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Date Wednesday  6/5/2019
End Date
Group Boulder
Event Title Awesome Wednesday Evening (AWE) Hike
Start Time 5:25 PM
Status Complete
Leader Rebecca Ruttenberg
Co-Leader Karen Baldwin
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants 6
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Moderate
Classification Moderate AI
Trail Mileage 4
Elevation Gain 750
Driving Distance 1


Carpool Location:  Table Mesa Shopping Center, meet by the (most recent) former CMC Boulder Club room location (between Great Clips and Elevations Credit Union) at the bench in front of Art Cleaners by 5:25 PM for a prompt 5:30 PM departure for trailhead.   Table  Mesa Shopping Center is on the SW corner of Table Mesa and Broadway, and the former CMC clubroom is on the west side facing Chase Bank.

Trailhead Location:   Eldorado Mountain Trailhead Access for Springbrook North Trail (see directions below).


NOTE:  If there is a mud closure, we will do an alternate hike, so please meet at the carpool location rather than the trailhead (if it rains a lot before Wenesday, there may be a mud closure).

Hike Venue:  Springbrook North Loop and Goshawk Ridge (Wildflower Hike)

For more info Contact

Becky Ruttenberg. Call or text me at 303 579-3523 if you are arriving less than 5 minutes late to trailhead.



To better track participation, please register ahead of time for this trip but it is  also OK to show up at the carpool location


HIKE ROUTE:  (~4 miles total) 

The FowlerGoshawk Ridge and Spring Brook North trails form a short but varied lollipop loop through Boulder Open Space lands and the Eldorado Mountain Habitat Conservation Area.  We begin at the access point at the end of Boulder County Road 67 and travel counter-clockwise along the Fowler Trail, Goshawk Ridge and Spring Brook North trails.

We begin at the Fowler Trail access at the end of Boulder County Road 67. Through the gate, you'll see a regulation board at the beginning of the Fowler Trail. The trail rises up a service road through open space with views across the base of Eldorado Canyon. A steady climb leads up to the Spring Brook North Trail split (.55 miles : 6,075') and levels through a narrows at the end of the ridge, blasted through it creating  high side-cliffs (.75 miles).  It then continues on a long slow incline to the Goshawk Ridge Trail split (1.05 miles : 6,105'). Turn left off the sharp right-hand curve of the gravel road to move onto the Goshawk Ridge Trail.

The Goshawk Ridge Trail, completed in 2009, enters the Eldorado Mountain Habitat Conservation Area and narrows to a single track up an open meadow hillside where we hope to catch wildflowers still at their peak (1.4 miles : 6,285'). Passing up through that meadow, the trail crests a ridge (1.55 miles : 6,373'), reaches a second crest (1.85 miles : 6,605'), and then sweeps back down along the fringe of a mixed pine forest, through slender, grassy, bouldered N-S meadows. It's gradually enveloped by timber and drops onto tight switchbacks down a steep gully. The descent down the gully will take you right down to the ruins of a stone dugout. There are several in the area (don't forget though, that you are not allowed to veer off-trail in this HCA without a permit). Historians know this area as "Bob's Railroad Camp". There are remnants of a road bed which eventually connects with the railroad, leading us to believe the site was a construction camp for the railroad bed constructed circa 1900.

The gully soon spills into a broad, sloping ponderosa forest.This beautiful ecotone of co-existing Ponderosa pines and cactus is the location of one of the boundary lines of a planned but never-built townsite that was to be called "Forest Park." In 1907, this property was platted by the Traction Land Co. and stone alignments were laid out to mark the locations of the future streets. In fact, some streets were named, although the town never materialized. The company sold the land in 1918 to nearby rancher Richard Beasley. 



Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.