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Date Saturday  9/7/2019
End Date
Group Denver
Event Title Rampart Range Ramble Denver Group Conservation Program hike
Start Time 6:30 AM
Status Complete
Leader Steve Bonowski
Co-Leader Phillip Kummer
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants 3
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Casual
Classification Difficult B
Trail Mileage 8
Elevation Gain 1500
Driving Distance

Location

We'll be in the Rampart Range south of Sedalia and east of Rampart Range Road, south of Devils Head.



For more info Contact

climbersteveb@gmail.com



Details

This exploratory trip, primarly for new conservation volunteers and leaders who may want to lead in this area, goes into the wild and semi-trackless 30,000 acre Rampart East Roadless Area. Strictly speaking, there are social trails, game trails, and illegal motorized recreation trails in this rugged country. Few people know such an area even exists so close to metro Denver and metro Colorado Springs.



We'll explore the northern end of the roadless area, off Dakan Mountain Road, USFS Road 563. There is an illegal motorcycle trail going off the road two miles east of Rampart Range Road. While here, we'll look for the hidden camera that has been put in to monitor the illegal use.



We'll move next down to USFS Road 327, which is roughly the boundary between the South Platte and Pikes Peak Ranger Districts. We'll explore some informal trails in the area and perhaps head across country up to Storm Peak, one of the higher summits in the roadless area.




Notes

We list this as a DIFFICULT hike since most of our travel will be going cross country. Total mileage may be shorter than the listed 8 miles.

Rampart Range Road is passable for regular cars, although it is narrow in places, especially going around Devil's Head, and may have some washboard. 

Dakan Mountain Road and USFS Road 327 will require high clearance, four wheel drive vehicles. We drive 2 miles one way on Dakan and up to three or so on 327. Depending on your vehicle, and its torque, you may not need four wheel drive all the time. But the high clearance provided by said vehicles is a must.




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