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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 7:45 AM
Status Complete
Leader Robbie Monsma
Co-Leader Durham Monsma
Member Price Free
Available Participants 1
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Moderate
Classification Moderate B
Trail Mileage 9.5
Elevation Gain 1250'
Driving Distance 14

Location

We will meet at the ISO basecamp tent and then proceed south back toward town on Hwy 40, turning left on Hwy 129, following 129 NNE to the Mad Creek TH, not quite 7 miles in total.  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 also is called the Swamp Park Trail. At about two miles, we will encounter a historic barn, recently restored.  Next, we cross over a stile and enter a large cow pasture, where cows may be present. Soon thereafter the wide trail becomes a narrow single-track. The trail goes through aspen groves and large bouldered areas, tall-as-your-shoulders flower meadows, and provides some deep canyon views. We cross several biozones, so the foliage and flowers will change every mile or so.  The trail eventually crosses into the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness.  We will hike to the intersection of the Swamp Park and Elk Park Trails, at a large saddle/meadow, crossing a small stream to get there. We will have lunch in the meadow and streamside, and then return the way we came. 



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 cow pasture and then to the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness (where bikes are not allowed) to encourage bikers to use other trails before this one. 



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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