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Date Tuesday  6/18/2019
End Date Wednesday  6/19/2019
Group Denver
Event Title Lost Creek Wilderness Climate Hike Refrigerator Gulch
Start Time 6:30 AM
Status Approved
Leader Karl Ford
Member Price Free
Available Participants 4
Type Trip
Trip Type Backpack
Pace Moderate
Classification Moderate B
Trail Mileage 17
Elevation Gain 2500
Driving Distance tbd


Join Wild Connections for our first ever climate backpack in Refrigerator Gulch in the Lost Creek Wilderness. This outing is located in the high elevation of Pike National Forest, southwest of Deckers, just over an hour from SW Denver or Colorado Springs.

This moderately strenuous overnight backpack hike will cover approximately 17 miles, with 2000 feet of elevation gain. This hike begins at the Wigwam Creek trailhead and ascends Wigwam Ck and a tributary drainage, then descends 1000 feet to Refrigerator Gulch where we will camp for the night. Day 2 we will return the way we came. Prior backpacking experience is required. No heavy packs >30 lbs (not counting water) please as we will move at a moderate pace.

We will also enjoy great views of Wigwam Park and Peak and of the amazing jumbled topography of the Lost Creek Wilderness. As a special feature of this hike, we will study how the heavily dissected topography of this area lends itself to cold air pools that scientists are identifying as wildlife and native plant refugia and climate corridors. We will record microclimate temperature changes in differing topography locations and note and photograph the corresponding plant life on a citizen science app for smartphones. On day 2, we will return, taking additional measurements. Cold air pools serve not only as areas where plants and animals may persist in a warmer, drier climate, but also as climate corridors where they may migrate northerly or altitudinally.

Participants should bring 2 lunches, one dinner, one breakfast and snacks, the ten essentials including water treatment, lightweight camping gear and extra clothing, comfortable hiking footwear and raingear.

This hike is co-sponsored by the Wild Connections, and the Colorado Mountain Club. For more information or to sign up, contact trip leader, Karl Ford at Carpools will leave Denver and Colorado Springs or meet at the trailhead at 9:00 June 18.

Directions from Denver: From Pine Junction, go south about 20 miles to the Cheeseman Canyon turnoff onto FS 211

proceeding about 2 mi to FS 560, turn right and continue 4 mi to FS 545 and left for about 1 mi to the trailhead.

From Colorado Springs, go to Woodland Park and north on CO67 about 25 mi to Deckers, then 3.5 mi west to the

Cheesman Canyon FS 211 turnoff as above.




For more info Contact

Karl Ford,






Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.