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Date Saturday  6/8/2019
End Date
Group Denver
Event Title Ascending Hikes: Six Benchmark (Lyons area) Moderate B
Start Time 8:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader Grover Cleveland
Co-Leader Jeff Stevens
Member Price Free
Available Participants 4
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Moderate
Classification Moderate B
Trail Mileage 7.5
Elevation Gain 1500
Driving Distance 90


Meet at RTD Park-N-Ride at 88th Ave and Sheridan Blvd in Westminster;  this P-N-R occupies both sides of the Boulder Turnpike (Hwy-36) connected by a pedestrian bridge across the turnpike.  We meet on the Denver inbound side (the west side) which is NOT the parking garage side.  Google sends you to the parking garage!

If coming from Boulder/Longmont area we can meet you on the way.  Let me know and I will send some pickup points.

For more info Contact


ph: 303-650-6528

cell: available shortly before trip date


This is St Vrain North Fork country east of Allenspark and west of Lyons.  The river is in a 1500' deep canyon here offering many great hikes which are unfortunately undervisited by CMC.  We ascend the west side of Button Rock Mountain to a spectacular overlook of Buttonrock Dam called Six Benchmark by starting up a rough USFS road which leaves Big Elk Meadows road and climbs toward the summit.  We eventually leave that road and follow an unmarked trail to a rocky outcrop which is the benchmark, then continue around a loop of the summit back to the road.  There is an optional scramble to the very edge of the benchmark outcrop which requires a little courage.  We may also visit Buttonrock summit with a short side hike and unintimidating scramble.  Great views of Meeker and Longs Peaks far above and Button Rock Reservoir far below.



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.