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Date Tuesday  7/30/2019
End Date
Group Denver
Event Title ISO-Mad Creek & Swamp Park Trails USFS Trail 1100
Start Time 8:00 AM
Status Approved
Leader Durham Monsma
Co-Leader Robbie Monsma
Member Price Free
Available Participants 10
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Moderate
Classification Moderate B
Trail Mileage 9
Elevation Gain 2100'
Driving Distance 14

Location

We will meet at the usual basecamp carpool meeting spot and then proceed north on Hwy 129 to the Mad Creek TH, not quite 7 miles.  We will make a right turn into a large dirt parking lot.  There is a pit toilet at the TH.



For more info Contact

Durham Monsma (djmonsma@gmail.com) or Robbie Monsma (remonsma@gmail.com)  Home 303-573-4923  On trip day the cell is 203-536-4199 (that's right 203)



Details

Our trail follows Mad Creek and soon becomes the Swamp Park Trail. The trail eventually crosses into the Zirkel Wilderness.  We will hike to the intersection of the Swamp Park and Elk Park Trails, at a large saddle/meadow with several stream beds nearby. There we will have lunch and then return the way we came.  The trail reportedly goes through aspen groves and large bouldered areas, flower meadows, and provides some deep canyon views.



Although mtn. bikes are allowed on this trail, they are allowed in most places near here.  We are counting on the relatively short distance from our TH to the Zirkel Wilderness (where bikes are not allowed) to encourage bikers to use other trails before this one. 



This trail is EXPLORATORY for the leaders so the stats are approximate.



Here is the AllTrails description of the trail: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/colorado/mad-creek-trail.



This is FS Trail #1100, https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mbr/recarea/?recid=22770.  The Wilderness limits groups to fifteen heartbeats.




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