable with 32’s and skids/sliders and good driving skills, others that have run it could chime in on this. Run the trail, hang out at the lake and then head back down and over to Crystal Lake. Crystal lake is an easier trail, and my thoughts were to run up to the lake and then camp somewhere near the lake or further down the trail near tree line, depending on the weather.

Wheeler Lake: http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=40
Crystal Lake: http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=252

Sunday, 8/25
Head back to Breck and then either over Boreas or Georgia pass for a mellow scenic drive over to 285 and then over to Webster Pass trailhead. Head up Webster and branch off to run Red Cone, then back down Webster and back to 285.

Boreas Pass: http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=74
Georgia Pass: http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=75
Webster Pass: http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=50
Red Cone: http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=9

I am open to suggestions for alternate trails, the main trail for me to run and focus of the trip is to run Wheeler Lake, the rest of the trails should be easier and very scenic. I will update with attendance and additional details as needed.

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1. Wishbone Runner
2. Squeaky Penguin
3. HOJeepster
4. NYCO (Meet at Crystal Sat. Night)




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Sweet! I've been waiting for a group trek. Count me in.
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Sweet! I've been waiting for a group trek. Count me in.
Cool, I will add you to the list!

Where are you located and when would you join the trip?
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I'm in Lyons. I'd want to do the Fri-Sun trip. I jumped over to TW, but the details still seemed slightly unclear.

Also, is a CB radio required? I'm gearing up for this.
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I'm in Lyons. I'd want to do the Fri-Sun trip. I jumped over to TW, but the details still seemed slightly unclear.

Also, is a CB radio required? I'm gearing up for this.
OK, cool. Same post as on TW, just let me know what other questions you have.

A CB makes it way easier for everyone to communicate, I wouldn't say it is required, but I strongly recommend getting one, especially if other group trips are in your future. Myself (and I'm sure others) would be happy to help you with any questions or install/tuning. I have a SWR meter for tuning if needed, I am down in Arvada.
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Right on. I'm reading up on the other CB posts now. I should have all my skids installed by mid August as well as all my recovery gear. Yeehaw I'm looking forward to this.
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Some pics from Red Cone this past weekend











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heck yes. I went out to Left hand canyon with another member on Saturday...practicing
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heck yes. I went out to Left hand canyon with another member on Saturday...practicing
Which trails did you run there?
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Lefthand Main 286, Witz Trail 843, Castlegulch Ridge 287B, and had to sneak through the gate 287A to complete the loop. There were 2-3 small sections that were pretty challenging, but we made it. Only a few new scratches.

http://staythetrail.org/maps/viewtrail.php?trail_id=23
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Cool, check out Fireman Hill (286D) next time you are out there for a good hill climb.
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Bump to get some more 120 folks in on this.
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What time are we thinking of meeting on Friday? And where?
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I was thinking the RTD lot at I70 and Ward, I have to work most of the day, so maybe meet at 4. That would give us an hour to get up to the trail head, and a few hours on the trail, then setup camp before dark.
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Can we revise the meeting spot to 4pm at Wooly Mammoth Parking Lot of I-70 and HWY 93?

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We would probably be better off going up 6 to avoid traffic, how about at the dirt lot at 6 and 93 @4? I will PM you my cell as well.

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Start at the 12 min mark, isn't that the "V" obstacle on Wheeler Lake? Looks crazy! Doubt my street daisy can do that...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X04lU_-vCdw
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Start at the 12 min mark, isn't that the "V" obstacle on Wheeler Lake? Looks crazy! Doubt my street daisy can do that...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X04lU_-vCdw
there is a nice bypass to the left of the notch at Wheeler if you don't feel like trying it ...but it is fun
one spot that really lets ATRAC shine if your spotter is good
it can been all be done open on 32"s with no real risk of body damage
It's a great FUN trail that leads up to beautiful views

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damn! those photos are classic. thanks for the feedback, i'm getting pumped for this trip
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That's a cool video!

Shabaka's pics from a few weeks ago are what convinced me to get this trip together, with the focus on Wheeler.
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