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Date Saturday  5/4/2019
End Date
Group Pikes Peak
Event Title PPG 100 Years - Carcass Canyon / Five Points Gulch
Start Time 7:30 AM
Status Approved
Leader Thomas Mowle
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants 8
Type Trip
Trip Type Scramble
Climb Type
Climbing Class
Pace Moderate
Trail Mileage 7.5
Elevation Gain 1500
Driving Distance 150


McIntyre Hills BLM Wilderness Study Area -- east of Texas Creek, south of the Arkansas.  Which makes it sound like it's in Louisiana, but it's not.

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The Pikes Peak Group turns 100 years old! This hike is part of our celebration weekend.


This trip is difficult, largely off trail, and exploratory to a small extent.  The scrambling portion will involve a series of non-technical but exposed pour-off climbs, traversing desert-ish terrain including cryptobiotic soil, and working through brush and boulders in a narrow canyon.  Scrambling or desert canyoneering experience is desirable; rock climbing is even better: if you are not comfortable climbing a bit off the solid ground, this is not a good trip for you.  This trip is a "U" of adjacent canyons with a 2 mile-car shuttle along US 50, so we want to take at least two cars to shuttle between the mouths.  We will start up "Carcass Canyon," which is a slot canyon opposite Hindman Gulch.  2.5 miles up a very narrow canyon will get us to a high point with a panoramic view of the northern Sangres.  We will then traverse a short distnace to the rim of Five Point Gulch, and down 500'.  This is the exploratory aspect as I think this will be a better route down than what I have used on other trips (I've viewed it from below but not hiked it).  The rest is a more benign hike, though still with some tricky spots: about four miles along a little used track down an often wide, sometimes narrow canyon.  We often see a lot of large animal tracks in Five Points, where there is more water (and we always find dead things in Carcass Canyon).  If for some reason Carcass proves impassible this year due to snow or flowing water, we will bail out to just hike up Five Points & back.  No pets or other non-human companions.



Spoiler alert! If you want to see what you would be getting into, here are some photos from the 2017 trip (no Facebook login required): , and here are some from the scouting trip in 2016: 


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