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Date Saturday  1/20/2018
End Date Saturday  1/20/2018
Group Pikes Peak
Event Title Crags Area Snowshoe
Start Time 8:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader Tony Eichstadt
Co-Leader Y Mason
Member Price Free
Available Participants 6
Type Trip
Trip Type Snowshoe
Pace Moderate
Classification Moderate B
Trail Mileage 4
Elevation Gain 1000 feet
Driving Distance 70

Location

We will meet at the Red Rocks Safeway at 3275 W Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs to form carpools for the drive to the trail head. We will DEPART from the Safeway parking lot at 8:00 AM. We can stop for people in Woodland Park at the Park & Ride behind Joanie's Deli or in Divide at the Sheriff's office. Please let the Leaders know if you want to meet us in Woodland Park or Divide or at the trail head.



For more info Contact

Tony Eichstadt,  teichstadt@comcast.net,  740-601-3611



Details

We'll snow shoe a 4 mile loop with about 1000 feet of elevation gain. About half of the loop will be on trail and about half will be off trail. This area normally has good snow in January. We'll begin at the parking area just above the Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp. We'll hike along the road to the Crags main parking lot and turn left to follow an old wagon road up to a saddle. The saddle normally has nice sun where we will stop for lunch. After lunch, there is a steep North facing down hill slope that is fun to "glide" or run down if the snow is deep enough. Then we'll turn left to climb an old wagon road to a section of the Ring the Peak trail and then bush whack back to the parking area. We should be back to the cars by 1:30 or 2:00 PM. This is a very pleasant loop that I first did on a trip led by Bill Brown. Participants in the PPG snow shoe class are encouraged to participate in this trip as it is a good beginner trip.



Last year, the National Forest Service closed the road to the Crags on 1-17-2017 and also closed the area where we planned to snow shoe for dead tree removal. If they close this area again this year, we will move our trip a few miles South to the Horse Thief Park area.




Notes

Due to lack of snow in the Crags, this trip was changed to a hike in the Horse Thief Park area. We had a total of 7 of us on the hike. It turned out to be a very pleasant warm day. We hiked 5.3 miles and climbed 1500 feet. We were back at the TH by about 1 pm.




Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.