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Date Friday  5/24/2013
End Date Monday  5/27/2013
Group Denver
Event Title Memorial Day, 4-Day Difficult Backpack Lost Creek Wilderness, Difficult Backpack Topos to include: Bailey, Windy Peak, Topaz Mountain and Shawnee
Start Time 7:00 AM
Status Canceled
Leader Dave Callais
Member Price Free
Available Participants 8
Type Trip
Trip Type Backpack
Pace Moderate
Classification Difficult 
Trail Mileage 41
Elevation Gain 5100
Driving Distance 100


Meet at the Wadsworth and Hampton park & ride just to southwest of highway 285.

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For additional information about this difficult early season backpack as well as to sign up for the trip, everyone must contact the leader at: or at: 303-237-3726. Please, no phone calls after 9:00 PM.


    This early season backpack will truly test one’s stamina and endurance. We’ll begin early Friday morning on Day #1 (after setting up a car shuttle) by hiking along the Colorado Trail from Kenosha Pass near to Long Gulch- 11/1,600'. Day #2 we’ll move camp by backpacking up the Colorado Trail to the headwaters of Lost Park and then continuing down Lost Park and over to and just past the Lost Park Campground- 13/1,100'. On Day #3, the group will backtrack back to the Colorado Trail (in Lost Park) and head southeast to a saddle; then we'll hike down the Colorado Trail to the Payne Gulch Trail where we'll follow it to a wonderful camp location along Bluestem Creek- 10/750'. On the final Day #4, we’ll backpack up the Payne Gulch Trail to a small saddle and down into Payne Gulch and back to the vehicles- 7/1,600'.


The backpacking trip I had originally planned for this area was planned based on a minimal snow pack, but due to all of the Front Range snow storms we received in the month of April, I had to change some of the routes ultimately coming up with the above description. Expect to see some snow on this backpack especially in some of the higher locations and shaded northeast aspects. If too much snow exists and prevents our moving along with the backpack, we'll reverse our direction and backtrack to the vehicles. Previous backpacking experience is necessary for this trip as well as carrying tall gaitors! NO SHOE SHOES WILL BE NECESSARY!

Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.