folks wish to run one of the more difficult trails (for my class of
Jeep). It'll be a long drive to get there but I've been curious - so
here we go.
The drive down I-25 was somewhat before morning rush hour. Blue sky for
the front range was enjoyed - morning sun lighting the white peaked
mountains. From the meet spot at west central Denver we were on US-285.
The first bit was not following a river and was up and down several
At Bailey we join the river and enjoy a more gradual and consistent
gradient to the road - working up in elevation to Kenosha Pass (10K
feet). Just before the pass, snowcovered trees and grass was the change
(road was dry). At the pass was a good fog bank. Down into south park
we had a fair bit of fresh snow (2 or 3 inches). The roads were mostly
dry with snowcoverd trees and large banks of fog.
Jumping out of south park at Trout Creek Pass the snow was switched off
- within about 1/2 mile of the pass there was no sign of snow - a
curious "switched on / switched off" transition between the two passes.
The trail had perhaps three obstacles that we needed to process.
Between them was a mix of easy trail or smaller obstacles that might
have bypasses. Scenery was in-the-trees with several views out to the
snow covered peaks across the valley (Mts Princeton and Yale - both
Being a weekday run - scheduled for low traffic - we did enjoy not seeing many others on the trail. Only a couple
vehicles were encountered. We didn't hold them up and neither did they
to us. We could take whatever time we wished and not be pressured.
A nice day out - though a long trek back and forth. I'd use the rating
for this trail to set my upper limit. I'm more for scenery than
6:00 am - On the road
to meet spot (C-470 @ US-285)
7:35 am - Arrive @
The Fort meet spot
7:47 am - Start drive
to trail head with fuel stop at Johnson Village
9:54 am - Arrive
trail head / air down
(28 min air-down)
10:22 am - Start trail
(7.2 miles of trail, 6h 14m overall, 1h talking @ Carnage Canyon exit)
4:37 pm - Finish
trail / air up
(40 min air-up)
5:17 pm - Start drive
to home with fuel stop at Morrison
9:00 pm - Home