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Date Tuesday  2/19/2019
End Date
Group Denver
Event Title Harrison Plane Crash Site 8600' * from Palmer Lake Pike National Forest
Start Time 7:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader James Guerra
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants 7
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Moderate
Classification Easy C
Trail Mileage 12
Elevation Gain 2700
Driving Distance 65


Meet at 6:45AM in the parking lot of Cabela's at Ridgegate and I-25, so we can leave no later than 7:00AM.  Here is a Google Maps link to Cabela's:

We will be using the Palmer Lake Trailhead (7200' elevation) on the west side of the town of Palmer Lake.  Here is a link to the trailhead in Google Maps:

For more info Contact

Jim Guerra, 720-320-7262,


This hike is in some beautiful valleys in the Pike National Forest near Palmer Lake, in southern Douglas County and northern El Paso County, in an area seldom visited by people from the Denver area.

We will use start and end at the Palmer Lake Reservoir Trailhead at the town of Palmer Lake at 7200 ft elevation.  We will follow the Reservoir Trail up Monument Creek past the lower Reservoir, then we will take the Ice Cave Trail north up Ice Cave Creek, over a small pass, then down an unnamed creek to Cook Creek in Butler Canyon.  From there, the trail turns to the west up Cook Creek, then it leaves the canyon floor and goes uphill along a ridge ending at the Harrison Plane Crash Site at 8600 ft elevation.  Besides the site of the largely intact military plane crash from 1952, there are some large rock formations just north and east of the plane crash site that have some nice views.  We will then return to the trailhead using the same trails.  Most of the trail sees little direct sunlight this time of year, so you should expect to use your microspikes on most of the trail.








This is a Bobcat trip. The Bobcats mission is to ensure a variety of challenging CMC trips, especially “B Difficult” and “C” hikes and Difficult Snowshoes, for our mostly age-50+ constituents.  Although we have members, our trips are non-exclusive.  We welcome all CMC members to sign up for any Bobcats trip regardless of age or Bobcats membership. To join our mailing list, write or call CMC Membership Services at: or (303) 279-3080.


Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.