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Date Sunday  12/3/2017
End Date
Group Denver
Event Title Ralston Roost GGCSP
Start Time 8:30 AM
Status Complete
Leader Grover Cleveland
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants No tickets left
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Casual
Classification Difficult A
Trail Mileage 4.5
Elevation Gain 1199
Driving Distance 30


American Mountaineering Center (CMC office) in Golden; across the street on east side of building

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ph: 303-650-6528    call anytime


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In Golden Gate Canyon State Park west of Golden we ascend Black Bear Trail steeply to a rocky ridge which we follow to the high point at 2.2 miles.  There is some minor scrambling on the ridge which could be complicated by ice, and hiking  progress is slow.  From here we descend to an unnamed cutoff trail leading to the Horseshoe Trail for the return trip down the valley.   We may pick up the pace a bit on this easy trail.  It takes one more cutoff to get back to Black Bear Trail which rises only 100 ft but is prone to being icy depending on conditions.  This time of year expect any of packed snow, mushy snow, ice, mud, and dry trail conditions.  Foot traction is recommended unless everything is dry.  I am rating this short trip "Difficult" because of the steep and rocky trail to the high point.

We should be back to Golden before 2PM, plenty of time to ready for the Denver Group Annual Dinner at 5PM.


Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.