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Date Wednesday  7/3/2019
End Date
Group Denver
Event Title RMOTHG Reynolds Ranch BCPOS
Start Time 7:45 AM
Status Complete
Leader Michael Tamny
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants 1
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Casual
Classification Moderate A
Trail Mileage 4.5
Elevation Gain 500
Driving Distance 55

Location

Boulder County Parks and Open Space (BCPOS) property Reynolds Ranch

Starting from Coors Tech:
- get onto Washington Ave heading north until it runs into CO-93
- turn right onto CO-93 heading north to the intersection with CO-72
- turn left onto CO-72 heading up Coal Creek Canyon to the intersection with CO-119
- turn right onto CO-119 (Peak-to-Peak hwy) heading towards Nederland for approximately one mile to the intersection with Magnolia Drive - you'll see stop signs on both sides of the road at this intersection
- turn RIGHT onto Magnolia Drive and proceed approximately a bit more than 1.5 miles
- Make an u-turn at the modest widening of the road on the left, a bit of more substantial fencing, and Magnolia Drive makes a sharp right..



For more info Contact

Michael Tamny
303.271.0838 (720.206.6755 day of hike only)
matamny@ecentral.com



Details

The BCPOS property Reynolds Ranch shares land with Roosevelt National Forest south of Nederland between Barker Reservoir and Magnolia Drive. BCPOS has not developed Reynolds Ranch, I have not found any signage on the trails (except for FS 606), and the several maps I've consulted differ on what trails and where the trails go. That said, the combination of great views, deep forest, and light use make it a great destination for one of our hikes.

John Pearson and I got lost on several scouts in previous years and never reached our destination the Barker Reservoir dam. However, I have worked out a introductory hike that will probably take 3.0-3.5 hours (I don't have a gps) in which we'll drop down 500' from a start point around 8700' to get to the reservoir edge, then climb back up, probably more than 500'. There's really no place that would make for a mid-hike stopping point.

This route follows a mixture of trails, some definite, some very faint, some rocky, some with slash, and always requiring close attention not to wander off in some unexpected direction. The climb back is a slog. However, we'll generally be in the woods which provides shade much of the time.

This is not a hike for tigers - we need to stick together as a group. There's lots of tricky places so bring poles. The flowers have been pretty impressive on scouts - I expect the bloom will hang on through next week.


Notes

I WILL LIMIT THE ROSTER TO 8 ON THIS HIKE.

CDOT has extensive road work on CO-72 with multiple stops and sometimes a detour. Also CDOT has been closing Boulder Canyon for extensive periods during the day which causes heavier traffic on CO-72. Expect an hour's drive to the TH.




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