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Date Tuesday  5/7/2019
End Date
Group Denver
Event Title Ascending Hikes: CHANGE TO Ben Tyler Trail Difficult A
Start Time 8:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader John Walters
Member Price Free
Available Participants 2
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Moderate
Classification Difficult A
Trail Mileage 7
Elevation Gain 1200
Driving Distance 80


Meet at PnR on southwest corner of Hampden and Wadsworth.

For more info Contact

John Walters, 303-995-7638


This hike is switched from Burning Bear Trail on Guanella Pass Rd to Ben Tyler Trail from the 285 trailhead, 6.8 miles east of Bailey. Reason for the switch is because Burning Bear trail has so much snow it requires snowshoes, and some of our hikers didn't sign up for a snowshoe. In addition, spring temperatures are making the snow so soft by mid-morning that booting with traction is not feasible. Ben Tyler trail begins 1200' lower in elevation than Burning Bear, which should let us hike without too much snow interferrence. 

Ben Tyler Trail has two trailheads, the east TH on US 285 (our trail,) and the west TH on Rock Creek Rd, east of Kenosha Pass, near the Colorado Trail. From our trailhead on 285, the trail begins with a series of switchbacks, running southwest into Lost Creek Wilderness Area, over the Kenosha Mountains, then down Rock Creek gulch. Craig Park Trail intersects with Ben Tyler Trail near the saddle at the top of Ben Tyler Creek. We will not hike to the saddle, for we only want to achieve 1200' elevation gain for this trip. Once we gain the desired elevation, we will return to the TH the same way. 







 Trip Leader will email everyone two days before the hike with latest weather forecast and final details.


Starting this April, the Denver Member Initiatives Committee (DMIC) is excited to offer the Ascending Hikes series.  This program is geared towards new members and individuals seeking to gradually increase their fitness and hiking difficulty, with the goal of reaching the summit of a Colorado 14er in July 2019.  Members can sign up for any hike and do not have to sign up for the series.

The series will begin with a classification of Easy A hikes ( up to 8 miles round trip and/or 1200 ft. elevation gain) and progress to a classification of Difficult B hikes (up to 12 miles round trip and/or 2500 ft. elevation gain).  Hikes will occur on Tuesday and Saturday


Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.